Demographic changes in Birmingham have led to a 21% increase in births between 2001 and 2008, and it has been predicted there could be a shortage of up to 3,000 reception places between now and 2020.
To help meet the increased intake in the city, Birmingham City Council had a requirement for high quality teaching accommodation for an additional 330 children in nine primary schools.
Portakabin, working with main contractors Wates Construction, provided around 1,000sqm of primary school teaching accommodation on nine different sites.
Each school's facilities were handed over on time, on budget and to a tight timescale - just 14 weeks from receipt of order, ready for the start of the new academic year.
Eleven interim school buildings at eight of the schools, which include both single and double classroom blocks, will be on hire for 12 months until the permanent facilities are expanded at each school. Each classroom arrived on site during the summer holidays complete with infant toilets, flooring, lighting, heating, partitions, power points, sinks for wet play areas, and access ramps or steps.
Portakabin has successfully delivered 15 projects for Birmingham City Council over the last three years - a range of buildings for housing, education and parks departments.