Modular Eco Buildings: Inspiring spaces and enhanced learning

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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Inspiring: The Modular Eco Building at Bickley Park School

Modular Eco Buildings are a cheaper way to create inspiring spaces and enhance learning in your school...

TG Escapes design bespoke modular eco buildings for schools and colleges that encourage a connection with the natural world, create opportunities for outdoor learning and promote environmental citizenship. They use biophilic design principles which essentially incorporate natural elements into their school buildings at every available opportunity, offering occupants an opportunity to connect with nature and natural light.

The materials used reflect the images and textures found in nature, and are sustainably sourced. Energy efficiency is woven into the fabric of each building which both cuts down on running costs and naturally stimulates environmental awareness. However, it is the biophilic design elements that serve to enhance the physical and mental well-being of students and staff alike.

Classrooms maximise the penetration of natural light into the learning space. Exposure to sunlight is essential for the synchronisation of circadian rhythms and hormone cycles, keeping sleep, digestive, mood and energy levels in balance. It also stimulates the production of serotonin which in turn confers a range of physical and mental benefits. Behaviour, concentration and learning ability have been shown to improve as a result.

They ensure that the buildings are positioned in such a way as to provide a view of the natural world outside: there is a growing body of evidence that views of nature serve to mitigate the debilitating effects of chronic low-grade stress. However, being outside is perhaps the best stress antidote which is why the classrooms are designed to provide easy outside access effortlessly encouraging the opportunity for outdoor learning and play.

Being outside naturally promotes movement and physical activity, enhancing fitness and brain health. It has been shown to improve self-discipline, social interaction and concentration, resulting in students that are more able to engage with, and retain, taught material.

TG Escapes fast modular process minimises disruption, ensures educational continuity and adherence to time and budget constraints. Every project starts with a FREE site visit and survey so that they fully understand the detailed requirements, allowing them to provide a single all-inclusive price. They provide a full service which includes: planning permission, building regulations, demolition (if required), foundations, clearance and all service connections.

Learning Escapes stand alone, frequently on an underutilised site, providing bright, inspiring and secure learning spaces. Sun pipes, sedum roofs and energy efficient designs make the A rated buildings more economical. Larger buildings can cost as little as £1200 per m2. All of which explain why they have built over 700 eco-buildings in the last 12 years. Take a look at some of their case studies to see why most customers rate them 5 out of 5.

Selecting a company for a new modular building is a big commitment. You will want to feel safe & secure that you've made the right choice of architect & builder who will realise your vision. TG Escapes buildings have won national awards and they are members of the British Educational Suppliers Association.

Lee Alexander, Head of Finance, Shotton Hall Academy, said: "You are in effect getting a permanent building for half the cost of bricks and mortar. We were intrigued by TG Escapes' different approach to learning environments and after visiting their other projects we were blown away."

Sam Patel, Director of School Development, Bickley Park School, said: “Both children and staff love learning and working in the building due to the amount of natural light and space. Free flow access to a covered deck is a huge advantage so that outdoor learning can take place in all weathers.”

A small school building can be ready to use in as little as six weeks from planning consent. To find out more call 0800 917 7726, email info@tgescapes.co.uk or book your free survey


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