Two major supply chain companies (Elliott Group and The McAvoy Group) collaborated in the project to use the same design rather than their non-identical competing versions. This has delivered benefits in cost and time for both companies but also their supply chain who were providing two different sets of components for the same end use.
The use of the same frame design in the supply chain, rather than non-identical competing versions, allowed for faster assembly and less weight - both of which reduced costs throughout the supply chain.
The use of a modular frame design and light-weight materials reduces the amount of steel normally used in an average primary school, built offsite, by 25%. This in turn reduces the emissions associated with transport and steel by 25% – the equivalent to over 155,000 miles of car travel, or 17 flights from London to Sydney.
Collaborative working, a modular design, a frame built off-site, and more efficient supply chain processes led to a 52% reduction in build time, creating a more efficient, productive process.
The digital tool developed means designs for schools can now take minutes rather than weeks, which saves on development costs and time. The redesigned frame could be erected more quickly, showing a 52% reduction in assembly time.
This programme provides the industry with clear evidence around the benefits of modular builds, as well as collaboration and consistency along the supply chain. This will lead to fast built, better quality, and more sustainable schools to teach and learn in.