Hivve is a unique modular classroom

and technology system designed

and manufactured in Western Sydney

Hivve makes better learning environments for students and teachers: flexible, environmentally friendly, light filled spaces which harness technology to ensure a healthy, comfortable indoor environment — giving everyone room to breathe, and learn.

Hivve is a multidisciplinary team of design, engineering and technology specialists, handpicked to create a game changing replacement for out of date, ageing education infrastructure that supports 21st century teaching and learning.

Hivve offers innovative funding arrangements that can be tailored to work within a school budget and is specifically designed to be a fast build, multi-storey, permanent solution which minimises disruption to regular school activities while capping construction cost and risk.

Hivve buildings and technology combine to deliver environmentally sustainable and economically responsible outcomes for schools over the long term.

Our Story

Hivve was conceived by proud parent company EPB in response to the growing need for high quality social infrastructure, particularly in the education sector. EPB’s team based in Arndell Park, Western Sydney have over 40 years of experience in designing and constructing high quality portable and modular buildings.

Over the past 20 years EPB has been a leading supplier of classrooms and other educational facilities to the NSW Government and independent schools.

Seeing the looming shortage of education infrastructure firsthand, the EPB team set themselves a goal: to design a holistic, modular building system that could rapidly, sustainably and economically meet this need.

More importantly, they wanted to design a learning space which centered on the needs of students and teachers, because research shows that the quality of the classroom environment has a direct impact on learning. This meant prioritizing the air quality of the learning space, increasing natural light and ventilation, addressing thermal comfort and acoustics and bringing nature indoors.

Our Directors

David Wrench, Managing Director of EPB, together with Richard Doyle, Director of Hivve Technology, lead a small, multidisciplinary team of experienced design, engineering and technology specialists who have joined forces to create Hivve.

David Wrench

Managing Director

As Managing Director of the EPB modular building business for the past 12 years, David has extensive experience in prefabricated modular design and construction. Trained as an engineer, he has worked in banking and the energy industry, having successfully established small energy businesses over the past 20 years. David has a real passion for innovation, a love of design and the belief that combining latest design with technology innovations will enable classrooms to meet the needs of future generations of learners.

Richard Doyle

Director

Richard is an experienced senior finance professional and energy market specialist with more than 20 years experience in Australian Energy Markets. Richard is also an Independent Adviser to ASX listed companies. Richard has a passion for developing entrepeneurial and sustainable solutions to energy market challenges for both the government and private sectors. Richard is currently Director of Hivve Technology.

Our Partners

Hivve has a number of key partners. Together the team created Hivve, bringing together all the elements needed to optimise learning.
Modular building fabrication, construction and project management –– EPB
Architectural design –– EPB AND ARCO CONSULT
Technology –– HIVVE TECHNOLOGY
Renewable Energy –– ARENA

PARTNER

Arup Group

Arup Group, a leading international design and engineering firm, provided structural engineering expertise to allow Hivve to be flexible, structurally sound, meet all building code requirements with enhanced acoustic, fire, structural and vibration performance. Arup and EPB have developed a prefabricated, modular school building that can be stacked in low, medium and high-rise configurations and then deconstructed and reconfigured as school needs change. All the elements of the Hivve family are designed and engineered on a 3.0m x 3.6m grid to be fully interchangeable, with multiple configurations to suit a wide range of school sites and local requirements.

PARTNER

Arco Consult

Arco Consult, an architectural design, property development and project management group, have ensured all Hivve design decisions considered environmentally sustainable design principles and current research on how the built environment impacts academic performance.

PARTNER

Hivve Technology

Hivve Technology has developed a patent-pending intelligent building management system with fully integrated solar PV energy generation. The building management system combines real time energy generation and use metering with real-time environment monitoring. It enables the collection of performance data to help schools manage energy demand as well as providing teachers with a web-enabled in-classroom teaching tool.

PARTNER

ARENA

Hivve buildings are currently being deployed in schools as a pilot in partnership with ARENA, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and will be fully operational from January 2018.

Energy Efficient

Solar Powered

Improves Academic Performance

Intelligent System & Controls

Thermal Comfort

Fresh Air

Fast Build

Value for Money