As a Sports College, Park House School wanted to develop a unique new facility that combined a state-of-the-art fitness suite, an ICT area where the impacts of physical activity could be monitored, and a food and nutrition room to promote knowledge and understanding of healthy eating. This new ‘Wellness Centre’ would replace the school’s existing gym facility and support cross-curricular learning as part of the school’s involvement in the London 2012 Get Set programme.
Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House School, says: “We visited the Portakabin headquarters in York to see its buildings for ourselves and assess their capabilities. We were really impressed by the quality of the buildings and the way they could be configured to meet the diverse requirements of each component of the Wellness Centre. What’s more, the company’s status as a Government Procurement Service supplier helped to accelerate the procurement process and keep the project on schedule.”
Portakabin designers worked with the school and Technogym to develop a plan for the unique facility. It was the first time this type of combined amenity had been installed in a Portakabin building, so close collaboration at the outset was essential to ensure the designs fulfilled all of the school’s requirements.
The approved design comprised three large Portakabin Titan buildings, the largest self-contained portable buildings available in Europe. By linking these three spacious buildings together, all elements of the Wellness Centre could be accommodated in a single integrated facility. For the gym area, Portakabin had to incorporate enhanced ventilation and a reinforced floor, to support the heavy fitness equipment that would be installed. Portakabin also supplied a climate-control system to regulate the temperature in all areas of the building.