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.
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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.
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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.
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."
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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 Breathing Buildings R Series 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
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."
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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 dÃ©cor.
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.
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.
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Meadow High School expanded their Secondary School to include a bespoke Sixth Form SEN Facility. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to manufacture and install a 1,071m² 2 storey building including a Common room, Assembly Hall, Salon, Fitness Suite, 8 No. Classrooms, a Head of Sixth Form Office, Work room, WC's, disabled toilet & shower room, locker spaces, 2 No. staircases, a DDA compliant passenger lift, Plant room and Cleaner cupboards.
Internally the Classrooms, Offices, Work room, Fitness Suite and Assembly Hall were fitted with carpet tiles for maximum comfort whereas the WC's, Corridors, Salon, Plant room and Cleaners' cupboard had polysafe vinyl flooring for easy cleaning and maintenance. Suspended ceilings were installed throughout and PIR lighting was fitted to maximise sustainability. Module-AR Limited consider building safety to be extremely important, therefore the building complied with 'Secured by Design', maglocks were fitted to all doors in the corridors & stairwells, finger guards were fitted to all internal doors and the pipework was boxed-in to all toilet areas.
Externally, the structure is clad in Plastisol (plastic coated steel) fitted horizontally to imitate the appearance of Trespa cladding at a fraction of the cost. The Architect had chosen the varying cladding colours of navy, ocean blue, Wedgewood blue, pigeon grey and white to create a stylish and modern building - perfect for a brand new Sixth Form facility. The projecting fascia is navy Plastisol and the PCA (powder coated aluminium) windows & external doors were coloured navy, white and ocean blue to match the external cladding along with 3 No. entrance door canopies in Wedgewood blue.
Module-AR Limited delivered and installed the building during the February half term to minimise any disruption to the school schedule, with the full project taking just 30 weeks to complete.
Ross MacDonald, Headteacher of Meadow High School, stated: "As Headteacher of Meadow High School I can happily endorse the work undertaken by Module-AR Ltd. From the design stage, cutting the first turf, watching the building arrive and be assembled, the quality of workmanship and the grand opening to many smiling faces this is a true success story.
We are so pleased with our new modular 6th form. The pupils, staff and parents are all delighted with the building. Thank you so much for your support which has helped us to complete this project in a limited amount of time and with a tight budget. Module-AR Ltd are a professional company where the client matters and the product is first rate including support going forward for even small matters."
These kind words from Mr MacDonald were supported by the project manager, Bob Phillips, on behalf of Meadow High School: "Module-AR were principal contractor and it was evident from the first design coordination meeting that the focus was on the entire project at all times. Guidelines were identified early for a building to be delivered to quality, to cost and to programme.
The 1,070m² of building on 2 floors has transformed the delivery of the curriculum at the school not only for the pupils but staff and parents with a very big WOW factor.
The programme was tight, the budget was capped, agreed by all consultants, and was met at all times. Site supervision with Health & Safety arrangements were carried out in a professional manner which was clearly visible to all visitors and consultants.
The two-way dialogue for the project was paramount. Module-AR Sales and Design office staff were patient and never wilted providing careful guidance as to the various options available to the school at all times.
Again I must stress that this building has transformed the outlook of the school, if and when funds become available we would look forward to working with you in the future."
Thomson House Free School, Richmond, required extra teaching facilities to accommodate for the growing need for space in the education sector. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to provide a full Turnkey solution including the design, supply & manufacture of an 18 bay, 2 storey modular classroom accommodation and associated foundations.
The 6 No. Classroom building is externally clad in a combination of Brickslip and Render to match the existing nearby buildings. Additionally, a curtain wall window system was fitted to the Western elevation creating a naturally bright and light interior. A Roof Mansafe system with access hatch & ladder for access from inside the school, an external steel staircase, double-glazed UPVC windows, standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems, lightning protection system installation and a Smart Wall thermally broken entrance door to enhance thermal performance complete the exterior of the structure.
Inside the school building features Polysafe standard vinyl flooring to wet areas & Gradus Predator Heavy Duty carpet tiles to the rest of the building. Heat & Cool air conditioning, a 2.4m internal ceiling height, a DDA Compliant passenger lift, PIR lighting and Solar blinds to all classroom windows for improved sustainability complete the interior design features.
Both floors of Thomson House Free School are identical and feature a full-length corridor with a staircase to both floors, 3 No. Classrooms (fitted with interactive whiteboards, shelving, noticeboards, hat & coat hooks, sinks and worktops), a DDA Compliant Platform Lift, Store rooms, Electrical Cupboards and WC's.
The 2 storey building was delivered & installed in 3 days (2 of which were on a weekend), greatly reducing site traffic & disturbance to the school and surrounding neighbourhood compared to traditional construction methods. In total Module-AR Limited required just 17 weeks to fully complete the Turnkey solution.
St Mary Magdalene CoE School, Greenwich, became the lead school in a collaboration with Christ Church School in East Greenwich in 2013. The Greenwich Peninsula Campus required an expansion to their school grounds in the form of 4 No. Classrooms, a Dining Hall, Kitchen, Staff Offices and various additional rooms. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to design, manufacture & install the single storey modular building Primary School which consisted of 25 No. modules and a footprint of 825m².
The Secured by Design modular building school, which required just 9 weeks to manufacture, features Larch Timber cladding with a Plastisol (plastic coated steel) fascia, PCA (plastic coated aluminium) windows & external doors, entrance steps, a DDA Compliant ramp and a 36m long play area canopy with padded post protection & external cold water taps. This innovative and aesthetically-pleasing feature allows pupils a sheltered play area to encourage outdoor learning.
