Leeds City Council is committed to increasing capacity across primary schools in Leeds to cater for increasing pupil numbers in the city. To facilitate this process it has established a framework agreement with three modular building suppliers, including Portakabin, for the provision of extra classroom facilities where required. The framework agreement means that approved-quality suppliers can quickly be sourced to deliver complete projects within short timescales, without the need for a lengthy tendering process.Solution :
Over the summer of 2010, Portakabin was chosen to deliver buildings to five primary schools across Leeds, helping the council to rapidly meet its capacity requirements. The largest of these projects was an extensive multi-classroom facility for Greenmount Primary School.
Here, the increase in pupil numbers meant that many children were being taught in old stand-alone classrooms. The school was keen to improve its teaching facilities and create a large integrated new modular building featuring several classrooms and providing flexibility for future growth.
Shaya Alexander, Development Officer at Leeds City Council, says: “As a framework agreement supplier, Portakabin has worked successfully with us to deliver several new school buildings across the city. For the Greenmount School project, Portakabin collaborated with us to develop a building design that fulfilled the school’s requirements. Importantly, they were able to provide a compete solution, as required by the framework agreement, managing everything from demolition and groundworks through to heating and alarm system installations.”
The project kicked off with the demolition of the old temporary buildings. The scale of the site preparation work required meant that demolition had to begin seven weeks before the end of the summer term. To house the displaced pupils during this period, Portakabin provided three high-quality classroom buildings on hire.
The demolition and extensive groundworks were completed before the end of term, with minimal disruption to the school. The new building modules were then delivered, installed and fitted out during the six-week school holidays to create the new classroom block.
The building is designed to cater for pupils of all ages and incorporates six large classrooms, infant and junior toilets and a spacious, versatile studio area. This provides a venue for drama, dance and art activities, as well as providing a facility for the local community to use. It is designed with a demountable wall down the centre to provide increased future flexibility for the school.
To meet planning conditions and provide an aesthetic finish that complemented the main school, the jade-coloured building is partly clad in brick. The school site is split level, with the new building located downhill from the main school building. To meet Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) regulations, Portakabin fitted a fully enclosed platform lift to the outside of the building, making it accessible to all pupils and staff. To meet council requirements, Portakabin also installed a wet heating system, data cabling and a fire and intruder alarm integrated with the school’s central alarm system.
The building was completed and ready for use by pupils at the start of the autumn term. Portakabin has a 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.*
Shaya adds: “The school is very happy with their brand new building, which is far superior to the classrooms they had been using before. Working with Portakabin was a very positive experience and I was particularly pleased with the performance of their on-site teams.”
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