E.ON are one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity and retailing power & gas - and employ over 12,000 people in the UK. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to provide modular Office & Welfare Accommodation as part of an overall project which includes Warehouse Storage, an interlinking Corridor and associated External Site Works for an Operations & Maintenance Facility for E.ON. The buildings are intended primarily for servicing a new off-shore wind turbine farm. The Operations & Maintenance Facility project includes renewable technologies and sustainable building methods. As such, the buildings were constructed to incorporate renewable and low carbon technologies including solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, heat recovery ventilation and LED lighting.
The building designed and manufactured by Module-AR Limited is a single storey Office structure consisting of 17 No. modules and a footprint of over 550m². Externally clad in a combination of Kingspan silver, Trespa Meteon & white Plastisol (plastic coated steel), with aluminum windows, an entrance door canopy and roof-mounted photovoltaics for improved sustainability - the building looks well-suited to the Utilities industry.
Inside the modular Office Facility is a Reception/Waiting room with Tea Area, a Meeting room with an acoustic folding partition wall, a 161m² main Office, E.ON Manager's Office, Vesta's Office, Permit Office, Control room, Technicians Facility, Mess room, WC's, Showers, a Wetsuit Drying room and Changing rooms.
The Offices were installed with suspended ceilings & feature wall-mounted display screens and the kitchen, WC's and showers are all fully fitted with a modern finish.
All 17 No. modules were installed in just 1 day with minimal disruption to the continuing E.ON works. The building design, manufacture and installation was completed in just 17 weeks which is up to 50% faster than a traditional build.
Module-AR Limited is Achilles RISQS Accredited and were awarded this very competitive contract to design, manufacture and install 23 No. modules to be used as a single-storey welfare facility for the Network Rail Bristol branch. Meeting rooms, various Offices, a fully-furnished Kitchen, Welfare facilities, Store rooms and an Archive room were included in the design.
Due to budget constraints, the Bristol building was clad with Plastisol (plastic coated steel) for a durable and cost-effective exterior. The interior however was expertly designed and fitted out to match Network Rail's stringent DNA internal specification. Brightly coloured Kitchen & Office facilities promote a creative and productive environment, the interior furniture is of a high quality to ensure a happy workforce and large interior windows make the building light, spacious and a pleasure to work in.
The modules were delivered in just 1 day to reduce on-site traffic and the total project was completed in 11 weeks. This is up to 50% quicker than if the project was completed traditionally, due to the inherent speed of off-site construction.
Stephen Clark, Property Works Coordinator for the Western area of Network Rail, comments: "Module-AR's delivery of this competitively awarded project has been handled in a very professional manor both pre and post contract. The communication, organisation and planning for the installation was first class. The installation did not create any disruption to the ongoing operation of the site and was completed within programme even though additional enabling works were added to the scheme. It's also worth mentioning that Health and Safety has been considered of extreme importance from start to finish by your team. We are very pleased with the high quality of the building and attention to detail to achieve the Network Rail DNA internal specification. In summary, Module-AR's performance on this project has been first class and we thank you for your good service."
Stanmore College required an additional Administration facility for their Spruce Building and their existing single-storey construction was at full capacity. Expanding across the ground was not an option due to the limited space on site, therefore Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to provide an 11 module single-storey structure to be installed on top of the existing modular building, creating a 2 storey structure to be used as Office accommodation.
The building was fitted with a large open-plan Office to accommodate the college's Administration staff, Kitchen facilities, WC's, a Plant room and various individual Offices for staff. The building features a DDA compliant lift, a combination of non-slip vinyl & carpet tiled flooring, white oak doors, Heat & Cool air conditioning, double-glazed UPVC windows and a 2.35m suspended ceiling.
Externally clad with Plastisol (plastic coated steel) on the ground floor and timber over the first floor, the new building is functional and aesthetically pleasing complying with the planning conditions.
Module-AR Limited required just 1 day to deliver the modules and this was completed on a Sunday to minimise any disturbance to the College or local community. In total the project was completed in just 12 weeks which is up to 50% faster when compared to traditional constructions.
Tristan Shanahan, Director of Estates & Security at Stanmore College, states: "We were very happy with the installation of this building, as it went in with minimum fuss and bother, and the quality of the construction was evident by the ease with which it dropped onto the existing base. As a working environment it has proven to be very comfortable, with the heat pump units allowing us to maintain an optimum temperature throughout the changing seasons. The supplied plant and equipment (lift, climate control, kitchen facilities etc.) has been reliable and robust, with minimal need for reactive maintenance. The site management was excellent and it was a pleasure to work consistently with the same people from start to finish. I would have no hesitation in recommending Module-AR to anybody looking to get a great value for money, and good quality modular building installed, not only for education but as a great general working environment."
AMC Engineering required an Office block and Welfare facility for their Aberdeen branch which Module-AR were awarded the contract to design, manufacture & install.
On the ground floor of the building there are 3 No. Offices of varying sizes, 2 No. Meeting rooms, a large Reception/Waiting Area with entrance Lobby, a Server & Electrics room, fully-fitted Kitchen, Cleaners' Store, male & female WC's and Corridor linking each room.
The first floor of the Module-AR Limited structure consists solely of 13 No. equal sized Meetings rooms, a Corridor linking each room and the internal Stairwell. The Offices, Reception, Meeting rooms and Corridors are all fitted with Primavera carpet tiles whereas the Kitchen and WC's feature hard-wearing, easy to clean Polyflor Polysafe Vinyl flooring. Heat & Cool air conditioning was installed throughout the building along with window blinds and suspended ceilings.
Externally, the AMC Engineering building features Plastisol (plastic coated steel) cladding, plinths and fascia. A pitched roof with integrated downlights within the soffits and external door canopies were also installed to give the Module-AR Limited structure the look of a traditional build.
Only 2 days were required for Module-AR Limited to install the building with a total project completion time of 11 weeks - this is up to 50% faster than if the project was completed traditionally.
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 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 project, and restricted site access, a 200t crane was required to lift the modules in to 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.
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."
Parish Church of England Primary School is a 2 Form Entry 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 the 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 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 FSCÂ® 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 solution as soon as possible.
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 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 build 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 accommodations, 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."