Off site construction of new school building and community space
This rural primary school had recently been converted to an academy and required an additional building using off site construction methods. With growing pupil numbers, the school was looking to improve its existing facilities. As well as creating additional modular classroom space, the school saw an opportunity to generate extra revenue. The design included a community space that can be hired out to local organisations.
Modular off-site construction allows us to work to short timescales because we complete most of the work in advance at our manufacturing site. This improves time efficiency, reduces cost and keeps site disruption to an absolute minimum. In this case, the prefabricated buildings arrived on-site in mid-October. And the new facility was then ready for hand-over to the school before the Christmas period (approximately 6 weeks). This ensured there was no disruption to teaching, and minimal health and safety provisions were required.
Off site build delivers innovative design and timely delivery
Working alongside skilled architects, the team at MPH Building Systems created a practical yet stunning design. The exterior appearance is a far cry from traditional temporary school buildings. The first-floor timber cladding blends beautifully with the rural location and is durable and sustainably sourced.
The new modular school building is split into two, separated by a first-floor balcony. One side contains classrooms, a staff room and toilets for students. The area for community use is made up of training facilities, office space and a library. The balcony acts as a viewing platform for sports events held on the playing fields. It can be used for outdoor teaching during the summer and provides a covered playground area underneath.
To add to the modern appearance, we used stylish and energy-efficient thermal cladding to the ground floor of the building. The building design allows for a large amount of natural light. We included acoustic ceiling rafts and wall murals to create a comfortable and engaging atmosphere for learning. The children at this school, Whissendine CE Primary School, have christened the new building “The Barn” and are delighted with their new classroom space.