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Case Study - Rhyl High School

Organisation : Rhyl High School

Application : Education Buildings

Product : Duplex, Classrooms

Location : Rhyl

Requirement :

When a fire destroyed a large teaching block at Rhyl High School during the summer holidays, the school faced a huge challenge in getting facilities up and running for the start of the new term. The 23 classrooms in the block suffered extensive fire and smoke damage, and the building was deemed to be structurally unsafe.

Denbighshire County Council had insured the school buildings through Zurich Municipal, whose approved modular building supplier is Portakabin. At the same time, the manager of the local Portakabin Deeside Hire Centre heard about the fire, and visited the site the following day to see how Portakabin could help.

Solution :

Specially designed Portakabin double classroom buildings were chosen as the perfect solution. Each building contains two spacious, bright and well-equipped classrooms, a sizeable cloakroom and a large storeroom– providing an environment tailor made for teaching and learning. The quality of the buildings is backed up by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that buildings will always be delivered on time and on budget – and if the company ever fails to meet the contract start date, it pledges to offer a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Eleven of these buildings were ordered to replace the devastated classrooms. Once the foundations were in place, Portakabin began installing the buildings at a rate of two per day. Three Portaloo toilet blocks were also installed in place of those in the fire-damaged building, as well as a Portastor storage unit and temporary trackway to provide access.

Each classroom was fitted out to the highest standards with heating, motion-detection lighting, security locks and security lighting. Access ramps were provided to four of the buildings, giving disabled access to eight classrooms – matching the access provision in the original building.

The school was able to reopen just one week into the term, with complete new facilities in place. The new classrooms have proved popular with staff and pupils alike, and are used to teach English, RE, History, Art, Geography, Media Studies and Business Studies.

Deputy Headteacher and Site Manager Keith Jones, says: “We have all been impressed by the excellent quality of the buildings. They are very well insulated and provide a high standard of teaching accommodation. Staff have been very happy to teach in them, and we are delighted to see that the pupils have really taken to their new classrooms.

“The buildings are well designed, with valuable extra details that are important for schools, such as external skirting to prevent access underneath. We are confident that these classrooms will provide first-class facilities until we can get our damaged teaching block rebuilt.

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