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EDUCATION optimise available space and the flow of students. For example, the use of state-of-the-art room dividers that provide effective acoustic control can split a large gymnasium into smaller more intimate spaces when necessary. In contrast to traditional building products, the versatility of modules means that they can be used as a temporary or permanent structure, which in some cases, provides options for fully functional school buildings to be removed and re-used elsewhere if required. Similarly, the extended lifecycle of modular units means that they are now available to buy new or recycled, and can be designed to fit into even the most logistically difficult locations. In this way, modular construction products provide a school environment that will remain adaptable to the continuing rapid pace of future change, while encouraging children to achieve their academic potential and thrive today. www.westernbuild.com MARCH 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 69 use of pre-finished frames that are produced offsite, before being linked together to create a streamlined building solution. This allows for a greatly reduced programme in comparison with traditional on-site construction methods. It also brings with it a host of other advantages including dramatically less site activity, vehicular movements and a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions. Another key advantage of modular construction in education builds is the ability for early integration of building services (M&E) off-site in a strictly controlled factory environment. By installing integrated systems in this way there is a reduced build programme, cost and time savings and minimal disruption on-site, which brings with it reduced on-site health and safety risks compared with traditional builds. Future flexibility Modern schools need to accommodate many different modes of learning, and extra-curricular Modern schools need to accommodate many different modes of learning activities, whether it is a primary classroom with children sitting on a floor listening to a story, a space designed for those with special needs, a standard classroom for self-directed learning, a smaller seminar room for more intimate group work, a larger presentation space for expert knowledge sharing or a dedicated ICT lab. With so many activities taking place in schools, it’s critical that all of the space available is utilised effectively. Modular construction brings with it the ability to create adaptable multifunctional spaces that can be modified throughout the school day to


Building Products March 2018
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