ISG lands £35m DfE deal for trio of schools


ISG has been appointed to the £35m framework with the Department for Education (DfE) to build three new schools across the UK

The new projects include Compass School Southwark, which is the largest to be awarded to ISG on the framework, Two Rivers CofE Primary School – a Passivhaus Plus project in Keynsham, and Chelveston Road School in Northamptonshire – catering to those with moderate learning difficulties.

In support of the DfE’s goal of adopting offsite construction and manufacturing on new-build projects, ISG has worked closely with its partners to innovate and define a consistent approach to construction by using standardised and interoperable components.

Demonstrating the benefits of this approach to component design, ISG has proven its repeatable and cost-effective process allows robust benchmarking performance data to be captured.

By transferring and replicating proven techniques and processes from prior projects, this model speeds up pre-construction periods, saves time in the design phase and improves cost and programming advice at an earlier stage, due to robust data from previous developments.


The methodology enables the delivery of compliant and consistently high-quality results, while eliminating the need for alterations or reworks, all while aligning with the DfE’s specifications.

Embracing digitised specification

Zoe Price, chief operating officer for ISG’s UK construction business, said: “The DfE’s goal to embrace digitised specification in its construction framework leads the way and encourages pioneering and modern practices from its partners.

“ISG is proud to be a part of such an innovative and forward-looking approach.

“By harnessing new and revolutionary Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) elements, contractors, consultants and supply chain participants can align operations.

“This in turn enables better collaboration and smarter ways of working that pool expertise across the board and delivers enriched learning environments.”


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