Two storey modular teaching block
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Two storey modular teaching block

New college building for additional capacity

Organisation : St John Rigby College

Building Use : Education

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Orrell, Wigan

Requirement :

St John Rigby College is a Catholic sixth form college in the Orrell district of Wigan. It received funding to improve facilities but both site-based construction and new modular building could not provide the additional capacity needed for the available budget.

Solution :

Portakabin (Refurbished) was appointed to build the new teaching block, and the use of refurbished building modules allowed the college to benefit from a larger building and more classrooms for the available budget.

The two-storey scheme, which provides 11 classrooms for social sciences and two IT suites, was craned into position in just three days during school holidays, minimising any disruption to the college. The modular solution reduced the programme time to just 30 weeks, enabling the tight deadline for its funding requirements to be met.

The building features brise soleil sun shading, a canopy over the main entrance, timber cladding, and a contrasting white finish for a crisp and contemporary appearance. 

The college’s facilities include high specification science laboratories and art studios, and one of the largest synthetic playing surfaces in the country. 

Extensive Experience in the Education Sector

Portakabin (Refurbished) has extensive experience in providing high quality accommodation to primary and secondary schools, further education and sixth form colleges, and universities. It offers a wide range of modular building solutions, from interim classrooms for short-term use to fully refurbished teaching blocks and extensions to existing schemes.

The Portakabin (Refurbished) approach will reduce build programmes by up to 70 per cent compared to site-based construction, allowing schools and colleges to meet urgent place planning issues and deadlines for funding. 

In order to meet individual project requirements and budgets, the buildings can be supplied decorated or fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, mechanical and electrical services, doors, flooring, and cladding.

Other advantages of refurbished Portakabin buildings include:

  • Strong sustainability credentials – because the steel structure is recycled, it is highly sustainable and will improve a building’s carbon footprint
  • A highly cost-effective alternative to new build and new manufacture
  • Ease of expansion, reconfiguring or removal for complete flexibility should local requirements change
  • Off-site working is maximised for safer, quieter and cleaner sites and reduced disruption to teaching during construction  
  • Robust steel-framed modular buildings that are built to last and ideal for demanding education environments
  • Fewer ground works are required than for site-based construction – further reducing cost, disruption and programme times.

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