Rapid Ramp, the UK’s leading modular ramp and step manufacturer continue to offer a nationwide supply and installation service.


Their modular products are available from stock with a fully adjustable design to provide access to various sized playground and school buildings, including modular classrooms.

Unlike wooden ramps and steps that will burn if exposed to fire, the Rapid Ramp system is non-combustible and can fully comply with building regulations.

Installations remain flexible with fitters often working during the holidays to accommodate around the teaching timetable. Plus, fitters can dismantle and remove existing wooden ramps.

An in-house designer creates 3D drawings with each quotation, and site surveys can be arranged.




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Offsite and modular building specialists Enviro Building Solutions have won a contract worth £2.8M for the construction of an eight classroom block for the Thomas Aveling School in Rochester. In line with exacting time schedules, work has just begun on site and the project will be delivered in September of this year.

Alongside the extra classroom capacity, the project includes an extension to the school’s existing sports changing facilities using traditional construction methods. In addition, Enviro Building Solutions will oversee the construction of a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) canopy to cover the existing tennis courts, creating an all-weather play facility.

“Modular building methods provide the perfect solution for applications where timescales to project delivery are particularly tight,” stated Craig Reidy, Finance Director. “Traditional construction methods could not achieve the build schedules we regularly provide to deliver our projects in line with the requirements of our clients and end users. In addition, today’s advanced modular buildings combine cost effectiveness with versatility and sustainability; we build high quality facilities which often achieve EPC ‘A’ ratings, creating attractive and practical buildings designed to stand the test of time.”

The Thomas Aveling School is the joint lead school of the Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academies Trust (FPTA), which includes a grammar school, two high schools and two junior schools. It is an 11-19 co-educational, non-selective secondary school and a converter academy with specialist teaching areas for science, design technology, art and sport and a performing arts centre.

Enviro Building Solutions has already delivered a number of projects for Medway Council on time and to budget, and was the Council’s preferred partner for this build based on the quality and value of past schemes including classroom blocks for Rainham Mark Grammar School and Riverside Primary School.



Keeping pace with the demands for faster installation

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Building construction requirements are changing and traditional methods are finding it hard to keep pace with the demands for faster installation without compromising quality and technical skills in order to deliver the necessary speed, conformity and cost.
To meet these needs without compromise Sure-Rend have developed a range of products.
Supplied in a range of finishes, Brick Slip, Render, Timber, Aluminum and Architectural Profiles can be manufactured and delivered ready for fast on-site installation.  Window bands, preformed corners and special features can all be built into the panel design at the manufacturing stage.
Timber or steel can be used in the design of the supporting framework and support rails or special adjustable fixing brackets used to mount the panels on to the frames.
Suitable for both new-build and re-fit projects the lightweight panels are designed to be hung on the structure or existing building rather than relying on extra foundations.
Sure-Rend’s quality product solutions have been successfully serving construction for some time.  The extraneous impact that the first half of 2020 has brought to bear on the sector has made the product quality and speed of turnaround that Sure-Rend can offer an even more vital component in helping designers and contractors as we enter the second half of 2020 and forge ahead with recovery.



As 2020 gets into full swing, so do many School expansion projects throughout the UK. Schools need to provide additional classrooms and facilities, within strict timeframes and budgets, which can make projects challenging. Issues with access, particularly during term-time, or finding suitable space for new buildings add to the difficulties, but not for those with experience in this sector, if using the right products.

Eurobrick Systems has 30 years’ experience with school expansion projects, seeing many different solutions to different problems. Whether it’s an infill, building upwards, working in restricted spaces, or making a new addition look like it’s always been there.

Modular construction is invaluable to schools, helping to minimise disruption and time on-site creates an excellent advantage, while giving the opportunity to save time and money.

Eurobrick has been involved with projects that highlight solutions for this type of project and may give a little inspiration to those still in the planning stages.

