Scape research reveals need for huge school building push

Grant Prior 5 years ago
Share

Research from procurement specialist Scape has revealed that an additional 435,646 pupils will be joining the UK’s secondary school system in 2020 requiring over 14,500 additional secondary classrooms across the country.

The Secondary School Places Challenge report looked at the challenge facing the secondary school system across the UK using Department of Education data.

It shows the equivalent of 14,522 secondary school classrooms would need to be built over the next three years to ensure we have enough school places, which would equate to over 400 brand new 1,050 pupil secondary schools across the country.

Although the greatest school building requirement will be in England (13,337 classrooms), 527 classrooms would also be required in Scotland, 340 in Wales and 318 in Northern Ireland, to meet the projected growth in secondary school pupils.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive,said: “Secondary school pupil numbers are set to rise significantly and there is a real risk that if we do not increase the output of new secondary school classrooms there will be significant pressure on places across the UK.

“Such is the scale of the projected increase in secondary school pupils that the Government should now seek to develop a National School Building Strategy that brings together the Department of Education, local and regional government, and industry.

“We must ensure there is a joined-up approach that embraces modern methods of construction such as modular and offsite techniques, which can deliver schools quickly and cost-effectively.”

London will see the biggest increase in secondary school pupil numbers in the UK, with the Capital set to experience a 15.5% rise by 2020.

This is the equivalent of 2,500 classrooms, or 73 schools. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is set to see an increase of 40% in secondary pupil numbers by 2020, the highest in the country.

Outside of London, Manchester City Council is forecast to see the biggest percentage increase, with secondary school pupil numbers forecast to increase by 35% in the next three years. This is the equivalent of 321 additional classrooms.

Scape Group’s recommendations on how to tackle the School Places Challenge

A National School Building Strategy should be created to bring together the Department of Education, local authorities and the delivery marketplace.

To maximise the value and efficiency of secondary school sites, commissioning authorities should seek opportunities to share new facilities, such as a local leisure centre, community space or council building, with primary schools or the wider community.

Building schools of up to three or four storeys to deliver maximum capacity, particularly on smaller sites, without compromising on pupils’ learning experience.

Adoption of offsite/modular construction as the main method of construction for all school buildings to allow them to be built at a faster rate compared to traditional methods.

Investment in school extensions to significantly improve the cost and time it takes to create additional school places.

Schools must be built first in major urban extensions and new developments to ensure they will be able to meet the needs of future residents without putting pressure on existing schools.

Robinson added: “The Government must view this situation as a priority – it is critical that we do not fail our children by not providing enough new secondary school places.

“As primary school pupils move up the education system, an increased pressure is being placed on local authorities to deliver new secondary schools in a short timeframe.

“A collaborative approach between public and private sectors and Local and Central Government is key to bridging the school capacity gap – and a cohesive national strategy on modular for new schools could go a long way in reducing the amount of time it would take to provide areas with much-needed school places.

“However there needs to be significant investment behind this for it to have the desired effect.”

Fran Cox, Operations Director at Sunesis, said: “It currently takes far too long to secure planning for new schools and, with the equivalent of 14,522 classrooms required by 2020, we are running out of time to ensure pupils will have a sufficient space in which to learn.

“The Government should look at ways to speed-up decisions on school building. Commitment to offsite or modular construction is an obvious way in which Government can help tackle this school places challenge, as it offers clear timescales for delivery, flexibility and certainty of cost for both school extensions and new schools. ”

Latest news

Leisure centre legal battle ends 15 years after handover

Allenbuild ordered to pay £2.2m to Sefton Council over defective swimming pool
1 day ago

Morgan Sindall Highways chief departs

Paul Gott exits after 15 years at Morgan Sindall Infrastructure
6 hours ago

Balfour Beatty calls on supply chain to sign-up to Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics will eventually form part of Balfour Beatty contracts and supplier frameworks
6 hours ago

Tolent suffers £4.3m loss after High Street Group collapse hit

Gateshead builder says it returned to profit this year and is eyeing a £1bn work pipeline
5 hours ago

Persimmon build rates fall amid material and labour shortages

Planning delays also hit house builder as completions drop on last year
5 hours ago

Thirty construction workers killed on site last year

Industry fatality numbers drop 25% on previous year
15 hours ago

Construction and housing ministers resign

Industry leaders join mass exodus from government
20 hours ago

Aecom hires Arcadis veteran to grow northwards

Jonathan Moore aims to expand Aecom's business in the Midlands and North
19 hours ago

M&E contractor Kershaw went down owing subbies £10m

More than 400 firms left holding unpaid invoices
1 day ago

Green light for UK’s first plastic recycling park

£165m park in Cheshire will recycle 367,500 tonnes of plastic
1 day ago

Go-ahead for two Tilbury Douglas hospital jobs

Wirrall and Stockport hospital A&E jobs together worth nearly £60m
1 day ago

Nine contractors trailblaze concrete carbon reduction plan

Firms pledge to switch to 30% low emission concrete by 2025
2 days ago

Red Construction lands London Victoria office overhaul

St James's Park building will be extended up by two floors in overhaul
1 day ago

Six locations shortlisted for Great British Railways HQ

Site for national HQ narrows to Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle and York
2 days ago

Kit maker Genie fined after M25 work platform death fall

Court hears how calibration error led to death of worker when 40 metre high mobile elevating work platform collapsed
2 days ago

O’Connor Utilities sold to private equity

OCU Group reported to have fetched around £400m
3 days ago

Rolls-Royce shortlists sites for first SMR factory

Three factories will make reactor, civils and MEP modules for SMR nuclear power stations
2 days ago

£233m loan kick starts £3.5bn regen of Royal Docks site

Infrastructure loan paves way for 6,000-home East London Silvertown scheme
2 days ago

Henry Construction wins £33m Oxford housing estate rebuild

Contractor signs off first deal with A2Dominion
2 days ago

Carillion collapse hospital hit by more construction delays

Balfour will take another 18 months to complete Midland Met scheme
3 days ago

Leeds college launches new construction and football course

Students can now combine site and tech skills with learning at a football academy
2 days ago

Willmott Dixon blasts new Building Safety law

Rick Willmott accuses Government of scapegoating construction over its own regulatory failure
3 days ago

£550m plan to redevelop The Galleries centre in Bristol

Shopping centre building to be demolished for major mixed-use scheme
3 days ago

Costain cancels supply chain event on £260m road job

Preparation work for A1 upgrade stalls as Transport Secretary dithers over approval
3 days ago

£170m London Holborn Circus office approved

Demolition work set to start in the autumn for 10-storey office block
3 days ago

City leaders launch net zero construction skills drive

City of London leader warns "skills gap and labour shortage are threats to our net zero ambitions"
3 days ago

Marlborough Highways lands £32m Islington civils deal

Contractor to help with north London borough's green drive
3 days ago

Osborne makes £45m construction loss

Sale of infrastructure business balances books as contractor looks for zero-carbon wins
6 days ago

John F Hunt forecasts record revenue and profits this year

Demolition contractor back on strong financial footing after previously setting aside £5.6m for bid rigging probe
6 days ago

Notting Hill Genesis names £2.8bn framework winners

26 firms land places on main contractor deal: Full list
6 days ago

Contractor services