After a terrible fire at Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster 90% of its buildings were destroyed causing major disruption to its 800 pupils and staff.
As an emergency measure, staff and pupils had to be moved to different locations across the community to continue their teaching and learning following the fire. The speed of response and delivery of a suitable solution was therefore critical to minimising the impact of the fire on the young people's education.Solution :
Working weekends and in adverse weather conditions, Portakabin configured 179 steel-framed modules to meet the school's exact requirements, which were installed to form 21 buildings. These provided teaching facilities of the highest standards to get the school up and running again, including a dining hall and catering kitchen, 20 general classrooms, science laboratories, art and technology rooms, six ICT suites, sports changing rooms, administration unit, lecture theatre, seminar rooms and toilet blocks.
The buildings are located on a sports field so Portakabin also had to install all necessary drainage, foundations, tarmac, electrical substations and a temporary car park, as well as access ramps and steps, fire and intruder alarms, air conditioning, data connections and fitting out.
Commenting on the project, Andrew Sprakes, Head Teacher at Campsmount Technology College, says: "We are all stunned and delighted at what has been achieved here - teaching accommodation of the highest standard, delivered in such a short timescale, and in very challenging working conditions."
"We can't speak highly enough of the Portakabin team. They worked at break-neck speed to get our school up and running again. The quality and finish of the buildings, how they've been set up and organised, and the size of the classrooms is all excellent. It has surpassed all our expectations."
Doncaster Council's Director of Children's Services, Chris Pratt, says: "Our officers, together with senior management and governors at the school, have been determined to deliver interim accommodation on site and as quickly as possible. To have achieved this in such a short time period with Portakabin is a huge achievement and thanks and congratulations go out to all the planning, hard work and commitment demonstrated by everyone involved throughout this process."
In emergency situations, such as following a fire or flooding, or last minute changes to pupil intake, schools and local authorities need an assurance that their building needs will be met - on programme, without unforeseen costs and with no compromise on quality. The Portakabin solution at Campsmount Technology College is a dramatic example of how it can be delivered on time and on budget.