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 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 entirely UK-designed and built solution will allow schools to grow and adapt as required. In addition, the standardised off-site construction approach can also be used to create emergency health care facilities in times of crisis.
Phil Clements, Tata Steel UK Technical Director, said: “Traditional building techniques using bricks, mortar and wood can be slow, wasteful and have a significant impact on the environment.
“This project will allow thousands of children to have access to education in buildings which have been designed using the latest technology, constructed off-site to lower emissions and can be repurposed and recycled.”
By using a similar technique to car makers who build a number of different models on the same chassis, the consortium-led project will set the blueprint for the future of construction.
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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About Tata Steel’s European operations
Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the Netherlands and the UK, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products which give them a competitive edge. The Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding South East Asian operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.