Things to consider when constructing contemporary buildings at your school

11 November 2022

Watch our 10 minute videos from John Melbourne.

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Modern methods of construction or contemporary buildings are on the increase for educational establishments who are looking to respond to increasing demand for school pupil places. Choosing this method of construction is very appealing because they can be designed and built quickly.

Selecting a prefabricated construction with offsite manufacture of building components can help deliver operational school buildings up to 60% quicker than traditional construction methods, and deliver cost savings that may be as much as 40%.1 Offsite manufacture of components can also lead to improved building quality and less reliance on skilled building trades during the construction phase.

Alongside the benefits of modern methods of construction and contemporary building design, schools need to consider important risk aspects, including the fire performance and resilience of building materials selected.

In our short 10 minute videos from John Melbourne, Principle Risk Management Surveyor, he addresses some of the key methods of construction and risk considerations, highlighting why it is important to get your insurer involved in the process early.



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About John Melbourne – Principal Risk Management Surveyor (CFPA Diploma in Fire Protection)

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John has 38 years of experience in the insurance industry, with 32 of those spent in Risk Management. He has been with Ecclesiastical for 22 years, surveying across all of the business niches, Care, Charity, Education, Faith, Heritage and Real Estate. Previous survey experience has seen him work across, commercial, industrial, electronics, engineering, food and motor trade risks, both large and small. He is also a Specialist Sprinkler Surveyor and a member of the Risk Management Technical Services Team providing assistance and guidance to the survey team and wider business. He also sits on the RISCAuthority Working Groups for Sprinklers and Active Fire Suppression which help develop best practice guides in fire safety