The fire at Arnold Hill Lower School took place during the summer holiday and most of the school buildings were affected, apart from the dining halls, gym and kitchens. Nottinghamshire County Council required a teaching complex – including a laboratory – for the estimated 18 months that it would take to rebuild the school, with deliveries and fitting out of the Portakabin buildings scheduled for block-by-block handover.
The design proposed by Portakabin offered the staff and pupils a better working environment than the traditional buildings lost in the fire. Carpeting and light-oak doors in all classrooms and corridors, acoustic partitioning and climate control systems throughout, steps and DDA-compliant ramps, Portaloo toilet blocks and a Portakabin Protecta fire and security alarm system, revealed the benefits of the Portakabin one-stop-shop service. The U-shaped building design involved 93 Ultima modules in three two-storey blocks, a layout intended to enable safe management of the children. All of the lower-school pupils were in their temporary classrooms for English and Humanities within eight weeks of the fire.
Robin Fugill, Headteacher at Arnold Hill Lower School, said: "Speed, efficiency and miracles are words that come to mind over the way Portakabin handled the project. When destruction strikes you need to act very quickly, make decisions and reassure people about progress. Portakabin provided professional advice about design and managed the building project. Their customer service and on-site efficiency was crucial support through a traumatic period."