Modulek Limited are a modular building contractor who have recently used Eurobrick’s X-Clad system on two large school expansion projects, working with Eurobrick approved installer ML Brickwork (Southern).

St James High School in Bolton contracted Modulek for their two-phase new build project, to replace an outdated three-storey school block with a two-storey modular building, creating an entirely new building with extra classroom spaces, storage, and catering facilities.

The first phase was completed in March 2019, while the second phase is still in-progress, Eurobrick have supplied their 17mm thick X-Clad system throughout. Both buildings use Rustic Golden Multi brick slips from Eurobrick’s Britannia range with specially formulated Europoint mortar in Standard Grey.

Bloxham School in Banbury also worked with Modulek and ML Brickwork (Southern) on their complex school expansion project. They required additional classrooms but had very little space for a new building. The only option was a tight quadrangle with difficult access. Using modular construction, these major challenges were overcome and a new two-storey modular building commissioned.

Eurobrick supplied 17mm X-Clad, along with Red Multi Dragwire slips, which were installed once the modular buildings had been craned into position on-site. Eurobrick’s lightweight, easy to handle cladding was the perfect solution for working on such a restrictive site and can be installed on or off-site.

Ideal Building Systems is another modular building company that has been using Eurobrick systems for 14 years. They recently completed two new schools projects.

Sketchley Hill Primary in Burbage, Leicestershire finished expanding their space in late 2018. The new two-storey building provided six new classrooms and extra facilities.

Eurobrick supplied 50mm thick X-Clad and the client sourced their own bricks to help the new building blend in with nearby buildings. They also added coloured cladding panels to create a modern aesthetic.

Ideal finished another project at Dovebank Primary in Nuneaton. They supplied a single storey modular classroom extension to match existing school buildings. Eurobrick’s 50mm X-Clad was installed with Smooth Red 400 slips which are 15mm thick so when combined with specially sourced Cheddar Red slips, cut to 25mm thickness, they created an interesting relief effect.

For more information on Eurobrick systems and products please visit www.eurobrick.co.uk

As offsite construction growth outstrips traditional methods, Gilberts has introduced a solution that simplifies incorporation of building services.

The company’s MFS (Mistrale Fusion) provides a stand-alone unit, requiring no ductwork or plant, to ensure a comfortable ambient environment within each space- in air quality AND air temperature.

It means one MFS delivers ventilation, cooling and heating as needed, with no external connections. Once on site, annual design consumption of just 34kw per classroom means that Gilberts’ MFS can cost as little as £5*/classroom/year to operate.

Installed through an external façade or window, Mistrale MFS mixes internal and external air to ventilate the internal space. Each MFS unit features a mixing damper within, modulating airflow to allow the new, fresh air to mix with the warm exhaust air, thus utilising its heat without the need for an exchanger. The integrated low energy fan energises to blend the internal air, ensuring an even distribution of airflow, with control over temperature and CO2 levels within, and maintenance of a comfortable internal environment for occupants. An optional LPHW coil delivers a heat boost, obviating the need to incorporate radiators.

In terms of capacity, just 2 no MFS128 or a single MFS256 will service a 55m2 room (equivalent to a 32 pupil classroom achieving the 8litres/sec/person fresh air required by current Department of Education Building Bulletin (BB101) and PBSP guidelines). Each unit also achieves relevant acoustic considerations: its operational ‘noise’ is less than 30dbA.


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Gilberts has further taken care to attain compliance with Building Regulations Approved Document L: MFS attains air leakage better than legislative requirements- 5m3/HR/m2, and a U value of 1W/m2/°C. As with all Gilberts’ ventilation solutions, it delivers efficient weather performance via its bespoke louvre system.

 “Offsite construction is currently predicted to grow at 30%pa, so there is a significant need for stand-alone building services solutions that facilitate efficient production techniques,” observes Gilberts’ Sales Director Ian Rogers. “MFS is already proven in mainstream construction to deliver a value engineered solution, ensuring an appropriate internal environment for an occupied space.”

