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Royal High School of Edinburgh

Organisation : City of Edinburgh Council

Application : Education

Product : Classrooms

Location : Edinburgh

Requirement :

When the Royal High School of Edinburgh had to be closed for urgent remedial building works to be carried, the City of Edinburgh Council had just four days to provide classrooms to enable 480 children to resume their studies.

Solution :

The local Portakabin Hire Centre team in Edinburgh provided an exceptionally fast response to help the school and the Council minimise any disruption to the children’s education.

Portakabin assessors were on site within half an hour of the initial enquiry to carry out the site survey. Sixteen buildings for high quality classrooms were then sourced, installed and ready for occupation just four days later.

Working through the weekend and late into the night, the project involved transporting each building to the school, and putting in place external power connections to generators, emergency lighting, fire alarms and extinguishers, and access steps and ramps.

Avoiding the Need for Pupils to be Displaced

The Portakabin building solution allowed the school to re-open and most importantly, with all children at the Royal High School on their original site. This avoided the need for any displacement which would have been very disruptive to the running of the school and the children’s education.

The Council’s Perspective

Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council said, “I am delighted that Portakabin was able to meet our requirements at such short notice, particularly given the scale of the project – getting 16 buildings ready for the pupils in just four days is no mean feat!”

“We have received only positive feedback from the school about the quality of the classrooms and could not have asked for a better service.”

The School’s Perspective

Pauline Walker, Head Teacher at the Royal High School said, “We cannot believe what was achieved in the timescale. The experience has completely changed our perception of interim modular buildings. The quality of the classrooms far exceeded our expectations and the teaching facilities are completely different to the temporary accommodation we had to endure as children.”

“The site team could not have done more to get our school up and running again. Portakabin was on site within half an hour of the initial call and their performance was exceptional. We also have the impression that their team really enjoys a challenge!”

“Being able to have all the children in one location has made a huge difference to the running of the school. This is a really good solution which delivered robust, comfortable and secure classrooms. We would definitely recommend the approach to other schools in a similar situation.”

Following the success of the Royal High School project, Portakabin delivered a further scheme for City of Edinburgh Council while remediation works and quality checks were completed at Gracemount High School. Eight buildings were installed over a weekend to provide welfare and dining facilities for 260 children.

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