Epod --The Solution To The School Buildings Crisis
Britcab, supported by Ryder Architecture and CCI PM, launches Epod, the modular school building system - a flexible solution to the current pupil place ‘basic need' crisis.
Why? With the increasing numbers of young children entering the education system and insufficient government funds available to build the required number of schools to meet demand, Epod presents an innovative and intelligent solution to the crisis. England will need an extra 450,000 primary places by 2015, while London alone will need 80,000 places, most in primaries (source TES 30/3/12).
With the capital cost for a 1FE primary school below EEC procurement levels, the Epod system enables local authorities to directly procure an affordable, flexible and cost-effective solution. It can also be purchased via the National Framework and/or the Forward Commitment Procurement platform where capital thresholds apply.
The Epod system comprises 3 product types to suit all school needs - Express, Eco and Engage. A proportion of recycled material is used in the off-site construction process. This reduces both carbon footprint and costs for both individual classrooms or an entire new primary or secondary school. The Epod range is fully compliant with the building regs, flexible in relation to local planning policy and has a low energy rating.
Britcab is a well established and respected company involved in the supply of value for money and sustainable modular buildings, including a strong track record in schools. Ryder, the multi award-winning architectural practice, has a significant portfolio within the education sector and is highly respected for its part in research and development within the construction industry. CCI PM provides consultancy and project management to the construction sector, including a number of recent initiatives in the education sector. CCI PMs aim is to augment client capabilities by offering sound advice and practical assistance to project delivery.
Peter Buchan, CEO of Ryder said ‘We are facing a potential crisis in the provision of school places in parts of the country. It requires action. This is why we are keen to support the Epod initiative to provide decent school environments that are affordable, flexible and quick to get into use.'
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