• 14/08/2022 11:50 pm

Tata Steel is at the forefront of creating the next generation of schools in the UK which will give thousands of children access to education in safe, purpose designed environmentally efficient buildings. The company, working with construction industry experts in the UK, is developing a kit of parts allowing highly energy efficient schools to be built off-site and then shipped to their final location. This will reduce waste created during traditional building as well as allowing the buildings to be quick to build, give good value for taxpayers and be 100% recycled at the end of their life.

The news comes just weeks after the UK Government announced a scheme to modernise the nation’s schools. The rebuilding programme will start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects supported by more than £1 billion in funding. Further details of the new ten-year construction programme will be set out at the Government’s next Spending Review. The government aims to reduce the construction costs and whole life costs of buildings by a third, while seeing those same buildings delivered in half the time and with a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from the construction sector.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded project will show how standardised components can be mass-produced to deliver better quality, performance and value for sectors including education and healthcare.

The consortium behind the project is made up of: off-site building experts Blacc; the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC); two off-site manufacturers, Elliott Group and the McAvoy Group; Tata Steel; the Active Building Centre (ABC); and the National Composite Centre (NCC).

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