Family-owned Gilberts has a heritage spanning more than 60 years, with a management team recognised as experts within their respective fields. At its 95,000 sq ft head office facility, it designs, manufactures and supplies a comprehensive range of components designed to deliver efficient air movement strategies in commercial environments. Products are predominantly manufactured in-house, to the extent it even designs and manufactures its own jigs and tools; ventilation products are validated in its purpose-designed on-site, in-house test facility.



Andy Smith, Head of Business Development at Caledonian Modular, looks at how offsite construction

can help alleviate the shortage of school places.


For a number of years, councils have been warning about a shortage of school places, mainly because last decade’s baby boomers are now entering secondary education. Last year alone, about 20% of families in England failed to gain a place at their first preference school.

Although classroom overcrowding remains an ongoing issue, modular and offsite construction can provide a way forward. The government has already stated that it will favour offsite manufacturing on all publicly funded construction projects, and that should assist with tackling the shortage of school places.

Modular and offsite benefits

  • 80 – 90% of the work can be completed in a factory, like our 40-acre Newark based facility, which is a quality-controlled environment unaffected by the weather.
  • Construction schedule can be reduced by half because, for example, foundations can commence at the same time as the building modules are being manufactured in the factory.
  • Minimises disruption to both operation of the school (which can remain a live teaching environment) and the local community by ensuring a rapid build and fewer deliveries.
  • Less use of high embodied energy materials such as cement – traditional masonry builds can require more concrete foundations.
  • Less waste because fewer materials are delivered to site.
  • Manufactured offsite and then assembled onsite creates a safer workplace, because it is a more controlled environment that requires less need for working at height.

What can offsite be used for?

Our modular construction solutions can be used to create classrooms, catering blocks, laboratories, gymnasiums, changing rooms, large-span hall facilities and administration offices. In effect, we can manufacture anything from individual classrooms, through to complete schools. Buildings can also be designed and built to an exacting specification, with a wide range of finishes and roofing options that fit seamlessly alongside an existing structure.

By reducing the construction schedule by half, classrooms or whole schools can be completed within the school holiday, meaning significantly less risk-assessed people on or around the site. With transportation and trade reduced there is less traffic and noise impact on both the school and the local community.


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£38m schools’ contract

We recently secured two large school projects in quick succession with a total order value of £38m. Haygrove School and The Sir Frederick Gibberd College were secured under Department for Education (DfE) frameworks. We were selected for both projects because we offered a full turnkey package including lead design, planning and installation, through to hand over.

We will create a brand new £29m secondary school at the Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Harlow, Essex. It will comprise a 1,200 place secondary school built over three storeys including a school hall, dining hall, drama studio and a 500 place sixth form teaching area, as well as sports facilities and all associated external works and pitches.

Work being undertaken at Haygrove School in Bridgwater will involve utilising our component-based school solutions to replace the main school building with modern and efficient teaching environments. The construction work will be undertaken while the school remains open and works will be carefully planned to ensure minimal disruption.

The three-storey building will consist of classrooms, double-height hall and studio spaces, offices, kitchen and associated rooms for educational purposes, along with enabling, groundworks and external works.

Both schools incorporate factory-installed concrete floors to deliver an acoustically compliant, comfortable, safe and durable environment for occupants. Up to 96% of the work on each module is completed at our quality-controlled factory facility before being delivered to site.

Modular Frameworks

Our recent portfolio of projects within the education sector are testament to the fact that offsite construction is already proving a popular choice for schools at all levels including primary, secondary and higher education.

We deliver innovative design led solutions that promote the intelligent use of BIM, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) and the use of Lean Manufacturing techniques to eliminate waste.

Caledonian, and our partner Architects HLM, secured first place on the £300 million ESFA Batch C Modular Framework to provide permanent, component-based buildings and facilities for ESFA’s new secondary schools block replacement programme.




