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Portable Facilities: Wolverhampton University Case Study

Organisation : University of Wolverhampton

Location : Wolverhampton

Requirement :

Increasing numbers of international students, particularly from Saudi Arabia, meant that the University of Wolverhampton needed to expand its prayer room and multi-faith ablution facilities. An existing building was converted into an interim prayer room until a permanent solution could be developed, but adjoining Wudu washrooms were needed to complete the facilities.

Solution :

Paul Davis, Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, says: “Demand for these new amenities was growing all the time, so we needed to act fast to get ablution facilities in place for the start of the new academic year. I did some research and spoke to other universities who’d had similar requirements, and discovered that Portaloo offered a specially designed Wudu washroom building. It offered an ‘off the peg’ solution for our needs, and seemed to be the only portable building of its kind available.”

Portaloo listened to the university’s requirements and came up with a design for an ablution facility incorporating two of its Purity buildings, each fitted out with hygienic, easy-to-clean individual washing stations. The separate male and female units were also fitted with integral Equality Act 2010 compliant disabled access toilets. The buildings were connected to the new prayer room by link corridors, supplied and installed by Portaloo.

Paul continues: “Portaloo were extremely helpful from the outset, supplying all the drawings we needed for our planning permission application very promptly. By the time permission was granted we had just one month left to get the facilities installed before the start of term. We met Portaloo to discuss logistics and they immediately got to work.”

Portaloo prepared the groundworks, service connections and other on-site infrastructure, at the same time as the Purity units were being prepared and fitted out at its nearby Hire Centre.

Paul adds: “Having a Portaloo depot so close by was really beneficial. We were able to take various stakeholders along to see the units before they were delivered, giving them a chance to request any minor tweaks before the buildings were installed.”

The buildings were delivered, installed and connected right on schedule, during August, ensuring there was minimal disruption to students or staff.

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