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Carr Manor School Case Study

Demountable Classrooms: Leeds City Council Case Study

Organisation : Leeds City Council

Application : Education

Location : Leeds

Requirement :

To help address the rapid growth in demand for primary school place provision in the area Leeds City Council needed to build a new primary school to provide accommodation for 210 children. 

The new primary school would form part of Carr Manor Community School making it one of only two ‘through’ schools in Leeds, taking children right through their school days from the age of 4 to 18.

Solution :

The £3m purpose-designed building was successfully delivered by Portakabin on time and on budget after only six months on site, in time for the start of the new academic year. 

The primary school has a bright and contemporary design which reflects the architectural features of the adjacent secondary school, creating a distinctive campus feel for the site. 

Harry Rayat, Operations Manager at CarrManorCommunitySchool, said, “The new school is just fantastic.  The modular approach allowed us to achieve a tight deadline for the start of the new academic year when we had to provide additional reception places.”

He added, “We have been very impressed with the speed and quality of construction.  Portakabin clearly understands our sector and was very professional throughout. This was a challenging site but their team worked extremely hard and repeatedly went above and beyond to overcome any unforeseen site issues.  This really is a first class building and a credit to the design and delivery teams.” 

Facilities include seven classrooms each with a sheltered outdoor play space, a sports and dining hall, reception area and foyer, hygiene room with hoist, special educational needs room, catering kitchen, offices, staff room, library, and food and science technology room. Trees have been retained on the site and green areas extended allowing the school to develop outdoor classrooms. 

The scale and shape of the building features details such as an inclined roof and a palette of colours for the façades that reflect the design of the secondary school.  Large picture windows ensure high levels of natural light and allow views over the adjacent field, and opening roof lights naturally ventilate other areas of the building.

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