  • Consortium Procurement Construction (CPC) provides project managers Faithful+Gould with fast and effective, OJEU compliant Modular Buildings procurement framework
  • Northumberland County Council embrace innovative Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) for first time, with pioneering 14 week programme
  • Premium quality extension completed early and below budget by M-AR Offsite – well ahead of 2019/2020 school year starting


CPC, the new partnership between LHC and Northern Housing Consortium, has provided a fast and efficient procurement framework solution for the construction of Northumberland County Council’s first ever building project utilising the latest innovations in offsite construction.

The result is a stunning 450m2 extension to Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth. Three new classrooms, plus facilities required to support the influx of 105 additional pupils feature high quality finishes and are built to rigorous standards. The main corridor features a continuous full-length skylight – unique in modular building design – that floods this pivotal area in natural light, creating a welcoming learning environment. The contract was completed early in a breath-taking 14 week programme and below the allocated budget.

Faced with short timescales, the council entrusted the project to experienced Newcastle-upon-Tyne project management consultants Faithful+Gould. The company’s project manager Mark Chicken comments:

“The council’s brief was to deliver a high quality modular building and achieve best value for money, but also that the result ‘should not look like a modular building’. As this was a pioneering MMC project, we engaged the procurement support of CPC. From their wide range of frameworks, one specifically introduced for Modular Buildings was selected.

Suppliers are appointed to this framework based on price, quality and compliance, saving precious time and providing both us and the council with the necessary confidence. CPC client support manager Ian Brown’s help and guidance through the framework was invaluable, making the whole process smooth and seamless.”

Following a mini competition, the contract was awarded to M-AR Offsite. Groundworks started on 16 April, whilst construction of the building commenced in parallel at M-AR’s East Yorkshire facility. Craftsmen manufactured the modules in a controlled environment, ensuring the highest levels of quality and compliance. This included all necessary services such as lighting, electrical, plumbing and an innovative hybrid ventilation system – plus washroom facilities, a kitchen, sinks in each classroom, blinds and floor coverings. In short, fully completed rooms.

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Delivery of the building was made exactly on time 6 weeks later to coincide with the late spring half term break, for pupil safety and to avoid any disruption. In an amazing feat of organisation, all 13 modules comprising the building were delivered and fixed in position with millimetre precision in just 24 hours.

Now on site, M-AR’s experienced site team started the final phase. Bricks used to clad the new building were carefully matched to the existing adjacent classroom brickwork. Module interfaces were taped and jointed prior to full decoration of the interior, whilst final connections to power, data and plumbing services were made.

Finishing touches included the installation of furniture and whiteboards – all part of M-AR’s turn-key project solution. On 19 July the project was handed over, ahead of programme and in ample time for the new school term.

Faithful+Gould’s project manager Mark Chicken comments further”

“The reassurance of CPC’s pre-assessment of M-AR Offsite was immediately fulfilled, as the M-AR team’s drive and pro-active work ethos instantly gave us confidence thanks to their experience in MMC solutions. They were dedicated to achieving the vision we shared with them, guiding us through early decision making on fixtures and finishes, essential with offsite construction.

The result speaks for itself. There has been no compromise to any of the 3 key elements of any construction project – Time, Cost and Quality. In fact, all have exceeded expectations, creating a perfect balance. The school and community have a new building in which they can be justifiably proud, now and for many years to come. For me personally, the experience has been nothing but positive.”







Among the many benefits of modular construction is the speed with which a project can be completed, due to the fact construction of modular buildings can occur simultaneously with site and foundation work. By carrying out typically linear tasks simultaneously projects can reach completion 30%-50% sooner than with traditional construction methods.


The value of simultaneity in construction is also one of the benefits delivered by Performance Technology Group. By bringing together expertise and manufacturing capabilities across a wide range of disciplines, PTG are able to reduce the amount of activity required in ensuring a construction project meets fire, thermal, acoustic and other challenges.

