Asquith Primary School
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Asquith Primary School

Organisation : Asquith Primary School

Application : Education


Location : Leeds

Requirement :

Opened in 2002, Asquith Primary School in Leeds was built under the Private Finance Initiative and is managed for Leeds City Council by Carillion. An extension was required to provide more than 200 additional places, helping to meet the increasing demand for primary education in the city. A Key Stage Two extension would increase capacity and allow the school to move to two forms of entry.

The project was part of an ongoing, city-wide schools expansion programme. The rise in birth rates, the number of people moving to Leeds, and the level of new housing significantly increased the pressure on education provision.

Solution :

The scheme at Asquith Primary School was delivered by the Portakabin Group after just 18 weeks on site using a Yorkon off-site solution – reducing the programme by at least five months to the benefit of the school.

Much of the two-storey building was fitted out off site at the Group’s production centre in York to minimise any disruption to teaching and to radically reduce the programme time. It was delivered to site with all M&E services, toilets, doors and partitions already pre-installed.

The location for the new facility was very constrained and a temporary road had to be constructed to make way for the crane and installation of the building modules. The cranage phase was carried out over a weekend to ensure no interruption to the running of the school.

Externally, the facility is finished in white and grey with green rendered panels to add interest to the façades, white render and brickwork to the lower levels, and a double height glazed entrance. Large picture windows allow lots of natural light into the classrooms, creating a positive learning environment.

“We love the design of the building. The rooms are light and airy and the break-out space provides an excellent learning area. The large windows have created a bright and stimulating environment for children. We can’t praise Portakabin enough.”

“We would highly recommend the Portakabin Group and the Yorkon solution to others in the education sector and particularly for challenging PFI projects such as this. This was a fantastic contractor to work with. The whole process has been extremely quick, smooth and easy from start to finish.”

Gillian Austerfield, Head Teacher, Asquith Primary School



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