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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 …

The Secondary School Places Challenge: A Time for Modular?

The time is now right for the built environment industry to develop its modular and offsite technologies and to improve its capacity. Scape Group’s latest research, the Secondary School Places Challenge, reveals that a staggering 435,646 additional pupils will be joining the UK secondary school system by 2020⁄21 – the equivalent of 14,522 extra …

Changing the lives of children in Africa, one school at a time

The school and water have been a real uniting feature for all the neighbouring communities around Nketisoh This is the second part of our Building Schools for Africa blog. You can read the first part here, which details how Building Schools for Africa became our chosen charity and how we work with them to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and …

Harris Primary Academy Opens

Harris Primary Academy Purley Way is an absolutely stunning new building and the exceptional design ensures a fantastic learning environment for children. This November we attended the official opening ceremony of the latest Sunesis school, Harris Primary Academy Purley Way. Like many local authorities across the county , Croydon Council needed new schools …

Building Schools for Africa

Every child deserves an education in an environment fit for their learning need, this applies as much to the children of the world as it does the UK. Summer 2015 saw the start of the journey we are now on with Building Schools for Africa. Fresh from my summer holiday having read “Starts with Why” by Simon Sinek, I got thinking about Sunesis, why we exist and …

Sunesis targets expansion

Sunesis offers clear timescales for delivery, flexibility where it’s needed, and absolute certainty of cost, providing an attractive solution for local authorities. I am very much looking forward to driving Sunesis through its next phase of growth. Sunesis is targeting a £100 million pipeline of orders within three years for our pre-designed educational …

Sunesis awarded Daventry contract

Daventry District Council have chosen Sunesis to deliver their new Monksmoor Park Primary School. The new 1.5FE Keynes model, which is to be constructed in an area of the Crest Nicholson Monksmoor housing development, will provide up to 315 pupil places, plus an additional 30 nursery places The finished school will have 12 classrooms and one dedicated …

Pupil place planning – the urban problem

Planning pupil places is complex at the best of times. New housing developments, the regeneration of existing housing, changes in birth rates and the movement of families in and out of an area often combine to make the year-on-year demand for school places difficult to predict, let alone forecast over the medium or long term. We know that primary school …

Just six months for new Yeovil school

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. The doors have opened at the newly completed Primrose Lane Primary School – a seven classroom school with nursery provision for almost 30 children in the heart of Yeovil. Sunesis …