Modular Buildings for Education

Module-AR have a successful track record for delivering a wide range of ‘fast track’ Educational Modular Buildings ranging from general teaching classrooms to specialist learning environments, such as Food Technology Classrooms, Art Rooms, IT Suites, Music Rooms and Dance Studios. The facilities we provide are modern, flexible and are designed to cater for varying specifications and budget constraints that comply with:

  • BIM Level 2
  • Educational Building Bulletins.
  • Secured by Design.
  • ‘BREEAM’ Excellent.
  • Surpasses the thermal requirements of current Building Regulations.

We have gained many years’ experience working not only with schools and academies, but also with colleges and universities across the UK in need of increased learning spaces. Whether it be rooms for tutorials, industrial workshops or fitness suites; the knowledge and experience commanded by our team for over 60 years means that we are one of the leading advisors and implementers of both purpose built permanent and temporary buildings for educational needs.

Education Case Studies

Woodhill Primary School - Woolwich

Woodhill Primary School - Woolwich

  • Client - Royal Borough of Greenwich Council
  • Project size - 904m²
  • 9 classroom block
  • Traditional Brickwork cladding
  • Completion - 20 weeks

Module-AR Limited secured the contract to design, manufacture and install a brand new 3 storey modular building for Woodhill Primary School to accommodate Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. The Building Bulletin Compliant BB101 & BB93 structure was manufactured utilising our AR4000 steel framed structure which has a lifespan of 50 years and is capable of being stacked up to three stories high - as this project is.

Each floor houses a different school year, with reception on the ground floor, allowing direct access to external play areas, Year 1 on the first floor and Year 2 on the second floor. They each feature 3 No. 56m² classrooms with hat & coat pegs, dedicated wet areas, storage facilities with sliding doors and Smartshade blinds for use with the interactive whiteboards. A large lobby and corridor area joins the ground floor Classrooms with adjacent staff & pupil WC's, Plant room, Cleaners' room, 2 No. Staircases and a 3 storey DDA compliant platform lift. The first floor layout features the same 3 No. Classrooms, pupil WC's and Staff Offices layout. The top floor of the building features glazed domed roof lights for improved natural lighting to the corridor area, 3 No. classrooms, 2 No. Small Group rooms and the addition of 2 manual roof access hatches. These are operated with retractable ladders allowing safe access onto the roof. The building incorporates an 1,110mm high parapet wall to the full perimeter of the roof to obscure roof-mounted plant including photovoltaics. The parapet also allows safe access around the roof area for future maintenance without the need of a Roof Mansafe System.

The Secured by Design modular building is clad in brickwork which gives it the look of a traditionally constructed building. It was also designed in this way to compliment the existing 3 storey Grade II Listed School building. A lightning protection system was installed to comply with the criteria and recommendations of the BS EN 62305 Part 1 & 3 Protection. Brise Soleil panels have been fitted to the first and second floor west and south facing elevations with a cantilevered canopy to match the windows complete with fritted glass to the ground floor classrooms. On the roof, which includes a 30 year BBA Certification roof covering with roof parapet, are mounted photovoltaics to improve sustainability. These eco-friendly features assisted Module-AR to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for Woodhill Primary School. BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method & rating system for buildings and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. Achieving BREEAM Excellent status certifies that Woodhill Primary School is in the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings with regards to sustainability.

Due to the size of the modular building project, and restricted site access, a 200t crane was required to lift the modules into position. This resulted in the adjacent road being closed for 4 days. The road closure was pre-planned in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Greenwich Highways Department to minimise disruption to the school & local community and the delivery & installation took place during the school's half term.

To deliver 36 No. modules in just 4 days in a busy residential area is an impressive feat which the School and Local Authority were extremely happy with. Not only was this efficient, but the entire project took Module-AR just 20 weeks to manufacture, and install and complete on site.

Words From The Client

Kate Jarrett, Headteacher at Woodhill Primary School, stated that Module-AR Limited's communication and performance of the Site Manager were excellent. The advice, technical expertise, skills & performance of the pre-contract team, health & safety, completing the works to programme, quality and performance as a whole were very good. Kate also commented: "Module-AR worked efficiently and communicated well with the school. They really wanted to understand what our needs were, and did their utmost to meet them."

We have also completed other modular building projects for Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, Greenwich Peninsula School & Kidbrooke Skills Centre for further information, please feel free to contact us

Woodhill Primary School - Woolwich
Parish CoE Primary School - Bromley

Parish CoE Primary School - Bromley

  • Client - London Borough of Bromley
  • Project size - 1,009m²
  • Modules - 26
  • Factory build - 7 weeks
  • Installation - 4 days
  • Completion - 30 weeks

Parish Church of England Primary School is a 2 Form Entry Modular Building Primary School for children between the age of 4-11 set in 5 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Bromley town centre. The mansion building housing much of the school dates back to 1770's and the school itself, which has previously occupied other sites, is probably the oldest educational establishment in the borough - tracing its history back to 1717. The London Borough of Bromley were seeking to expand Parish CoE Primary School, in order to address the bulge of children coming in to the education stream, from a 2 Form of Entry to a 3 Form of Entry.

Module-AR Limited were granted this modular building project to demolish all existing 'mobile' accommodation that the school was using (including the removal and destruction of asbestos-filled buildings) to make way for the new purpose-built accommodation. Once the demolition of the existing structures had taken place, Module-AR designed, manufactured and installed a 26 module single-storey building covering a footprint of over 1,200m².

The structure consisted of 12 No. Classrooms with storage space, a Corridor with cloak areas, 1 Group room, sufficient toilet accommodation for children and adults (staff and visitors), an Entrance Foyer and Plant room. External ground works (including the relocation of a time capsule) were also included in the full Turnkey modular solution.

