With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in the first of a series of blogs about building for schools, how modular buildings might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.
The education sector faces continued pressure to provide high quality learning environments for the UK’s growing population. It has been estimated that more then 250,000 new school places will have to be created nationally by 2014/2015 which will have a huge impact on education facilities across the country.

With this urgent requirement for school places, and the continued change in standards and regulations, the modular building industry has risen to the challenge. This, coupled with the schools’ expectations of first class facilities and a swift turn around, has seen the modular building industry rise to the challenge and it is helping to provide fast, affordable buildings for schools across the land. It is a solution which provides modern comfortable and functional facilities that comply with current building regulations, and crucially, take into account carbon reduction alongside ‘green’ issues. With the ever increasing demands for energy efficiency, the industry can supply school buildings that are available for both purchase or hire.


Companies such as AVDanzer have embraced changes to meet the requirements of new regulations, and buildings that are supplied today need not look like boxes or the old image of site huts without any character. Today we have reached a point where it is difficult to tell them apart from traditional developments and these buildings can also meet todays exacting budgets constraints. Buildings can be designed to accommodate a wide range of applications, such as laboratories, art rooms, dance studios, technology rooms, IT suites, general classrooms, receptions, kitchen and dining facilities, and offices.