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Addressing the RAAC crisis in UK schools: A temporary solution is at hand

The educational landscape in the UK is facing an unprecedented challenge. Addressing the RAAC crisis (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) has raised serious concerns about the safety of our school buildings.

Many schools have discovered the pressing dangers associated with this type of concrete, with potential risks posed to both students and staff members. This has led to numerous partial or full school closures. Following Covid and strike action, this places further strain on an already stretched educational system.

For school governors, headteachers, and local councillors, ensuring the safety of students and staff is vital. Yet, they must also contend with the practicalities of managing a school during a facility crisis. How can schools continue to operate without compromising safety or the quality of education?

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Introducing Spaciotempo: Your Temporary Solution

Understanding the urgency of this situation, we want to bring your attention to an immediate and viable solution. Spaciotempo specialises in providing temporary buildings tailored for educational needs, which is key to addressing the RAAC crisis. So whether you require additional classrooms, exam halls, sports facilities, canteens and kitchen space, we are equipped to step-in and bridge the gap caused by unsafe concrete.

Why Choose Spaciotempo’s Temporary Buildings?

  1. Speedy Installation: Our structures can be erected quickly, ensuring minimal disruption to the academic calendar. Within weeks, schools can have safe new spaces ready for use.
  2. Customisation: Every school has unique needs. Our temporary buildings can be tailored with bespoke features such as glazing, insulation, HVAC systems, flooring, and lighting. This ensures that not only do they serve a functional purpose, but they also provide a conducive learning environment.
  3. Safety First: All Spaciotempo structures meet the highest safety standards. While the RAAC crisis highlights the vulnerabilities in some existing structures, you can rest assured that our temporary building solutions prioritise the safety of students and staff.
  4. Cost-Effective: Budgetary constraints are always a concern. Spaciotempo provides a cost-effective solution that doesn’t compromise on quality or safety. This allows schools to navigate this crisis without incurring costly expenses. We can also assist with Finance for Education.
  5. Flexibility: The uncertain nature of the RAAC crisis means some schools might need these structures for a shorter period. Whereas others might require them for extended durations. Our temporary buildings offer the flexibility needed to adapt to these varying timelines and we can hire from as little as three months.

Addressing The RAAC Crisis With A Temporary Building

Based on a revision to Schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order (GDPO), Class CB allows schools affected by RAAC to erect temporary structures without the need for submitting a planning application to the local planning authority.

Nevertheless, schools are required to inform the local planning authorities and the appropriate fire and rescue authorities a minimum of eight weeks before the construction of temporary buildings starts on site.

To school governors, trustees, headteachers, and local councillors, the RAAC crisis may seem insurmountable at first glance. However, with proactive planning and by choosing rapid temporary building solutions like those provided by Spaciotempo, you can ensure that your students’ education continues in a safe and effective manner.

In times of crisis, resilience and adaptability are tested. With Spaciotempo by your side, together we can ensure that your academic institution remains a place of safety, growth, and excellence. So for more information or to discuss how we can assist your school with a temporary building, please get in touch with our dedicated team. Let’s navigate this challenge together.

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