Child-height interactive whiteboards, suspended ceilings, over-provision of power outlets for the increasing volume of electronic equipment, wireless IT connectivity throughout the building, wet areas within classrooms, roof lights for increased natural lighting and Breathable Building NVHR systems in each classroom for improved sustainability were installed to make the building perfect for Primary School use.

Externally the building features aluminium windows & doors, timber cladding procured through FSC® certified sources and a large external covered canopy to encourage outdoor learning. The canopy was also fitted with integrated planting to further improve the aesthetics of this already fantastic looking building.

The full project including the removal of the existing old building and the design, manufacture & installation of the new structure took just 30 weeks which allowed Parish CoE Primary School to occupy the modular building solution as soon as possible.

Words From The Client

Mr Hilary Richardson, Headteacher at Parish CoE Primary School, commented: "Module-AR have provided Parish CoE Primary School, Bromley, with a fine new 12 classroom block to complete its expansion to 3 Forms of entry and replace some dilapidated building stock.

From the start of the project, the company provided a first-class professional service. The work has been completed on time, to a high professional standard and within costs. The most important aspect from an educational point of view is that everything has been achieved without any disruption to the day-to-day educational running of the school.

I would certainly recommend Module-AR to anyone involved in the consideration of a new-build school project."

Alongside this fantastic reference from the School's Headteacher, the Senior Project Manager at the London Borough of Bromley Mr Simon Goodburn also commented: "The School, following sanction by the Secretary of State, agreed to expand their existing accommodation to provide an additional 1 Form of Entry, from 2 to 3 classes per year group.

The Local Authority in joint collaboration with the School and design team, comprising Keegans Ltd and cost consultants Mott MacDonald, undertook a competitive tendering exercise following comprehensive design and consultation work including planning consent.

Following Executive Member Approval, the Authority appointed the successful tendered Module-AR Ltd to progress the provision of a detached modular building to include the 12 No. new classrooms, toilet accommodation and group rooms in line with the designs and planning consents already obtained.

Under a JCT 2011 Design and Build Contract, Module-AR Ltd appointed their own in-house designers, contracts manager and construction delivery team with the module units being manufactured in their own facility near Hull, East Yorkshire. The modular building project was to be delivered in time for the start of the new academic year with demolition of 3 mobile blocks and 1 steel framed 2 storey block. The removal of hazardous asbestos from the 2 storey block as well as providing 8 No. temporary classrooms for the decanted children for a term was included within the package of works. The logistics involved in coordinating this work via a restricted access with listed brick piers either side was to be a challenge, and an occupied site during School term time presented additional hazards that any experienced contractor would find problematic.

I am pleased to write however, that the School took possession of a fully functional new modular building at the start of the new term. The on-site communication with the School was exemplary and the 'behind-the-scenes' management of materials, plant, goods and operatives was particularly well done with very little disruption to the School throughout the full 30 week contract.

The School have ended up with a fantastic new facility which offers a bright, open and spacious accommodation, aesthetically sitting comfortably against the historic mansion house. Module-AR Ltd as a main contractor provided a no-fuss approach to this build, providing regular updates to the School and Authority Client Team. They dealt with issues promptly and have successfully delivered the contract on time and within budget. A good news story all round and we sincerely thank everyone who took part in the process."

Why not have a look at similar projects that we have completed or contact us for further information.

Parish CoE Primary School - Bromley
Cherry Lane Primary School - Hillingdon

Cherry Lane Primary School - Hillingdon

  • Client - London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Project size - 200m²
  • Completion - 12 weeks
  • Double Classroom Facility with WC's
  • Full Turnkey Solution
  • External 200m² Astro Turf Play Area

This modular building project entailed designing, manufacturing and installing a single-storey building consisting of 6 No. modules of 11m x 3m at Cherry Lane Primary School which Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract.

This modular building, for and on behalf of London Borough of Hillingdon Council, came to fruition due to the growing need for extra classroom space within the Borough. A full Turnkey modular solution was provided including groundworks, tree protection works, astro turf installation and an external canopy at Cherry Lane Primary School.

The building consisted of a double Classroom, accommodating 60 Primary School pupils, with vinyl flooring to the main classroom area and a dedicated carpet tiled "quiet area". Shared access WC's were accompanied by 2 No. Store rooms and a large Lobby containing hat & coat hooks. The Secured by Design structure included aluminium doors, aluminium windows with roller blinds, suspended ceilings and kitchen units for the classrooms as part of the interior décor.

Externally the schools modular building was clad in Cedar with a bespoke external 18m x 3m play area canopy, with padded post protection, installed to the front elevation allowing pupils a safe and sheltered play area to encourage outdoor learning. A BBA Accredited roof covering and 200m² astro turf play area were also installed to provide a stimulating external education environment.

In total, the project was completed within 12 weeks which allowed the school to begin using the facilities up to 50% sooner than if the project was constructed traditionally.

Words From The Client

Steve Whitehouse, Headteacher at Cherry Lane Primary School, stated that Module-AR Limited's ability to comply with the contract specification, ability of management and supervisory staff, compliance with deadlines, meeting the requirements of the contract and quality of management and support were very good.

If you would like to see another modular building project for London Borough of Hillingdon please click here or if you would like further information please contact us.

Cherry Lane Primary School - Hillingdon

What our customers say

“Module-AR worked efficiently and communicated well with the school.They really wanted to understand what our needs were, and successfully met them.”
Woodhill Primary School
“Module-AR designed a building that followed our architects’ specification delivering a high quality and easy to maintain building which operates well for the Elland Road Park and Ride patrons. This structure improves the facilities available to users
Paul Hammer – Engineer, Leeds County Council.

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