Pressure from population growth in the UK has already impacted on primary schools in terms of necessitating additional pupil capacity. That wave will, later this year, flow into secondary schools according the Department for Education. In preparation for the influx of pupils attending its school this coming September, Redland Green School and Bristol City Council have partnered with Skanska and offsite construction specialist, Actavo | Building Solutions, to increase its student facilities.                             

Actavo | Building Solutions designed and delivered a three-storey, classroom complex comprising ten classrooms, a multi-use room and toilets, to create space for an additional 135 pupils.

Since 2005, the secondary school population in the UK has been falling, with the current number of pupils in secondary education at 2,740,000. Matthew Goff, UK operations director at Actavo | Building Solutions, says: “The increase in birth rates since 2002, however, means that this year (2016), secondary school numbers will start to rise a trend set to continue rising until 2024, when secondary pupil numbers are projects to reach an estimated 3,287,000.

“To accommodate pupils, secondary schools must act to ensure they have the facilities to continue to provide the highest standard of education to our children, on which the UK economy depends.

“Redland Green Secondary School has acted quickly using offsite construction to increase its existing accommodation. Construction speed is essential in the education sector and the school has seen the speed, efficiency and flexibility offsite affords.”

To utilise the school’s current space, the new 768m² extension is connected to the original school on all three levels through glazed curtain walling walkway. With the new building completed in just four weeks, Actavo also designed a curved roof structure to match the original building.

Sarah Baker, head teacher at Redland Green Secondary School, says: “Demand for places at our school is high so I’m delighted that we are now able to welcome more students each year. The classrooms were already built when they arrived at the school and installed over the Easter break, so the process has been very easy.”

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