Tuner & Townsend to deliver 15 modular schools in Hamburg

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Turner & Townsend has been appointed to support the construction of 15 modular school buildings, as part of a major education expansion programme in Hamburg

SBH Schulbau Hamburg appointed Turner & Townsend to provide specialist project and cost management services as well as guidance for the deployment of offsite technologies to deliver the buildings within a 15-month timeframe.

The business worked with SBH Schulbau Hamburg to develop a pilot scheme with a high quality, repeatable blueprint for constructing modular buildings for schools.

The pilot scheme will now inform the larger school building programme which could eventually see up to 36 modular school buildings delivered by 2023.

The blueprint is based around the schools having a fixed central core encompassing key facilities, surrounded by flexible and adaptable space to allow for the bespoke requirements of each school.

Adopting offsite construction

The use of offsite technology should accelerate the building programme in order to respond to the city’s urgent need for more school capacity.

Niall O’Reilly, director at Turner & Townsend said: “We are extremely proud to have supported the SBH Schulbau Hamburg team in the development of this modular building solution in response to the growing demand for high quality and efficiently delivered school facilities in Hamburg.

“This sustainable and flexible offsite modular framework will meet the city’s needs for new schools while delivering bright, new and inspiring places to learn.”

Jan Schneck, north division manager SBH Schulbau Hamburg, added: “As the management company responsible for the realisation of school projects for the city of Hamburg, we are faced with the great task of expanding more than 120 schools in the coming years.

“The ‘Hamburger Klassenhaus’, a modular solution, plays an important role here.

“We were able to appoint good partners, including Turner & Townsend as the project management team responsible for the implementation and support these construction projects.”


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