Using vacant shops and offices instead of creating new buildings could save money, time and resources.

London-based building consultancy firm, EC Harris, says that vacant shops and offices could be converted into free schools in as little as 5 months time. With the UK government planning to open free schools from next year, EC Harris says turning empty retail space into schools would help them cut down on building costs as well as allow opening the schools faster. These free schools, which are publicly funded, but run by charities or parent groups, would also include facilities such as play areas.

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