This article follows on from our the previous article 2012: A Retrospective (Part 1) in which we take a look back throughout our 40-year anniversary celebrations in 2012.
In the midst of the Olympics fever that gripped the nation in 2012 we also came under the gaze of the Government top brass, as the Wildlife Minister MP Richard Benyon officially opened the new modular build angling facility at Walthamstow Fisheries. One of three similar projects recently completed by MPH for Thames Water plc, the unit was opened prior to the commencement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, falling under the wider remit of the official provider’s legacy and regeneration scheme.
The minister declared the flagship education centre: “An inspirational project that deserves the highest praise”.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, added:
“There is no doubt that Thames Water is creating a first rate community facility for youngsters and other newcomers to the sport of angling.”
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“I would like to express my gratitude to you and your company for the installation of three mobiles and the relocation of a fourth one as part of a rebuild process of our school. It was a massive undertaking to be carried out in an ever-shrinking timescale and it is to the credit of all concerned that it was completed on time and to a high standard. We have been told, and entirely agree, that if it had been an event in the Olympics it would have meant a further gold medal for Team GB (Building Works!).”
Appointed by Hillingdon Borough Council following a successful competitive tender bid submission, we supplied a total of six classrooms, configured as three double mobile classrooms, within an extremely truncated build programme during the summer term holidays. The works package included the design, supply and installation of the classrooms, groundworks including foundation sub-structure, drainage and external access steps and ramps, plus relocating an existing classroom building within the school site. All project timescales were fully adhered to, meeting all our targets for handover prior to the commencement of the new school year. Throughout the project we liaised with Hillingdon Building Control, demonstrating full compliance with all requirements, whilst site management was in place to fully oversee the project from initial site works to completion.
In addition we completed a similar portable building double classroom project on behalf of the council at nearby Hermitage Primary School. At the conclusion of the works, Jean Palmer, Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate Director at London Borough of Hillingdon sent a letter in recognition of our efforts:
“I am writing to thank you on behalf of the Council for the very excellent effort your company put in to complete works at Hermitage and Rabbsfarm Primary Schools so that there would be accommodation for all our Primary School Children. Hillingdon managed to open all its additional classrooms on time, thanks in part to your company’s input and professionalism.”
At Kilby St Mary’s School, a star from the world of rugby was on hand to officially open the new MPH modular building. Leicester Tigers player Matt Cornwell performed the ribbon cutting duties to celebrate the opening of the new classroom, as a plaque was unveiled and a special assembly held.
The new classroom was urgently required to address a rise in pupil numbers, as school governor Lesley Clarke explains:
“The children absolutely love the new classroom, which will be for 24 children in class four at the school. We have 84 children at the school now and we had been using the school hall for lessons because there wasn’t room for everyone.”
Featuring natural brick faced external walls and a pitched roof designed to meet the stringent demands of the local planning office and dovetail seamlessly with the existing school architecture, the swift arrival and installation of the modular building caused a stir of great excitement amongst the watching children who recorded their experiences of ‘The day our new classroom arrived!’ in written stories as part of a class project.
One of the children, Tilly, recalled:
“We were all buzzing with excitement when suddenly … there it was! The first extraordinary part of the classroom arrived, making a huge and impressive entrance. By now everyone was cheering and clapping their hands like they had never done before.
We had only been cheering for about one minute when the next part came down.
The builders guided it gently until it was perfectly in place. Everyone was standing up and applauding the new classroom now. But there was more to come – the third classroom part arrived. Wow, what an experience!
We entered the classroom and it looked amazing. It had modern walls, lovely cabinets and the toilets, that did look rather small, were good too. It was so amazing and it had only taken a few weeks to change it. It is the best classroom in the school.”
In another story, Charlotte described the installation process:
“Watching the builders connect all three parts together was awesome. It was like using glue and coloured paper to make a picture.”
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