Otober 2010

Elliott's response to the James Review

  • Elliott's response to the James Review

The Elliott Group has launched Progression, an innovative new modular building system that represents one of the first live responses to the James Review.

Working with EC Harris, the leading built asset consultancy, the new volumetric solution achieves an overall build cost of £1,150m².

This offers significantly better value than Building Schools for the Future projects where overly complex designs with lack of economies of scale resulted in costs of around £2,500m².

The unwieldy, expensive nature of Building Schools for the Future programme is the reason why the James Review specifically highlighted standardisation of design as a means of delivering 30% cost savings to school building costs.


Progression, which offers all the benefits of standardised design coupled with off-site construction, will be available for viewing at BFE (Building Future Education) 9-10th May, Building Design Centre, London.

As well as working on development of the new system, EC Harris carried out an independent cost analysis to verify that the £1,150m² could be replicated as part of a standardised solution.

The Progression system is currently being installed at Elthorne Park Sixth Form in Ealing where it received an official visit by Lord Hill of Oareford CBE, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools on April. EC Harris will carry out a cost audit on this installation.

The new volumetric solution from Elliott Off-Site meets all Design Bulletins, has a 60-Year minimum life expectancy and is capable of achieving a BREEAM very good rating. The completed building is indistinguishable from a conventional build.

Elliott Off-Site offers Progression as supply only, or can act as Principal Contractor to provide clients with a complete project solution from initial survey, design, through to foundations and landscaping.

A spokesperson from EC Harris said: “Progression is an innovative solution from Elliott Off-Site that addresses all the requirements laid out in the James Review. We have benchmarked Progression against other systems and believe that it offers significant key areas of difference in terms of design and cost. Its off-site nature allows these benefits to be quickly and easily replicated across all schools.”

Paul Lang, Managing Director of Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions, said: “Progression builds on our long history of providing practical, cost effective solutions to the education sector and with a build cost of £1,150m² it goes well beyond the 30% cost saving requirement laid down in the James Review.”

Paul added: “Being an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution minimises design resources and therefore the cost of delivering a school building project. Our standardised solution only requires input in terms of foundation design, external cladding and internal layout requirements – enough to provide an element of individuality, whilst delivering major efficiencies.”

Progression is supplied to site with all M&E aspects complete and ready for connection to services, which ensures much reduced build times.

The issues associated with Building Schools for the Future and increases in primary school age means that forecast demand for places is expected to exceed supply over the next four years.

Progression allows schools to meet these new building needs, whilst achieving the requirements of the James Review.