Reds10 is the future of how spaces are funded, designed, delivered and operated to meet customer needs. It uses data and modular technologies to create amazing spaces that deliver enhanced organisational performance for clients and fantastic experiences for their customers.
Reds10 is also committed to the net zero carbon agenda, but it isn’t stopping there. It has made a pledge to deliver better than carbon neutral at zero extra cost. This is one of 10 goals the business has set to shape the future of the industry and meet its own mission of ‘creating amazing spaces with 100% productivity’.
In addition, it has invested in substantial research and development to improve every aspect of what it does. This has led to the development of a lightweight concrete flooring system to reduce embodied carbon and transport, and it now delivers air tightness of three times best practice levels. Whole life carbon and embodied construction impacts assessment are undertaken as standard and partnerships have been forged with advanced technology providers, which have led to SMART Building Controls in all buildings to drive productivity as well as reduce energy use.
Green Park Village Primary School: An architectural centrepiece
A fine example of this work in action can be seen at Green Park Village School, a high-quality learning environment and architectural centrepiece for the community of Green Park Village in Reading. It was developed by the Berkeley Group, with funding from the Department for Education (DfE), which enabled it to be extended from a 1FEN to a 2FEN.
Christopher Adams, Commercial Director at Berkeley Group, said: “Green Park Village Primary School is the architectural centrepiece of our new signature residential development near Reading. As such, the quality standards we were after were particularly high. Reds10 far exceeded these throughout the process, providing us with a building that is not only visually amazing, but was delivered on time and within budget and can be operated to the lowest cost and carbon footprint.”
Paul Ruddick, CEO of Reds10, said: “Using our experience, research & development and a passion for design, we were able to take a traditional architectural concept and make it suitable and indeed optimal for volumetric modular construction. The school proves modular schemes can be beautiful and create environments where people thrive.”
The new school is a two-storey, steel framed volumetric building, with special features and a curved façade. It includes a double-storey height main hall and feature reception, with faceted link buildings and complex external wall treatment to meet both Berkeley Group and planning requirements.
The project included all design, procurement and installation, FF&E, ground & external works, such as MUGA and 3G synthetic sports pitches and external play areas. 80% of the building was constructed off-site, highlighting efficiency and productivity benefits as well as reducing disruption on site.
Amongst other features, the School benefits from SMART building to enable it to be operated at lowest cost, responding to the actual use of the building and with a much-reduced carbon footprint.
The project has been shortlisted for the Offsite Awards 2020 in the ‘Education Project of the Year’ and ‘Best Use of Volumetric Technology’ categories. Winners will be announced in September 2020.
Addington School: Bringing special education closer to home
Green Park Village Primary School is not the only project where Reds10 has been able to implement its unique approach. A development by Wokingham Borough Council to expand Addington School, a SEN school for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is due for completion this summer.
The 1000 sq m expansion of the Ofsted-rated Outstanding school, designed by HLM Architects, includes a single-storey, steel framed volumetric teaching block with three further education classrooms, an enhanced classroom for Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, a common area and dining hall extension.
Working closely with all project stakeholders, HLM Architects has developed a holistic and flexible design approach to the school’s needs, which will boost the school’s capacity to more than 260, allowing more local children with special educational needs and disabilities to be educated closer to home. It will also enhance the school’s educational and external space provision for its 16 to 19-year-old pupils.
“Everyone at Addington School is excited to see the finishing touches being put to our new building,” said Sara Attra, headteacher at Addington School.
“The building will perfectly fit the needs of our sixth form students and staff as well as allowing us to provide an outstanding education to even more young people in Wokingham borough.
“Our sixth form students can’t wait to use the excellent facilities in their new home and we are all looking forward to the day when we can cut the ribbon and officially open the building in the new school year.”
Claire Wakelin, Studio Director at HLM Architects, added: “This expansion means that more local children are able to take advantage of the great educational offerings at Addington School without having to travel far from their homes.
“The team worked hard to create a safe and nurturing environment that both inspires and brings a sense of place, helping future pupils achieve their best potential.
“Working with our partners at Reds10 also meant we were able to optimise sustainability across the construction phase. Our commitment to using the most eco-friendly materials throughout also helps ensure site longevity with minimal environmental impact.”
With this project, Reds10 has pushed the boundaries of off-site construction, proving once more that modular buildings don’t need to be uniform and have created an amazing educational space for the borough. 70 per cent of the work was constructed offsite to reduce disruption to the school and its pupils. This has significantly reduced the overall programme for delivery and allowed for the inclusion of enhanced carbon reduction features, helping Wokingham Borough Council meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Michael Ruddick, Commercial Director at Reds10, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working in collaboration with our partners HLM, Wokingham Council and Addington School to deliver this new sixth form building.
“The Reds10 team is proud of the building we have delivered. While pushing the boundaries of off-site construction and providing a truly visually amazing educational space, we were able to significantly reduce the overall programme for delivery and achieve sustainable, enhanced carbon reduction features. All without compromising on the comfort of the building.”
An official opening on the new building and other facilities will take place in autumn.