TG Escapes

eco-buildings For schools needing new buildings quickly, cheaply and with minimal disruption, TG Escapes offers a range of calming and tranquil learning environments. The company can install timber- frame eco-buildings that enhance wellbeing by following biophilic design principles. This means they maximise healthy interior air quality, provide views and access to the outdoors and maximise natural light. The off-site modular construction process means smaller buildings can be completed on site in as little as six weeks. From single classrooms or breakout rooms to chapels, canteens, sports pavilions and arts spaces, all buildings are completed to an A+ energy rating using sustainable materials.

‘We needed extra space to develop our teacher- training programme and to provide additional classroom space for our students. Our TG Escapes eco-building provides us with four classrooms and a large conference room, as well as much-needed office space as we grow our multi-academy trust. We looked at a variety of solutions and felt that the TG Escapes offer was the best in terms of the look, longevity and affordability of the building. We were intrigued by TG Escapes’ different approach to learning environments and, after visiting their other projects, we were blown away. Pupils love learning in the “eco-build”; it is a calm and quiet building, with a great feel to it.’ Lee Alexander, head of finance, Shotton Hall Academy, Peterlee, County Durham

Covid safety packages from £500 +VAT

Want to make better use of your space, or do more to aid social distancing? Emma Griffin profiles products that can add flexibility to learning and play areas – and keep everyone safe

Fun & Active Buildings

start at around £80,000

(building pictured, £725,000)

Playgrounds This independent provider of playground markings has developed a new social distancing range. The clear and colourful social distance markers will help ensure that schools have the highest Covid safety measures throughout their premises. Bold markers can assist in directing pupils through one-way systems across the school, while footprint markers can ensure everyone keeps a safe distance. All markings are made from preformed thermoplastic, which is extremely durable and anti-slip – ideal for use in high-footfall areas. The material is also non-toxic and environmentally friendly, and has a high UV resistance, meaning colours won’t fade. Schools can customise the reversible colour combinations or add smaller arrows or dots if required. Fun & Active Playgrounds has implemented new processes that will ensure the safety of staff and school children by adhering to Covid-secure health and safety measures during installation.

‘From start to finish, the team provided excellent, professional support to our school. They listened to our initial ideas and supported us to develop a solution that fitted our budget and needs perfectly. The installation team were friendly, and fitted to a difficult Covid-safe timetable that limited their access to our site. They were nothing less than fantastic! We would highly recommend Fun & Active.’ Rebecca Fullick, headteacher, Northern Federation Infants School, Fareham, Hampshire

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