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Portakabin to build long-awaited £7.5m new school development for Priory Fields


The two-storey modular building will replace the current building and provide new hard play and nature area for students

Ground works are set to start this month with manufacturing of the new school beginning in February 2018 at the Portakabin facility in York.

Priory Fields School has been waiting almost four years for a new-build solution to its complex, hill-side site. The school forms an important part of Dover’s community and the new school has been long awaited by teachers, pupils and parents alike.

Modular expert Portakabin has been appointed by the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) to engineer and design a purpose built, two-form entry school, to replace the multi-level building currently in situ on Astor Avenue.

Up to 16,000m³ of chalk will be excavated in order to house the new, fully DDA compliant building. As well as general classrooms and office space, there will also be a double height, multi-purpose modular hall, the latest in innovative building design from Portakabin.

Cranage of the 44 modules will begin at Easter with handover of the building due in September 2018.

Andrew Simpkin, Head of Project Delivery at Portakabin said: “We’re delighted to be able to help Priory Fields realise the school they have always wanted. We’re working closely with the school and the local community to ensure we get the most opportunity out of this challenging site and our permanent solution will be delivered within the next year.”

Anne Siggins, Executive Head Teacher at Priory Fields said: “We are thrilled that work has finally got underway for our new school. It has been a long wait but we know that it will have been worth it when we move in next September.  The children are very excited with the whole project and are enjoying seeing the cranes, bulldozers and lorries arrive at the site. We are hoping to use this opportunity to extend learning and for children to be involved in the project from beginning to end. It has been such an exciting opportunity to be able to be involved in the design of our new school and to have the opportunity to see it day-to-day becoming a reality.”

The rebuild is part of the Government’s £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country.

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