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Interim junior school building designed to high specifications and installed with minimal disruption to pupils and staff

Organisation : Highgate Junior School

Application : Education Buildings

Product : Ultima

Location : North London

Requirement :

Established in 1565 by Royal Charter, Highgate Junior School is an independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 3 to 18. A brand new junior school building will be finished in December 2015 – the school’s 450th anniversary year. During the construction work, the school needed to source high-quality teaching facilities to accommodate its junior school pupils and staff.

Solution :

Mark James, Principal at Highgate Junior School, says: “We visited a number of buildings at the outset and were impressed with the quality of Portakabin buildings.”

Portakabin was chosen to design a modular building to meet the school’s precise requirements. It was configured as a single and double-storey facility arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

Facilities include a reception, 16 general classrooms, two science laboratories, music and practice rooms, library, learning support room, IT suite, staff room, school office, cloakrooms and toilets with disabled access. The building was fully equipped by Portakabin with fire and intruder alarm systems, emergency lighting, data communications, stair pods, and air conditioning to the IT suite and library.

Externally, the building was finished in dove grey with contrasting blue windows.  Portakabin also installed a canopy over the central walkway linking the general classroom block to the specialist classrooms block, and another canopy over the main entrance.

Portakabin provided a complete package of services to Highgate Junior School, which included assisting in the design process, Building Regulations compliance, groundworks and fitting out. 

Delivery of the 65 modules that make up the new building had to be timed carefully to minimise disruption to local residents and to the daily running of the school. 

Mark adds: “Since completion of the scheme, we have received universally positive feedback from parents, pupils and staff – everyone is delighted with the facility.” 

“The new building is bright and well designed, and allows us to zone the year groups together. We particularly like the wide corridors and stairwells, and how spacious and airy the classrooms feel. It also has an attractive, welcoming entrance. We are very happy with the building which is working well.”

Mark James, Principal, Highgate Junior School


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