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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

Woodcote Primary School - Croydon

Woodcote Primary School - Croydon

  • Client - London Borough of Croydon
  • Project size -  804 m²
  • Completion -  23 weeks
  • 2 Storey Teaching Facility
  • 'BREEAM' Excellent
  • BIM Level 2 compliant
  • Building Bulletin Compliant

London Borough of Croydon wanted to expand the 3FE, Woodcote Primary school on Dunsfold Rise, to a permanent 4FE School in order to cope with the schools’ intake for September 2017. This project was awarded to Module-AR as the successful off-site specialist sub-contractor in providing the facility using modern methods of construction.

Woodcote Primary school are now pleased to be occupying their new, 2 storey learning facility which consists of 8 additional classrooms, a quiet reading area, a DDA compliant lift & WC facilities to both floors.

The Premises Manager, said “words can’t explain how happy we all are with our new building” and stressed how impressed he was that the facility had been handed over ‘defect free’ in Jan 2018.

Tailored to the growing needs of the school, the elegantly simple design of this building boasts a brick-clad exterior, Velfac powder coated aluminium composite windows with contrasting red Spandrell panels & matching reveals to reflect the schools' corporate image and provide a modern fresh feel.

The design of this build has created an engaging learning environment for the children with the use of, light and bright open spaces, modern interactive smartboards and a quiet work/reading area.

This school already achieves an ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating, and now with the new building having a BREEAM ‘Excellent rating and an EPC performance rating of ‘A’ this really is a high-performance expansion.

Much to the delight of executive headteacher Timothy Rome, the building was handed over, on-time and on budget. “At Woodcote we have a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic team who are committed to each child achieving the highest standards of education and behaviour," Mr Rome said.

"The new building and improved facilities will give more children the opportunity to be part of our wonderful school."

The project, funded by Croydon Council has also seen significant improvements to the children’s outdoor play spaces, making them bigger and accessible all year round.

Peter Russel the Site manager gave some fantastic feedback of his first experience of off-site modular construction: 

"Being modular in design I wasn’t really sure how the building would look. I believe it’s fair to say that unless you were aware of the building type you would never realise it is constructed in a modular format. The choice of fittings and finish truly allow for a bespoke building to meet any requirements. The building is now fast approaching its first year of occupancy and it still looks as fresh as it did when we were handed the keys.  The promotional video footage of our school was taken eight months post hand-over. This demonstrates the high level of quality assurance Module AR offer and reflects the excellent after sales service in place to address any issues that may occur."

For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Woodcote Primary School - Croydon
Drumbeat School and ASD 6th Form - Lewisham

Drumbeat School and ASD 6th Form - Lewisham

  • Client - London Borough of Lewisham
  • Project size - 466m²
  • Completion - 16 weeks
  • Full Turnkey solution
  • 2 Storey SEN Facility with Independent Learning Space
  • 'BREEAM' Excellent
  • Roof-mounted Photovoltaics
  • Enhanced acoustics
  • Secured by Design

Drumbeat School and ASD 6th Form required a full Turnkey, modular building package from a contractor to design, manufacture and install a 2 storey SEN facility with an Independent Learning space for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder - which Module-AR Limited were awarded.

The modular building was clad with Western Red Cedar to create a modern & stylish look. Aluminium and timber composite double-glazed windows were installed with brise soleil to provide innovative solar shading to all south facing elevations. An internal roof access hatch with retractable ladder was installed, along with a Roof Mansafe System, which allows for safe access around the roof area for future maintenance. A lightning protection system was also fitted to comply with the criteria and recommendations of the BS EN 62305 Part 1 & 3 Protection.

The structure has a robust suspended steel floor construction throughout and consists of 2 No. 58m² Classrooms (fitted with storage, wet area and an interactive whiteboard), 2 no. Group rooms, an ICT room, Staff Workspace, large Lobby, Reception, Plant room, WC's and a DDA compliant platform lift. On the second floor the building features a large 58m² Social Common room with interactive whiteboard, storage cupboards and sinks; 2 no. Group rooms, a Flexible Learning facility, fully-fitted Bathroom, fully-fitted Kitchen, a large Dining/Lounge area and WC's. Finally, enhanced acoustic ceilings, walls and a SALTO Access Control System were also installed for the safety and security of the pupils and staff.

The full Turnkey, modular building solution, which included foundations & services, was manufactured off-site, installed and completed in just 16 weeks. This allowed the pupils of Drumbeat School to utilise the facility up to 50% sooner than if the building was constructed traditionally.

Other modular building projects completed for London Borough of Lewisham include Turnham Primary School. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Drumbeat School and ASD 6th Form - Lewisham
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

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."
Paul Hammer – Engineer, Leeds County Council
"The Module-AR team worked professionally and hard in order to get the modular buildings ready in time, as they were needed in an emergency. All of the staff were polite/courteous and have worked with the premises team well."
Michelle Fenniche - Executive Head Teacher, Forster Park Primary

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