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Posted on 15th January 2016

With the Local Government Association estimating a shortfall of 880,000 school places over the next few years, the need to construct new schools and extend existing estates has never been greater.

Often that need is urgent, with additional capacity required by the start of the new school year. The result is tighter programmes for contractors, which must be delivered without compromising on build quality or compliance.

Proprietary balustrade systems can play an important part in helping to fast track fit-out of new or refurbished school buildings, and Delta Balustrades is revolutionising this approach with standard ranges that meet the same stringent quality, compliance and service life criteria of bespoke products.

Our proprietary ranges are still custom-designed for each individual project, taking into account the specifics of the architectural design and loading requirements. However, the range uses a wide range of parts and system designs that have been tested to the very highest standards and are fully BS EN compliant.

While modular systems are designed in the usual way by Delta Balustrades’ experienced engineers, they are assembled off site, ready for ‘plug and play’ installation with no on-site fabrication or finishing.

This not only saves installation time on site but also removes the need for any welding, which avoids the requirement for a hot works permit and reduces health and safety risks. Faster installation also means a more efficient site, with fewer people needed on site, freeing up workflows at the busy final fix stage of a scheme.

Faster installation is also a major benefit for operational refurbishment schemes, ensuring that any temporary closure of areas of the school can be completed as quickly as possible.

As modular and offsite construction become more commonplace, the education sector is looking to its supply chain to provide solutions for urgent build programmes. When it comes to balustrades, Delta is ready to meet that challenge.

For more information on our ORBIS range – the most popular of our ranges in the education sector: please click HERE