Recycled modular buildings for Power Station outage activities
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Power station maintenance - offices, first aid room, kitchen, changing rooms

New control building and security centre

Organisation : Eggborough Power

Building Use : Utilities, Offices

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Eggborough, Goole

Requirement :

A recycled modular building was selected by Eggborough Power Station to provide a new Outage Control Centre. The project follows Portakabin (Refurbished)' earlier completion of a security centre on the Eggborough site.

The control centre is used to manage the station's outage activities and provides the project office for co-ordinating all safety requirements in connection with these major maintenance projects.

Solution :

The purpose-designed facility was supplied by Portakabin (Refurbished) Relocatable Building Systems in just 10 weeks from receipt of order to handover, ready for the start of the power station's intensive maintenance season.

The centre near Goole comprises eight fully refurbished pre-owned building modules, and provides a range of facilities:

  • a fully equipped first aid room
  • offices and meeting rooms
  • shower and changing areas
  • reception
  • industrial kitchen

It has also been designed for future expansion, to meet the power station's changing needs.

Strong Environmental Benefits of the Approach

The use of recycled modular buildings is one of the most environmentally sound methods of construction. It generates less than 10 per cent of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3 per cent of the energy during construction, compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size (source: MPBA/Arup).

The approach is also highly thermally efficient. In England, tests for air permeability on pre-owned modular buildings are not compulsory. However, in independent tests, Portakabin (Refurbished) recycled modular buildings have performed up to 80 per cent better than Building Regulations requirements. This means reduced energy consumption, and lower running costs and carbon emissions.

"The recycling and refurbishment of modular buildings is a faster and more cost-effective solution for us than new build or new manufacture. It was also a much more practical alternative to have this permanent facility, rather than bring in temporary accommodation every season. The speed of delivery was critical for the project, in order to have the new control centre up and running before the start of our intensive maintenance season."

"Portakabin (Refurbished) had previously delivered successfully on this site, which gave us further confidence that the new facility would be completed on time. The building has worked well for the outage projects, providing a focal point for all outage-related activities. The layout is good and it will be able to accommodate future changes of use. The new kitchen facility proved to be a huge success providing hot take-away meals for the hundreds of staff working on the outage programme."

Tony Murphy, Outage Manager at Eggborough Power Station

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