Saving Time, Reducing Complexity

Whereas ordinarily, an architect, contractor or installer will have to liaise with multiple contacts across multiple businesses in order to source solutions for their construction project, with PTG there is a single initial point of contact. In principle, a project’s fire, thermal and acoustic requirements can be addressed in a single meeting, with PTG bringing all the necessary expertise to the table. This obviously represents a time-saving for customers (one meeting, rather than several), but there is also a subtler time-saving due to the reduction in complexity.

Complexity, particularly in construction projects, creates numerous opportunities for problems to arise. According to Sven Bertelsen, Senior Research Advisor to Lean Construction (Denmark), “Construction projects are in general rich in plan failure, delays, cost overruns and grief. Construction – along with most phenomena in our living world – must be perceived as a complex system, operating on the edge of chaos.” By reducing this complexity, PTG are able to mitigate the kinds of problems that can undermine and jeopardise the construction schedule.

System Solutions

PTG is also able to use its interdisciplinary structure to produce system solutions that would normally involve an architect, contractor or installer having to interact with a number of separate suppliers.

For example, in rainscreen cladding applications, PTG can bring together sheathing panels, the innovative Chi-Gasket cold-bridging solution (both from the Euroform arm of PTG) with a range of Open State Cavity Barriers from their AIM business to create an effective means of achieving compliance in relation to thermal performance and resistance to fire. PTG can also source and supply thermal insulation and high-performance cladding through their established third-party relationships and robust supply chains.

From Foundations to Fit-Out

PTG are involved at almost every stage of construction. They provide site protection from the very outset of a construction project. They supply both vibration isolation and thermal insulation for foundations. They are involved in every stage of the building envelope’s development, contributing to through-wall solutions to offer resistance to air, water, heat and noise transfer. They’re involved in HVAC solutions for both acoustic and thermal performance. They contribute to the acoustic effectiveness of wall, floors and ceilings, ensuring Part E compliance. Wherever and whenever, for example, an architectural technician finds themselves facing a challenge relating to the material performance of a building project, PTG will have, or will have access to, a solution.

The PTG Roster

PTG currently consists of nine businesses: AIM, CMS Danskin, Euroform, Mayplas, Ockwells, Central Refractories, IMS, Innogain and Insulslab. AIM is a manufacturer of mineral fibre and foam products, specialising in fire stop blocks and cavity barriers. CMS Danskin are experts in soundproofing and acoustic insulation. Euroform specialise in building boards and in ensuring fire and thermal compliance in building facades. Mayplas fabricate and supply a wide range of insulation materials, and specialise in highly bespoke cutting, lamination and encapsulation. Ockwells are a leading supplier of temporary site protection. Central Refractories, as their name suggests, a premier supplier of refractory products and services. IMS are experts in high-temperature insulation. Innogain are the innovators behind a revolutionary solution for through, anchor and precision hole-making in concrete. And, finally, Insulslab offer a complete foundation system, particularly for housing sites with difficult ground conditions.

Mark Fyfe, Group Sales and Business Development Director for Performance Technology Group, said, “We offer an industry-leading portfolio of trusted products, the interdisciplinary expertise to supply with confidence, and with an emphasis on highly bespoke fabrication and ambitious product innovation.”



Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded four lots on its new £500m Modular Building Solutions framework to The McAvoy Group. CCS is the largest public sector procurement organisation in the UK.

Under the new agreement, McAvoy has secured the opportunity to provide bespoke modular buildings and interim hire facilities with a particular focus on education and healthcare.  The framework also covers public buildings such as facilities for the emergency services, MOD, community centres, offices, care homes, student accommodation and other residential schemes. It will operate for the next four years and covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is the fourth consecutive CCS framework that McAvoy has been awarded and it follows a rigorous independent assessment process.

CCS plays an important role in helping the UK public sector save money when buying common goods and services. It uses its commercial expertise to help buyers in central government and across the wider public sector to save time and reduce the cost of procurement.