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Willmott Dixon aims to cash in on standardised schools building

Willmott Dixon is developing a suite of standardised school designs it hopes will be used through the national Scape framework – and eventually through the system that replaces Building Schools for the Future.

The contractor believes choosing from the range of pre-designed schools will cut the overall cost of a schools project by up to 30 per cent.

As revealed by Construction News in September 2010, a report to education secretary Michael Gove is imminently expected to recommend a reliance on offsite manufacturing of standardised modules for schools building.

The schools Capital Review team is expected to advise ministers they could use this and other techniques to resurrect plans to work on every secondary school in England.

Willmott Dixon hopes to capitalise on this market with its standardised schools venture, which will initially be available through the Scape framework.

The contractor is the single operator on the framework, having beaten Miller, Vinci, Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell, Interserve and Kier to the spot last year.

Work can be procured under the framework by Scape itself, but also by many public bodies across the UK.

A Willmott Dixon spokesman said: “Authorities could go direct to us through Scape and build the schools they want on a reduced capital budget.

“We hope these designs can be used in the new schools system. We want to be in the driving seat on standardised schools building.”

It is thought Continental-style computerised design and build techniques will be recommended by the government commissioned taskforce to help slash the cost of schools projects by half and “bring them into the 21st century”.

Industry figures also anticipate that smaller schools may be built under the post-BSF system, along with more efficient ways of using the space.

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