With pupil numbers reaching capacity and a new requirement to teach Food Technology, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School needed to expand its facilities with a new dining area, additional Science laboratories and a Food Technology room. The extra facilities had to be in place for the start of the academic year, so the school set about finding a suitable supplier to deliver the quality of buildings it needed.Solution :
The school’s Site, Premises and Project Manager, Martin Silvester, says: “We had hired Portakabin buildings in the past and, of the suppliers we approached, they were the only one that invited us to visit their Hire Centre to see the quality of buildings for ourselves. We were impressed by the standard of buildings we saw and, from past experience, we knew that Portakabin always lived up to its promises. In addition, they assured us that they could meet our early September deadline.”
Portakabin drew up plans for a two-storey modular building, featuring a large open-plan dining area on the ground floor, which could also double up as an exam hall when required. Upstairs were two fully equipped Science laboratories and the spacious new Food Technology teaching room. The building was connected to the main school building at first-floor level by a walkway, so it would be fully integrated with the rest of the school.
Because the Science classrooms were designated as ‘hazardous areas’ and because the new building would be located adjacent to an existing highly glazed building, Portakabin upgraded the specification of one elevation of its building to meet the necessary fire regulations.
To minimise disruption to pupils, the building modules were delivered at the start of the summer holidays, with delivery lorries carefully negotiating the tight site access. Once the building was installed, Portakabin managed the entire building fit-out over the next six weeks. This involved fully equipping the Science laboratories with everything from gas taps to chemical disposal sinks, and installing all necessary equipment for the Food Technology room.
Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop solution, which included fire and security alarm systems, data communications cabling and all access ramps and steps for full Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliance. The project was completed exactly on schedule, in time for the pupils’ return in September.
The unique Portakabin Customer Charter assures all customers of such on-time, on-budget project completions. The charter even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to deliver on time, the company will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*
Martin adds: “Portakabin handled the installation and fitting out of the new building, which all ran to schedule. Everything was done when they said it would be, and we were very happy with the service provided by the Hire Centre team. And because the building is on hire, I know that if there are ever any problems or maintenance requirements, I can call Portakabin and quickly get the issue resolved.”
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