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Department for Education seek engagement on proposals for off-site Energy Pods for Schools

18 Nov 22

The Department for Education (DfE) have commissioned a team of experts to deliver a research and innovation project known as Energy Pods and we need your help. Arcadis is leading the market engagement on behalf of the DfE.

The DfE is seeking engagement from end users, potential Contractors, Suppliers and other interested parties about the DfE’s proposals for off-site Energy Pods for schools. This will cover the enclosure/MEP equipment and extend to the enabling works required on site to receive the Energy Pod. The objective of this engagement is to research and assess the off-site opportunities, establish the extent of current solutions and technologies available and understand the appetite and scale of the market. This will help inform procurement planning in readiness for future delivery to meet the strategic direction.

The following briefing document provides background to the Energy Pod research project - DfE Energy Pod Market Engagement Briefing Document

Market engagement will comprise a presentation which will be delivered on three occasions, on 22, 23 and 24 November 2022, followed by questionnaires to be completed by attendees. A recording of the presentation will be made available. The engagement will explore other influential drivers of this research project such as practicalities of delivery, embodied carbon, material resource/sources, buildability and sequencing. Long-term requirements such as warranties and maintenance will need to be covered as well. 

The feedback from the questionnaires will be reviewed critically to ensure that the quality and requirements of the Energy Pod are preserved, whilst incorporating useful and pragmatic outcomes/observations. This will be part of a wider discussion within the team during design development.  

How can you help?

Please register to attend an online presentation on one of the following dates:

  • 22 November 2022, 9am to 11am
  • 23 November 2022, 3pm to 5pm
  • 24 November 2022, 9am to 11am

You can register through Eventbrite, using the following link:

If you are unable to attend on these dates, you can request a recording of the presentation through the following email link:

We have created a list of questions for our stakeholders to respond to and provide information, which are detailed in the attached briefing document. Links to the online questionnaires will be provided after the presentation, which should be completed by 30 November 2022. The questionnaires are tailored to the following groups:

  • Questionnaire 1 – Suppliers
  • Questionnaire 2 – Main Contractors, MMC and MEP Supply Chain
  • Questionnaire 3 – School Responsible Bodies, Trusts and Local Authorities
  • Questionnaire 4 – Other Organisations

Links to the online questionnaires will be provided after the presentation and we would like to hear from you by 30 November 2022.  


Responses from the market by way of this engagement will be received by Arcadis. Information will be reviewed by Arcadis and shared with members of the DfE team that include Cundalls, Atkins and Mott McDonald amongst other government bodies and research establishments. The information and contact details will only be used in connection with the work associated with Energy Pods for the DfE and not used for other purposes. Data will be held in accordance with the policies of Arcadis and in compliance with GDPR.

How to find out more

Please register and attend one of the presentation sessions to find out more; any questions can be raised at one of the sessions. however, should you have any queries regarding access to the presentation session or extraordinary queries please email [email protected].

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