When Royal Russell School, a leading independent school, identified a need to increase its toilet provision for nursery children, it found there was insufficient space available to extend the current facilities. Instead, the school decided to convert the existing toilets into a storage room and purchase a modular toilet building that could be connected by a link corridor to the main school building. Royal Russell places great importance on quality of design and construction and these were important in the selection of a suitable modular building.Solution :
Paul Barlow, Bursar at Royal Russell School, says: “I had experienced the quality of Portakabin buildings for myself at a recent exhibition. It’s only when you get inside that you appreciate how substantial and well constructed Portakabin buildings are. I also knew that Portakabin offered specially adapted nursery school buildings, so I was confident in their ability to create a toilet facility for our youngest pupils.”
Portakabin designed a layout for a young children’s toilet facility inside one of its premium-quality, energy-efficient Solus buildings. The interior features low-level sinks and toilets, with half-height cubicle doors and partitions to enable teacher supervision, as well as a disabled persons’ toilet. The colourful purple and blue interior is designed to create a welcoming, cheerful and calming atmosphere for young children.
The intended location for the new toilet building was a sloping bank to the rear of the nursery. That meant substantial, elevated foundations and a linking corridor had to be constructed to provide level access from the school. The Portakabin building was then craned into position on the raised foundation slab.
Paul adds: “The service from Portakabin was excellent. There were delays with the foundation construction and Portakabin very kindly held the building for us for three weeks until our contractors had completed the work. The building was then installed expertly by Portakabin during the school holidays. The installation could not have gone better, and was completed on time, ready for the start of term.”
“The nursery staff are truly delighted with the new toilets. They love the spacious interior, the half-height doors and the quality of the finishes. Great credit should go to Portakabin for the service they provided, which included a much-appreciated follow up visit from the area manager after hand over. We are totally happy with the whole Portakabin experience.”