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Teaching Facilities for Academy

Organisation : The Piggott School

Building Use : Education

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Reading

Requirement :

New teaching facilities were required at The Piggott School, an OfSTED outstanding academy in Reading, following the success of an earlier Portakabin (Refurbished) contract to construct a sixth form centre.

The purpose-designed building would improve specialist teaching facilities for pupils, and particularly the classrooms for mathematics which had previously been split over two separate parts of the school. 

The project had to be complete to a challenging timescale, ready for the start of the new academic year as it was replacing a number of temporary classrooms.

Solution :


Portakabin (Refurbished) constructed the building from refurbished steel-framed modules and handed it over after just six weeks on site. The use of a recycled modular building allowed the scheme to be constructed during school holidays and reduced the programme by around 70 per cent compared to traditional site-based building methods.

The two-storey scheme was constructed from 44 refurbished modules which were reconfigured to create eight classrooms, a science laboratory, office accommodation, beverage point, disabled access lift, PE changing rooms, and a fitness suite which the community can use outside of school hours.

 A Purpose-designed and Flexible Teaching Environment  

Externally, the teaching block was designed to replicate the sixth form centre in line with school’s specific requirements. It has a blue and white colour scheme with The Piggott School emblem featured on one elevation, timber cladding, brise soleil and a canopy over the entrance.

The modules were delivered to site around 70 per cent complete with wall linings, partitions, M&E services, doors, and windows already in place. 

Portakabin (Refurbished) also installed a folding wall between two classrooms which has created a more flexible teaching environment that can be opened out for examinations or large group activities. 

“We were very impressed with the delivery of our earlier sixth form building and have a great relationship with the company, so Portakabin (Refurbished) was a logical choice for our next scheme.” 

“As a school, we are very passionate about the environment and it really appealed to us that Portakabin (Refurbished) buildings are a highly sustainable alternative to new build because the steel structure is recycled.  I am delighted to report that the building work did not impact on the day-to-day running of the school at all and that it was delivered on time and on budget – a key requirement for us.  The finished scheme has been really well received by staff and students and the fitness centre is being highly used and valued by the local community.” 

Nadine Doble, Business Manager, The Piggott School 

High Quality Teaching Accommodation to Meet the Demand for School Places

Portakabin (Refurbished) has extensive experience in the provision of high quality accommodation to primary and secondary schools, further education and sixth form colleges, and universities.  It offers a wide variety of modular building solutions to help meet the increasing and urgent demand for school places, from interim classrooms for short-term use to fully refurbished teaching blocks and extensions to existing school buildings.

The refurbishment and recycling of relocatable buildings is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of construction – helping to reduce carbon emissions, waste sent to landfill, and improving a building’s carbon footprint, with no compromise on quality.

"My working environment has been transformed! Large airy classrooms with state of the art equipment what more could a teacher want. There is no doubt that with these facilities students in our 6th Form will continue to achieve excellence."

Kate Burch, Teacher at The Piggott School


“As a school, we are very passionate about the environment and it really appealed to us that Portakabin (Refurbished) buildings are a highly sustainable alternative to new build because the steel structure is recycled.  I am delighted to report that the building work did not impact on the day-to-day running of the school at all and that it was delivered on time and on budget – a key requirement for us.  The finished scheme has been really well received by staff and students and the fitness centre is being highly used and valued by the local community.”

Nadine Doble, Business Manager at The Piggott School



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