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Laing O’Rourke and Atkins launch standardised school building system

Consultant Atkins and contractor Laing O’Rourke have launched a standardised offsite construction method to help bring down the cost of building new schools by up to 30%.  

The firms have created a design in line with the government’s construction strategy for schools, which it said could reduce the costs by up to 30% and see schools designed and delivered within 18 months.

Atkins and Laing O’Rourke said they believe the savings can achieved through standardising designs and using an offsite manufacturing centre.

“This design and delivery approach is both unique and proven in the market, and is actively honed and refined on major school building programmes underway in the UK right now,” said Atkins education director Philip Watson. “The blue-print utilises a kit of parts that responds to the needs of the end user. This allows us to create a large variety of flexible, customised layouts that deliver huge cost efficiencies at a time when every penny must count.”

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