DfE shares plans for £2bn offsite schools framework

The Department for Education (DfE) plans to set up a four-year framework for the delivery of schools by design for manufacture and assembly and/or offsite methods. It will follow on from the DfE’s existing component school frameworks and supplement the existing DfE construction framework. The Construction Index reports.

The DfE anticipates, subject to consultation, that any new framework will be larger than the previous frameworks with a target to deliver up to a 100 new school projects a year by 2023.

It will be based on a greater degree of standardisation and focused on a manufactured offsite solution, to improve quality and efficiency to deliver programme and value savings.

It will also be open to a greater number of suppliers and different methods of offsite construction, including modular and portable buildings, kit buildings and prefabricated componentry.

By adopting this approach the DfE is providing the market with a solution pack from which a true offsite solution which is high quality and efficient to produce can be developed,” the DfE says.

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