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Case Study - The Crest Girls Academy

Organisation : The Crest Girls Academy

Application : Education Buildings


Location : Neasden, London

Requirement :

In pupil surveys at The Crest Girls’ Academy, the one facility the girls overwhelmingly wanted to have was a Food Technology classroom. The school had been without food rooms for a number of years, but with the Government’s renewed focus on teaching cookery via its ‘Licence to Cook’ programme, it was imperative to get new facilities in place. The school applied for and was awarded a large sum in funding from the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) for a new Food Technology classroom, and set about finding a supplier that could provide the very best facilities available.

Solution :

Assistant Principal, Ross McGill, says: “We wanted to use our funding to get the highest possible standard of Food Technology teaching space and create a state-of-the-art cookery centre that would be a real asset to the new academy for generations to come. It was the reputation of Portakabin and my experience of working with them in the past that made me turn to them first. We trusted Portakabin to supply the highest quality building for our new Food Technology suite – and they didn’t let us down.”

Portakabin teamed up with catering solutions specialist, Space Catering, to devise a complete solution for the new food classroom. Portakabin specified its large, spacious Titan Building System to create the open-plan, bright and airy classroom required, while Space Catering planned the layout of the room and the equipment needed to fulfil the demands of all areas of the food curriculum, for all ages.

Portakabin offered a complete one-stop-shop solution, handling the planning application for the building, followed by all groundworks, building installation and connection to water, waste and electrical services. Portakabin even installed air conditioning and mechanical ventilation systems to keep the working environment comfortable and fresh, all year round. The building itself comprises a vast open-plan classroom area, dry and wet store rooms and an office.

To avoid disruption to pupils, the building had to be installed during the Easter holidays. Portakabin delivered the modules right on schedule and immediately set about installing the building on site. Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter which promises all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even promises that if the company ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.* The building at The Crest Girls’ Academy was successfully completed within the allocated three-week window of opportunity.

Richard Tydda, Site Premises Manager at the school, says: “The new building went in beautifully. It was a joy to watch the speed, efficiency and sheer professionalism of the Portakabin crew, who were superb. It was a fantastic installation that went without a hitch, and I’d have no possible qualms about recommending Portakabin to anyone else.”

Once the building was in place, Space Catering fitted it out with separate work and cooking stations to enable up to 27 pupils to train at any one time.

Ross McGill adds: “This is a fabulous new facility for The Crest Girls’ Academy which will enable us to provide outstanding Food Technology lessons for our very diverse pupil population, as well as for the local community. It’s incredible that such an exemplary building was finished in such a short space of time, and the amenities it provides are second to none. I’m sure it will prove hugely popular with pupils and teachers alike – we can’t wait to start teaching in it.”


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