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Temporary Classrooms

A temporary classroom is a type of portable, modular building installed at a school to quickly provide some additional classroom space where there is a shortage of capacity. These buildings are designed to be a safe, comfortable and productive environment for both pupils and teachers.

Flexibility and adaptability

Thanks to their modular structure, these portable classroom buildings are easy to expand upwards with a multi-storey structure, adding up to four storeys, and outwards with multiple layout options and unlimited floor area, depending on the requirements.

These portable classrooms are designed to be relocatable and can be removed once the temporary classroom capacity improves, however, with multiple design options and durable structure, they can be a permanent addition for a school.

The units can be constructed to accommodate any size of classroom. They are available to hire or buy and can be delivered and ready to use in days, in order to meet even the most urgent requests with minimal disruption to your school.

A sample layout for a double classroom block, incorporates two large classrooms, a central cloakroom and toilet. With generous 64m2, these classrooms are considerably larger than average and exceed Department for Education (DfE) guidelines on classroom size.

Visualisation of a temporary classroom building with kids entering

Security, comfort and appearance

These portable classroom buildings are a perfect solution to meet additional classroom space requirements:

  • Tailored for the educational sector, ensuring good ventilation and plenty of natural light to boost concentration levels and encourage effective learning.
  • Safety features fitted as standard - including finger guards on doors and low surface temperature electric heaters.
  • Well insulated and fitted with PIR lighting - for enhanced energy efficiency. They are also installed to HSE guidelines - for enhanced child safety.
  • Designed to meet the requirements of Part M, DDA and SENDA regulations.
  • Come in a standard cream (Honesty) exterior colour, in order to blend in with the surroundings.

The temporary classrooms can also be customised with a range of optional extras available, including everything from air-conditioning and security alarm systems to ramps, canopies and exterior cladding.


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“We are very happy with the quality of the building, which has exceeded most people’s expectations and provides an excellent teaching environment. Staff are delighted with their new building and students have taken to it very well. In fact, staff who were initially not very impressed with the idea of teaching in temporary accommodation would now be very unhappy if we asked them to move.”

Timothy Pratt, Headteacher

“This is a really good solution which has delivered robust, comfortable and secure classrooms.”

Head Teacher at the Royal High School


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