SFG College: Industry experts point finger at Caledonian Modular

Education / Wed 23rd Aug 2023 at 08:33am

INDUSTRY experts have laid blame for the closure of the £29 million Sir Frederick Gibberd College with the now defunct company that built the school.

NewCivilEngineer.Com spoke to Modular and Portable Development Director, Richard Hipkiss.

They also spoke to Anglia Ruskin University professor of sustainable construction methods, Saul Humphrey.


In the article, the experts discuss (among other things):

Whether it was the building or the builder?

Caledonian Modular’s decision not to join the Modular and Portable Design Association (MPDA)

Whether this is a one-off?

The problems with the sports hall

Whether cash flow challenges were a part of the problem

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9 Comments for SFG College: Industry experts point finger at Caledonian Modular:

Kim Oconnor
2023-08-23 08:42:22

What a waste of money.... cheap labour,,, cheap materials, most probably. .

2023-08-23 09:02:11

The the children’s education that will suffer

2023-08-23 11:00:14

Like i have said on many occasions the fault lies purely at the feet of this corrupt tory government. Stop going on about waste of money/cheap labour etc and concentrate on the dfe woke cretin that signed off this project. This matter should be investigated by an external police force with a view to exposing bribery and corruption as it is crystal clear that these modular units where not fit for purpose but where signed of by a senior dfe staff member as acceptable. Someone has clearly taken a backhander here

2023-08-23 11:19:49

The company are at fault for constructing a dangerously defective building, but so too are the Conservative politicians who signed the contract with this company and who should have ensured effective supervision of the construction.

2023-08-23 11:55:11

So someone so corrupt has approved this and this dangerous building could have collapsed on top of our children heads. And so far we haven't heard of someone being caught. It is not just their education. You risked children lives. Criminals.

Kim Oconnor
2023-08-23 12:01:20

Tom , the trouble is they probably were fit for purpose when sighed of,, the trouble lies with the building industry, and cheap materials, cheap labour, that do not stand the test of time...As I've said on few post now, you carnt train a bricky in a few weeks, which they do now,, it's a life long trade , and you never stop learning.. ask your self why , why are there so many faults with new builds, throw them up and don't look back, leaving people to pick up the pieces... So many things wrong now.... this has to start at the bottom, all the way up to this government, and theses councils...

Punctuation Pedant
2023-08-23 13:18:06

Its signed off and can't, Jesus, ill-informed rubbish.....

David Forman
2023-08-24 09:06:57

If you read the National Audit Office's report into the Government's hospital building programme, you will discover that Modern Methods of Construction utilizing modular construction. Consequently, will Robert Halfon MP pleade tell us whether a new PAH at Junction 7a will fall apart as quickly as Sir Frederick Gibbets college? See paragraph 14 on page 11 of NAO report: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/New-hospital-programme-report.pdf

David Forman
2023-08-24 09:20:02

The Government's new hospital programme may be one of the reasons why the Department for Education refused to share the technical report with New Civil Engineer: see second link at bottom of news story above. Anglia Ruskin University professor of sustainable building methods Saul Humphrey 'believes that the DfE should take time to reconsider the modular approach to school building. “I think it should pause, reflect and immediately take expert soundings to find the cause on each of these problems,” he said. “It could just be a Caledonian problem, not a modern methods of construction problem, but equally you couldn’t justify continuing if there is a question over the methodology.'

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