Last year saw a record number of 18–19-year-olds offered university places throughout the UK with numbers looking set to continue rising in the future. This means that capital projects are being carried out at most universities to provide additional and upgraded teaching and research space and accommodation for students.
The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, making it one of the oldest universities in the UK, is looking to the future. They are investing in a 10-year capital plan to expand their campus by 100,000m2 with a budget of around £775m. Their aspirations are to develop capacity to build on their world-leading reputation in teaching and research and introduce new teaching methods by providing a combination of flexible and specialist teaching space.
We always strive for innovation, excellence and continuous improvement and are proud and excited to have also been awarded a ‘Highly Commended Runner Up’ award at the Offsite Awards for another education project, New Islington Free School, completed for September 2016
As part of the minor construction work to facilitate these changes, Premier Modular were recently chosen to work with Graham Construction on a four-storey Maths teaching block, which contains lecture theatres, communal space, offices and learning pods. The programme for the building was rigid therefore offsite construction was an obvious choice. Premier were chosen due their ability to provide some defined design features such as high ceiling heights for lecture theatres, glazed atriums and terraces.
Premier have a history of being selected for these time-conscious, design-led projects. Sir Robert McAlpine chose Premier as a supply partner for The Foundry, a five-storey student accommodation block in Newcastle City Centre completed in September 2015. The block consists of a mixture of 54 studio flats, 105 en suite bedrooms and two accessible rooms, associated living spaces, kitchens and study areas.
Rachel Davis, Business Development Director at Premier Modular said: “Completing ‘The Foundry’ using offsite construction not only gave the investors a whole year of additional return, it was also a deciding factor in the project winning ‘Project of the Year Up to £10m’ at the Construction News Awards.