I held an interesting conversation on the subject two weeks ago with a senior figure within the precast industry. With particular focus on offsite construction (prefabricated buildings) he questioned why we are not employing the services and investing in this technically more and more. He highlighted that a number of other countries within the developed world now "churn out" schools to a specified size and budget across an entire country. OK, not the prettiest, but very time and cost efficient.
Another quandary is that of finding space in the capital to stick the 500 schools needed in the next four years. Developers are employing ways of building up not out with size even more of a premium than ever. I will read the governments way of tackling this issue with keen interest in the coming months.
Mark Robinson, chief executive of Scape Group, said: “The country will soon start to feel the full weight of the impending boom in pupil numbers, and we’re already seeing unprecedented pressure on school places. A radical new wave of school-building must be a top priority for government.” He added: “The government’s preference for free schools has created uncertainty for local authorities, who are tasked with planning and building new schools, but will not be responsible for running them. Proposals for new grammar schools has further muddied the waters.