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As a client, the beauty of Sunesis is the simplicity of what they offer: clear timescales for delivery, flexibility where necessary, and certainty of cost Our operations director, Fran Cox, had an interview with Construction Manager looking at her plans for the future of Sunesis - below is the article as featured on their website. Willmott Dixon and Scape’s …

Modular: The future of school places provision

Modular, pre-designed schools are changing the UK’s education landscape and are seen by many as the solution for increasing school places provision. In his latest blog Richard Daw, associate director at Lungfish Architects and the design team leader for Mosaic, talks about the benefits of standardised offsite construction and why modular technology is the …

Introducing Mosaic - Your School, your way

Mosaic seeks to deliver the best of both worlds and is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I would have loved to get my hands on this approach when I was working within a local authority. We are proud to announce the launch of Mosaic, a unique new approach to primary school builds or extensions. Using a portfolio of 77 components that have been carefully …

Monksmoor handed over

Within the council, there is a recognition of a good job done on this scheme and the level of trust is such now that we will certainly be wanting to talk about future schemes. This month we handed over our latest Sunesis school, Monksmoor Primary school in Daventry. Like many local authorities across the county, Daventry District Council needed new schools …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 7: Handing over

From initial enquiries to the actual build, in this series we’ve looked at every stage of the school delivery process. The most exciting and rewarding stage of this journey is Step 7: Handing over… When you’re up against a deadline, with a new term on the horizon, the final handover of your school can be quite a rushed stage. But it’s so incredibly important …

Sunesis shortlisted for property award

Parents and teachers alike are very excited and pleased that the new school is now complete and I’ve had some really positive feedback from members of staff who are very impressed. We are delighted to announce Sunesis school Primrose Lane Primary has been shortlisted in the “Education Project of the Year” category for the Michelmores Property Awards 2018. …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 6: Building your school

Reaching the build stage in any development is a massive milestone. Your planning is coming to fruition and the contractors are rolling onto your site. So what should you expect? In this week’s instalment of our school build blog, it’s time to look at building your school… A traditional school build usually takes between eight months and a year, depending on …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 5: Setting up contracts

The success of any building project rests on the team you commission to deliver it. So, in the latest instalment of our school build blog series, we’ll be looking at **setting up contracts **– from identifying the right procurement route to finding a team that shares your values. Traditionally, commissioning a new school-build has typically taken a …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 4: Getting planning permission

Today our school build blog series looks at one of the most critical stages in any development: Getting planning permission. For many projects it represents a painful wait-and-see period – but when timing is critical, it is important to choose a team who will actively keep the process moving and tackle concerns as they arise. That way, as soon as you get the …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 3: Designing your school

In this instalment of our school build blog series, we’re moving on to the exciting part of the process where your school starts to take shape – Step 3: Designing your school. If you’ve got the time, budget and resources, designing a school from scratch can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be incredibly stressful if you are working to tight deadlines, …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 2: Enquiring

Pre-designed building specialists are working with local authorities and developers to deliver much-needed school places in a whole new way. In this blog series we would like to talk you through the process step by step, offering advice on what you need to consider at every stage. Last week we looked at Step 1: Identifying a need. This week it’s Step 2: …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 1: Identifying a need

School building is changing. From extra classrooms to entirely new schools, pre-designed buildings are enabling local authorities and developers to deliver the facilities communities need, quickly and with complete cost certainty. In our new blog series, we’re looking at the process step by step, showing you just how straightforward providing additional …