During the building programme for the new Building Schools for the Future (BSF) funded Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning, pupil number predictions for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years showed that there would be short-term under capacity constraints. It was decided, in conjunction with the Centre Principal, that an additional short-term Year 7 facility should be provided to cater for the extra pupils. Transform Schools, a division of Balfour Beatty working with Knowsley Council to deliver the school, set about sourcing a completely self-contained Year 7 building to complement the state-of-the-art new Centre for Learning.Solution :
Gary Udall, Project Manager at Transform Schools, says: “With just over six months to get the new Year 7 building in place, we knew that modular construction was our best option. We quickly needed to find a modular building supplier that could deliver a quality of building to match the main school within our very tight deadline, as well as providing cost certainty and a complete turn-key package. Portakabin emerged as the clear front runner, fulfilling all of these criteria. They gave us complete confidence that they could deliver on time and to the high standards we demanded.”
Using drawings for the Year 7 centre supplied by main school architects, Aedas, Portakabin developed a plan for the new facility constructed from its premium-quality Ultima building modules. The design replicates the layout of the main school building, which follows modern education design principles with a large communal area and teaching facilities radiating from that central hub. The Portakabin Year 7 building features a central break-out area which doubles as the canteen at lunchtime, surrounded by seven classrooms, unisex toilets and a staff area. The building follows an open-plan anti-bullying design. Outside, it is clad in cedarwood and render to match the main school building, while inside it is bright and airy, finished in calm, welcoming pastel colours.
Gary continues: “Portakabin took care of the entire project, which was very successful. The liaison with Balfour Beatty Construction who were completing the main school build at the same time went very smoothly. Ultimately the building was delivered on time, ready for the whole school to open for business in September. The quality of the finished building is excellent and is a real asset to the Centre for Learning as a whole.”
Transform Schools was assured that Portakabin could deliver on time by the company’s unique Customer Charter, which promises that all projects will be completed on time and on budget. The Charter even promises that in the unlikely event of a project overrun, the customer will be entitled to an additional 12 months product warranty on their building.*
Simon McEneny, Service Director for Future Schooling in Knowsley, says: ”The Year 7 building has been well received by teachers as well as pupils, who like having their own dedicated space.
“We felt there were numerous benefits of choosing modular construction for this building. It was a very quick and cost-effective method of construction and there were very few issues for the Council during the building process. The quality of the building exceeded our expectations, and it really complements the main Centre for Learning. In fact, when we show visitors around, they are always surprised to learn that the Year 7 hub is constructed any differently from the main building.”
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