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UK's first university technical college built offsite wins industry recognition


Global Academy, a £16m state-of-the-art hybrid modular building has won Best Education Project at this year’s Offsite Awards in London.

The winners of 21 categories were announced at the event, held during ecobuild at the ExCeL.

Global Academy was built by joining together traditional and modular construction methods, allowing the structure to grow at twice the speed of a fully traditional project. The offsite solution engineered by Portakabin reduced build time to just 12 months meaning the school was open in time for enrolment for the new term.

The now award-winning project has not only challenged the perception of offsite construction but it has also created a visionary new academy with a network of unique facilities to help young people develop practical and technical skills for the broadcast and digital media industries. Supported by The Department for Education, Global Academy will teach 800 students every year by 2020.

The annual Offsite Awards, which are rapidly being established as a highlight of the construction calendar – are a platform to showcase innovation, celebrate best practice and recognise overall expertise in offsite construction. With over 200 entries, the event featured a shortlist of exceptional landmark projects, influential people and manufacturing excellence.

Derek Carter, Chief Executive of Portakabin said, “This is a really exciting regeneration scheme which has created a landmark education facility offering young people fantastic practical training to get them ready for careers in media. Receiving this recognition for the project is an amazing achievement for everyone involved.”

Darren Richards, Managing Director of Cogent Consulting said, “What a great success – the calibre and quantity of the entries this year clearly demonstrates that offsite technology is pushing the boundaries of construction and manufacturing innovation. I would personally like to thank everyone who entered the awards, as well as the valued sponsors and judges – without their support, this event would not be possible.”

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