Two-storey classroom complex completed in just 12 weeks... Archbishop Holgate's School in York

Archbishop Holgate’s School in York required a new building to accommodate an additional 230 pupils following a reorganisation of secondary school provision in the area and to address the significant growth in the local school population.

Working with consultants, LHL Group, the school chose a two-storey modular building from Portakabin Group using the advanced Portakabin Design and Build solution.

John Stone, School Manager, explains: “Speed of construction was a critical factor in our decision to use the off-site approach. The tight deadline we had for completion just wasn’t achievable with site-based construction, which could have taken up to two years. We needed to achieve the balance between cost, quality and time. Having visited the Portakabin production centre and a recently completed project, we were really impressed with the high-quality finish.”

Off-site construction allowed the building to be delivered during term time, with much less disruption to the day-to-day running of the school than would have been caused by a traditional site-based building project.

“We now have a fantastic learning environment and our staff and students are absolutely delighted with the facility. I would wholeheartedly recommend a Portakabin Design and Build solution to other schools, particularly those needing to urgently address a shortfall in places. We have already had a number of visits from other schools wanting to see our superb teaching facilities at first hand, and they, too, have been very impressed.”

John Stone, School Manager, Archbishop Holgate’s School

The steel-framed Portakabin Design and Build modules were delivered with building services and internal partitioning already in place and were installed in just three days. The project was handed over just 12 weeks after the modules arrived on site.

The building was designed to create a bold statement and to reflect the contemporary appearance of existing school buildings. Architectural features included an overhanging pitched roof for the entrance canopy, full-height glazing to the front elevation and an external façade in the school’s distinctive corporate colours. Multi-coloured infills to the lower sections of the windows added further interest and created a strong identity.

The building incorporates a dance and drama studio, 11 classrooms, IT suite, offices, a reception, staff room, toilets and a lift with disabled access.

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