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Organisation : York Minster

Product : Toilet Blocks

Location : York

Requirement :

As part of its ongoing programme of renovation, York Minster needed to refurbish its Chapter House; an annexe to the main cathedral that houses public and staff toilets. All of these facilities needed to be replicated in interim accommodation for up to eight months during the renovation work. The Minster’s top priority was to minimise disruption to visitors over the busy summer season.

Solution :

Jim Boothroyd from project managers Gardiner & Theobold, says: “The requirement was put out to tender by main contractor William Anelay. Portaloo was selected because its proposal matched the tender criteria and provided the best commercial offer. Its buildings met the quality levels required for this prestigious project, which needed to uphold the Minster’s high standards.”

Portaloo worked with William Anelay to devise a plan for the interim buildings that exactly duplicated the facilities in the Chapter House. One special requirement was that the buildings had to be positioned on a 1.4m-high scaffold base, principally to provide level access directly from a door in the Minster wall, but also to protect the archaeologically sensitive ground adjacent to the Minster.

Portaloo specialises in adapting its buildings for unusual locations, and was able to provide all the necessary scaffolding for this project. The installation itself was particularly challenging as the buildings had to be craned into position over hallowed ground on a restricted site, very close to the historically important cathedral. Temporary trackways were laid to enable delivery lorries to get as close as possible to the site without damaging grassed areas.

Jim adds: “Portaloo did a great job of sensitively installing the buildings, craning them into place very carefully. The installation was completed on schedule with no hitches. Everyone is very pleased with the interim ‘facilities’ that have been created here.”

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