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  1. How cost effective modular education facilities can boost the sector

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    The education sector in the UK is largely underfunded and overcrowded. For example, English secondary schools are facing the crunch with the largest class sizes in 20+ years.

    Educational institutions of all kinds are dealing with similar problems, this means expanding facilities and space for students are the top priorities for many educational institutions – ranging from primary and secondary schools to colleges and universities.

    Modular construction offers a cost effective solution for the education sector

    Given that budgets are tight and constructing new spaces is incredibly expensive, the answer for many lies in modular construction solutions. At Thurston, we have worked on many education projects over the years and have perfected our turnkey solution for this sector.

    Before we look at a few case studies, let’s go into the benefits of modular construction for the education sector.

    Benefits of modular construction for education

    Given that these institutions are already overcrowded and under pressure, the last thing they often need is a long-running construction project on site. And that’s probably one of the biggest benefits of cost effective modular construction for education.

    As with all of our modular construction solutions, 9% of the build is completed in our factories off site. Then it’s delivered and installed pretty much ready to go – this massively cuts down the disruption on site, which is extremely important in this sector. This often means that modular construction projects can be completed even in term-time if necessary.

    Highest quality designs with minimal disruption

    Our quality control is extremely strict, which means that absolutely no part of the modular construction project leaves our factory until it’s 100% checked and ready. Throughout the entire process, we keep this level of scrutiny and regulation. For example, during design we utilise the RIBA Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) to guide the whole process through to completion.

    By ensuring the highest standards throughout, we can ensure that ongoing costs are kept as low as possible. Ongoing maintenance will not cost the educational establishment in the future, and our process also helps to cut down waste and boost sustainability.

    Because nothing leaves our factory without being fully tested and signed off, there is far less likelihood of problems at a later stage. This means providing durable buildings that are guaranteed to last for at least 60 years. It also means fewer ongoing maintenance issues due to its solid quality when it was designed and built.

    Flexible design solutions for changing needs

    Another key benefit to the educational establishment is the flexibility of modular construction. Our portable buildings can be modified, designed and adapted to exactly fit the needs of each client. Furthermore, modules can be added or removed to meet changing demand, with very little stress to the client.

    Given that educational numbers are often difficult to predict, this offers the kind of flexible solution that is particularly beneficial for this sector. Bespoke design means we can adapt the modular building to the client’s needs and we can match with existing buildings.

    Modular buildings for the education sector are a cost-effective and fully flexible solution for changing times. The most important aim of educational institutions is to provide the best possible services for every pupil or student, and modular construction is a key part of this.

    Schools and educational institutions that are looking to grow also benefit from the flexible use cases offered by modular construction. Buildings can serve multiple purposes, from classrooms to storage spaces and from gyms to lecture halls. We also provide living spaces and student accommodation for universities.


    Aberystwyth University – Student accommodation

    The university needed more accommodation. We worked with Campus Living to install a bespoke design three storey student accommodation building using modular construction.

    The facility was designed to the individual requirements of the university and ended up with 60 modern bedrooms for new students, all fully furnished. We worked to tight deadlines in order to minimise disruption to students.

    ST CECILIA’S CofE School – modular classroom

    This project was on behalf of Kier Construction and formed part of the SCAPE Better Building School initiative. We designed and built a brand new modular classroom block over two storeys that matched the existing buildings at the school. Volumetric Modular was selected in order to minimise risk on site and achieve the delivery programme that was needed. Thurston’s precision manufacturing offsite meant that the final building was delivered with minimal disruption on school site and local area.

    The delivery consisted of a two-storey modular classroom block, three ICT suites, a fully equipped laboratory and seven classrooms.

    Askham Bryan College – Student accommodation

    We delivered three modular buildings (each with three storeys) for the growing demand at the university for student accommodation. Final delivery was for 189 individual student rooms with en-suite facilities complete with lounge areas and kitchenettes.

    The project also includes nine rooms specifically for students with disabilties and a warden room. Each of the three blocks has a pitched roof over a steel pod design – this has the added benefit of every room being virtually sound proofed. The design reduces lighting and heating costs, meets all the necessary specifications and achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’.

  2. How modular buildings have revolutionised the way classrooms are delivered

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    More and more schools are choosing modular building designs when creating new classrooms and educational spaces to accommodate rapidly expanding student populations across the UK. Offsite construction has long been considered a go-to choice when constructing temporary classrooms, but today schools are opting to go modular even when constructing permanent school buildings. But why?

    Contemporary aesthetics

    Forget the modular buildings, or ‘school huts’, of years gone by. Today’s offsite technology offers contemporary aesthetics and cutting-edge functionality. Modular classrooms are designed around research-led principles in education, creating the ideal space for optimal learning as well as ensuring teachers and school leaders have adequate space for storage and group activities. Modular builds can be equipped with cladding to match the look of older school buildings, and in most cases now schools choose to position new modular classrooms at the front of the school grounds to show off their contemporary design.

    A cost-effective option

    Over the past decade, schools across the UK have felt the tightening of education budgets and austerity. This has pushed managers and leaders to explore more cost-effective options. Modular buildings offer schools and colleges a way to adapt their classroom space to meet the needs of a changing school population without overspending on budget. When considering the quality of the design and build of modular classrooms as well as the cost, modular building offers one of the most high-value options to schools.

    Fast construction

    Another significant advantage of modular buildings is the speed at which they can be constructed. Modular classrooms can often be delivered and installed in a matter of weeks, which is essential when accommodating a growing school population. This is in contrast to traditional construction methods which can often take months or even years to complete. This also allows schools to construct new classrooms and school buildings over the summer without causing unnecessary disruption during term time.

    Excellent green credentials

    Offsite construction for schools is also an excellent option for educational institutions that are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Modular solutions are typically constructed off-site in a factory setting, which reduces the amount of construction waste produced. This means that fewer resources are used during the construction process, and any waste produced can be recycled or reused. Additionally, modular buildings can be designed to meet high thermal performance standards, meaning they require less energy to heat and cool – saving schools money on their energy bills.

    Why Thurston Group?

    At the Thurston Group, we offer turnkey solutions for schools and educational institutions looking for high-quality permanent buildings that can be efficiently designed and constructed around specific requirements.

    Accommodate an expanding student population in state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with all the mod cons your students are used to and more. With years of experience designing and constructing modular buildings for schools and colleges across the UK, you can trust us to create the perfect teaching and learning spaces for your staff and students.

    To find out more about our bespoke modular education buildings and why these could work for your school, contact us today on 0333 577 0883 to discuss our modular classroom solutions.