With education funding under threat, school budgets are tighter than ever. Head teachers are under pressure to find new ways for schools to save money, while continuing to deliver high quality teaching to an ever-increasing student population. That’s a pretty demanding juggling act, but modular construction is one area where schools can make smart savings. We’ll show you how schools can save money by building new, modular classrooms to accommodate extra pupils.

Low-cost solution

If your school has an overcrowding issue that needs to be fixed, and fast, modular buildings are probably your best bet. Not only are they cheaper to build and less intrusive than a bricks-and-mortar extension, they can also be constructed much more quickly – so you’ll be up and running sooner, for a smaller overall outlay. As an example, a small modular classroom can be constructed for as little as £33,000, which includes a bespoke layout designed specifically for your premises. At prices like that, it’s easy to see how schools can save money by opting for a modular build.

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Of course, with any key decision it’s important to think beyond a simple quick fix. It’s not always easy to achieve, but the best financial investments look to the long term, guaranteeing value for money for years into the future. That’s where modular construction is a win-win solution for schools. Modular buildings are built to last, with an expected lifespan of at least 50 years. And even if the school’s needs change unexpectedly within that time, a modular classroom can adapt to unknown future plans far better than any bricks-and-mortar building, because it is designed to be easy to dismantle and move to another location if need be.


One way for schools to save money is to try to cut down their regular outgoings, such as energy bills. Energy efficient modular buildings can help you to achieve this. They’re extensively insulated using Structured Insulated Panels, so schools will benefit from a comfortable classroom that can be used all year round, as well as saving energy on heating, which makes for lower running costs.


A modular classroom can be a valuable asset outside of school hours. If the space is flexible enough to be used for a number of different purposes, schools may be able to use the extra space to generate income by hiring out the room to community groups.

Get help with the costs of construction

When finances are tight, large investments can make a dent in any school budget. One potential way for schools to save money on building a new classroom is to research sources of funding that you may be eligible for. Be sure to check out the Grants 4 Schools website to find out what financial help could be open to you.

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When planning a modular construction project, schools can also benefit from competitive finance options designed to help you to manage the costs effectively by spreading payments over a number of years.

For more information on how schools can save money by opting for a modular classroom, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation.