When a fire broke out at Bentley Wood high school it destroyed almost 50% of the school buildings. Extensive interim facilities were needed very quickly before the end of the half-term holidays.
Portakabin was chosen to provide the interim school facilities because of the quality of its solution and expertise. Working hand-in-hand with the Council and its Project Managers, Kier Harrow Projects, Portakabin built a complete interim science facility and classroom complex - within eight weeks.
The school was assured of timely delivery of its buildings by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*
Working against a very tight deadline, Portakabin created two large buildings of two-storeys, which together provided over 667m2 of interim accommodation. The buildings incorporated 14 classrooms, specialist science facilities, 2 staff rooms and offices as well as complete toilet and changing facilities. Portakabin also incorporated high-quality stairwells to the buildings, plus a separate ICT room and a stand-alone classroom building with DDA compliant ramps.
Neil Dimond, Project Manager at Kier Harrow Projects, said: "Portakabin gave excellent service to everyone, particularly as we were under a lot of pressure. The project only took around eight weeks from start to completion."
Nick Alwyn, School Manager at Bentley Wood High says: "The buildings are very spacious, light and airy and far larger than traditionally built classrooms. They give us the ideal teaching environment. The buildings are so good that many of the teachers don't want to move back into the permanent buildings! Everyone who has seen the new buildings has been very impressed with the quality and space of a modular solution from Portakabin."
"The expertise and professionalism of Portakabin shone through at a very difficult time. Lots of people had to be involved in the project, but Portakabin dealt very quickly and professionally with all the parties to complete the buildings as quickly as possible."
Nick Alwyn, School Manager at Bentley Wood High School
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