SCHOOLS and colleges looking to extend their facilities are being urged to consider an innovative building solution.
The cost of new development has become prohibitive for many educational establishments operating under the constraints of a tight budget.
And that can create a big problem for those faced with increasing demand for places.
Scott Jameson, managing director of Spaciotempo, said: “Many educational establishments need extra space but find the cost of large-scale development work prohibitive.
“They might require new sports facilities, have a need to extend classrooms or simply want more room to cope with increased numbers of pupils.
“Our temporary buildings can put those projects within reach for the first time.
“And though some governing bodies opt for a temporary structure over one or two years, our buildings can become a longer-term solution if needs are likely to persist.”
Spaciotempo buildings are all highly durable and meet British Safety Standards – some have been in use for more than 25 years.
And with minimal ground works required, structures of almost any size or shape can be up and running within a matter of weeks.
As market leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of temporary structures, Spaciotempo are well placed to help schools and colleges get the most from their site.
Alongside outright purchase and hire, Spaciotempo provides the alternative of an operating lease – a contract in which the school pays rental for the use of a structure without taking a majority of ownership risk.
Mr Jameson added: “The operating lease is one of our most popular and affordable options for schools who do not have the capital budget to fund the acquisition.
“By helping to keep monthly costs low, an operating lease contract can make a huge difference to the education sector – whether they have a short or longer-term requirement.
“Repayments can be classed as an operating expense and therefore won’t form part of a capital expenditure plan.”
By providing a complete service, from initial enquiry through to aftersales and maintenance, the company offers a single-source solution which ensures a consistent approach.
That’s the case at Nottingham University, where Spaciotempo buildings are providing high-tech facilities for students during work on a new £40 million sports centre.
The Staffordshire-based company is providing an interim solution while the building work, expected to last two years, is carried out.
Spaciotempo are managing the entire project which includes all ground work and the installation of several buildings along with drainage, flooring, electrical equipment, heating, fixtures and fittings.
Mr Jameson said: “Temporary buildings can play a vital role for schools and colleges and we can guide them along every step of the way.
“Our experts will carry out site visits and talk through all the options to ensure each project is just right for individual customers.”