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Classrooms for 480 Edinburgh children

22/07/2016

Remarkably swift delivery

The local Portakabin Hire Centre team in Edinburgh provided the exceptionally fast response – sourcing 16 buildings for high quality classrooms, transporting each building to the school, and putting in place external power connections to generators, emergency lighting, fire alarms and extinguishers, and access steps and ramps.

Pupils in the classroom Portakabin modular offices Children walking between modular offices

The Portakabin building solution allowed the school to re-open and most importantly, with all children at Royal High School on their original site. This avoided the need for any displacement which would have been very disruptive to the running of the school and the children's education.


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Change in perception
of modular buildings

Andrew Kerr
Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council said,

I am delighted that Portakabin was able to meet our requirements at such short notice, particularly given the scale of the project – getting 16 buildings ready for the pupils in just four days is no mean feat! It was great to see such collaboration, commitment and focus on the urgency of the project to ensure the school could re-open so quickly. We have received only positive feedback from the school about the quality of the classrooms and could not have asked for a better service. 
This is a really good solution which has delivered robust, comfortable and secure classrooms

Pauline Walker
Head Teacher at the Royal High School

Pauline Walker also said:

We cannot believe what was achieved in the timescale. The experience has completely changed our perception of interim modular buildings. The quality of the classrooms far exceeded our expectations and the teaching facilities are completely different to the temporary accommodation we had to endure as children. Being able to have all the children in one location has made a huge difference to the running of the school. 

16 buildings in 4 days

Portakabin has delivered a further project for the City of Edinburgh Council while remediation works and quality checks are completed at Gracemount High School. Eight buildings were installed over a weekend to provide welfare and classroom facilities for 260 children.

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