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By Paul Jacob

Modular schools arrive on site

Working with East Sussex County Council, ECE has used off-site manufacture to reduce the construction period of two new primary schools from a typical 52 weeks to just 32.

Constructed by Kier and Eco-Modular this batch of schools in Hailsham and Newhaven use identical layouts to maximise the benefits of batched procurement, while benefitting from reduced waste and improved quality through off-site manufacturing. The external cladding colours are unique to each school and respond to the site context and differing environments.

The two approved primary schools form part of East Sussex County Council’s BIM Pilot Scheme, providing lessons in advance of the Government Construction Strategy 2016 deadline for the implementation of BIM and Soft Landings.


ECE have developed the projects from the EFA Baseline designs in Revit, delivering planning drawings, internal room elevations and layouts that defined the Council’s Employers Requirements.

Christian Williams from East Sussex County Council said,

“ECE have been a huge help to ESCC in tackling the BIM matters for these pilot projects. We are all on a steep learning curve but I feel confident we have an excellent team on board.”

The Newhaven building sits on an exposed coastal site next to an existing academy. Existing foundations have been crushed on site for use as sub-base. Excavated material is being used on site to re-grade levels resulting in no excavated material being removed from site.

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