The cost of replacing dilapidated classrooms was out of reach for Davison CE High School because any replacement had to include temporary accommodation during the build. Joynt Construction came up with and implemented the solution, fast-track construction of the facilities during the school summer holidays using an off-site manufactured timber panel system.

Joynt construction’s proposal to use the SIPS system for construction was thought by some to be too risky, but the large cost saving and conveniently short timescale meant they were awarded the contract.

Working with an architect, plans were drawn up for a building that worked with the style of existing building on the site using timber frame panels from Innovare. On site the team managed by Joynt overcame poor weather and some fittings supplier problems to deliver to the rigid deadline of the first day of the school term. The total schedule for an architect designed, permanent building providing six classrooms was under twelve weeks.

The construction has delighted the management, staff and pupils of the school, not least because of the large cost saving. It has received plaudits from the press and was shortlisted in the Best offsite educational project category at the OSC Annual Awards 2007.