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The importance of Modern Methods of Construction in Education

19 Oct 2022

The importance of Modern Methods of Construction in Education - Ian Naylor, Department for Education

Platform has been described as ‘A kit-of-parts, associated production processes, and the knowledge, people and relationships required to deliver construction projects.’ This is next important step for our educational construction sector to take, focusing the best of off-site and other modern methods on a standardised approach around agreed and interchangeable components and strategies. An educational platform can deliver high quality outcomes based on common grids, spaces and attributes. Modern methods of construction now have a new focus - delivering the components and assemblies which tie in perfectly with the common ground of Platform.

Modular Construction for Schools; Learning lessons - David Tucker, Director, Rivington Street Studio

An assessment of the suitability of modular construction for school buildings using recently completed case study projects in London. This will include an analysis of how good a fit a modular grid is with the BB103 schedule of area, whether site constraints and a bespoke design criteria can be efficiently incorporated, how easy adaption will be in the future and what we would do differently next time. We will also discuss the environmental benefits of modular construction, how to get the best thermal performance and a look at embodied energy.

MMC has always had a place in the Education new build market, but is the nature of the projects changing and is the uptake and use of MMC increasing? - Stephen Wightman, Head of MMC, Faithful+Gould

What are the benefits and challenges of adopting an MMC approach for all the elements of the Pre-Construction team, and the client and how should the process be managed to gain maximum benefit? In this session we will look at the trends within the industry, how the new MMC1 framework is delivering new school buildings and what have been the successes and challenges of some sample projects. We will also provide guidance on the influence of the new DfMA Overlay for the RIBA plan of work on the process and some best practice guidelines for stakeholders as to how to engage with MMC and ensure that projects are developed efficiently and productively with MMC in mind.


Andy King, Group Technical Director - Wernick Group Limited
Ian Naylor, Head of DRU - Department for Education
David Tucker, Architect - Rivington Street Studio
Stephen Wightman, Head of MMC - AtkinsRéalis



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