Designing and delivering schools in a DfMA environment

Time: 14:00 - 14:45

Date: Week 1: 19-23 April


Stream webinar on-Demand

For decades, the construction industry has been passive and unwilling to change, leading to unsustainable, costly and inefficient buildings. Whilst other industries, such as car manufacturing, have been able to embrace new technologies, workflows and innovation developed during the last century, these have been slow to be implemented within the construction sector. It is only over the last 10 years, that industry leaders – realising the degrading quality of new build, lower profits and unsustainable design – have pushed for a change and have started steering the industry in a modern approach, by using new technologies, digital processes and tools, so reducing labour and improving quality standards.

Use this link to see how Mid Group and Bond Bryan partnered, in order to design and deliver 3 school buildings across one site, forming the largest secondary school in Europe – the Robert Clack School in Dagenham. Driven by the idea of delivering a building as efficiently as possible – focusing on quality, well-being and value for money – the team used, from the early stages, all of the modern tools available, from design to completion. The strategy, developed from this idea, was to focus on the user and the building’s purpose, which, for a school, is by starting with ‘a good classroom’. The team, therefore, started to review what makes a classroom ‘good’ – from volume, light, thermal quality, equipment, adjacencies… and developed a building around this entire principle from inside to outside. We developed a suite of 16 ‘key components’ that were forming the majority of the building, and therefore were to be the focus point from the beginning and the elements to watch, develop and review from project to project. In order to deliver these elements with the best quality control, efficiencies, health & safety and sustainability, it was chosen to use offsite construction and DfMA as much as possible without compromising on the design and the building. The journey, which we will explore through this webinar, is how we developed these buildings, how we used the digital tools to coordinate the design and how the DfMA solutions were used successfully on these schemes – with lessons learnt, watch points and the key consideration to be given to the offsite solutions.

The results were 3 very successful buildings: setting up a precedent on delivering very sustainable schools, which were completed months ahead of programme and building these with a budget 30% lower than the original ‘traditional construction’ tenders (which would have made the project unaffordable).

Webinar learning points:

  1. Introduction to modern method of construction & DfMA
  2. How to re-think the design and delivery of buildings
  3. A first step to sustainable and zero carbon buildings


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