South Beach First School identified a need to improve the provision of education for pre-school children in the area. Following a feasibility study, the school’s governing body decided to build a brand new nursery and out-of-hours facility on the school site. Money to fund the project was raised through grants and fundraising activities.Solution :
Headteacher Liz Clubs, says: “We decided to invest in a modular-style building, rather than a traditional structure, partly because the school was likely to be refurbished or rebuilt in the coming years, and a modular building would give us the flexibility to relocate it if necessary.
The school and Portakabin worked closely together to design a bespoke building that fulfilled the requirements of both nursery children and after-school clubs. The school chose Portakabin Titan buildings for its new nursery. These are the largest single relocatable buildings in Europe, providing spacious, robust accommodation.
The nursery designed by Portakabin incorporated a Titan Building System modular building and two individual Titan buildings, linked to form a large U-shaped complex.
The school ordered the building in May, and was assured by Portakabin that it would be completed by the end of August, in time for the start of the new term. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty, free of charge.*
The building was delivered during the school holidays and was fully fitted out by Portakabin in just three weeks. The completed building incorporates a large open-plan nursery room, offices, a kitchen, a smaller nursery room, a large storage area, and toilets for disabled and nursery-age children, as well as for the older children.
Liz adds: “The service from Portakabin was excellent. They kept us fully informed and involved throughout the process, and have since been back to put in a partition to create a new room for us.
“We started with 20 children in the nursery, and that number has already grown to 44. This will extend to 56 next term and we expect to take 88 children next year. These figures are a testament to the success of the new building and its popularity with local people.”