Internally the modular building features a 2.5m internal ceiling height, 45dB acoustic performance and consists of 2 No. Key Stage 1 Classrooms & 2 No. Reception Classrooms. Each Classroom was fitted with Polyflor XL Standard vinyl flooring for a hard-wearing and robust floor. A 120m² Main Hall with a servery hatch to the Kitchen, a Food/Art room (with cooker, freezer, fridge, dishwasher & washing machine), an entrance Lobby, Reception/General Office, Head Office, Meeting room & Staff Study, IT suite, Staff room, 2 sets of pupil WC's and wash facilities, Store room, Dining store, Dry Goods store, Internal PE store, Plant room, Staff Changing room & WC's, a Disabled WC and a Caretaker room with Roof Access Hatch (allowing access to the Mansafe Perimeter Roof Access lifeline system) complete the building layout.
Additional extras were fitted to the school to create a productive and comfortable working environment. Heat & Cool air conditioning, PIR lighting, maglocks to Corridor doors, finger guards to internal doors, internal window blinds, hat & coat hooks, interactive whiteboards, a Lightning Protection System, standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems, a main entrance canopy and an Electric Roller Shutter to the Kitchen servery are all examples of the design features chosen by the client.
Just 3 days were required for Module-AR Limited to deliver and install the modular building with minimal disruption to the school or the surrounding area.
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Prince of Wales Primary School opened in 1950 and is situated in Enfield Lock, North East of the London Borough of Enfield. It is a larger than average 3 Form of Entry Primary School that benefits from extensive grounds including gardens, a pond, sports fields, playgrounds and environmental areas. Due to the growing need for additional space in the Education sector, Prince of Wales Primary School required an expansion to their existing facilities to accommodate extra pupils. Module-AR Limited secured the contract to design, manufacture and install 2 No. buildings - both of which were extensions to existing buildings.
Both structures feature Brickslip external cladding and plinths, pitched Kingspan roofs, PCA (plastic coated aluminium) external double glazed windows and doors and are Secured by Design & Building Bulletin Compliant. These features were chosen so that the new modular buildings match the existing traditional constructions.
The first school building is a 3 No. module Classroom facility featuring a 62m² Classroom (with interactive whiteboard and window blinds), an SEN/Nurture room and Lobby. The second building consists of 4 No. modules creating a large 81m² open-plan Hall. Both buildings feature internal window blinds, superior than standard 4kN/m² floor loading and Heat & Cool air conditioning. Heckmondwike Supacord carpet tiles were fitted in the classroom & office and Altro Unity vinyl flooring to the Hall & WC's for a hard-wearing and durable finish.
The 2 buildings were manufactured in Module-AR Limited's factory in East Yorkshire in under 8 weeks and just 2 days were required to deliver & install both school buildings. In total the project was completed in 15 weeks allowing the school to use the new facilities up to 50% faster than if the work was completed as a traditional, on-site, construction.
Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract, on behalf of Hertford Country Council, to design, manufacture and install 3 new School buildings - Galley Hill Primary School, Oxhey Wood Primary School and Walkern Primary School. Both Oxhey Wood and Walkern Primary School were designed with the same internal layout of 2 No. 60m² classrooms, a 33m² Break-out area, staff & student WC's and 2 No. Store rooms. Galley Hill Primary School accommodated 4 No. classrooms, associated WC's and Break-out area.
Each Classroom consisted of an open plan area with a dedicated wet area. Window blinds, white boards, large display boards, shelving and a circular glazed screen looking in to the Break-out area were also installed. The Breakout areas in each school were furnished with 4 more display boards, shelving units, 30 No. hat & coat hooks and associated benching for each Classroom.
All 3 School buildings surpassed the thermal requirements of current building regulations. The Secured by Design, Building Bulletin Compliant structures feature suspended ceilings, 3.5kN/m² floor loading, polysafe vinyl flooring to the wet areas and carpet tiles for all classroom spaces. Additionally, roof lights were fitted to all Break-out areas allowing natural daylight to brighten the inside of the building.
Externally, each building was clad in different multi-coloured Trespa - creating aesthetically pleasing buildings. 17.5Â° pitched roofs of interlocking concrete tiles and Plastisol (plastic coated steel) fascias were also installed.
Manufacturing all 3 buildings, a total of 24 No. modules and over 770m² overall footprint, took Module-AR Limited just 6 weeks. Even more astoundingly, each School building took just 2 days to install on site, greatly minimising site traffic & disruption to the existing school and local community. In total, just 18 weeks were required for Module-AR Limited to design, manufacture & install the 3 Schools which the client was extremely pleased with and allowed the Schools to start using their new buildings at the beginning of the new school term.
Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract, on behalf of Hertford Country Council, to design, manufacture and install 3 new school buildings - Galley Hill Primary School, Oxhey Wood Primary School and Walkern Primary School. Both Oxhey Wood and Walkern Primary Schools were designed with the same internal layout of 2 No. 60m² Classrooms, a 33m² Break-out area, staff & student WC's and 2 No. Store rooms. Galley Hill Primary School accommodated 4 No. Classrooms, associated WC's and Break-out area.
The Classrooms in each school were fitted with window blinds, white boards, large display boards, shelving and a circular glazed screen looking in to the Break-out area. The Break-out areas in each school were furnished with 4 more display boards, shelving units and 30 coats hat & pegs for the pupils.
The Secured by Design, Building Bulletin Compliant structures feature suspended ceilings, 3.5kN/m² floor loading, polysafe vinyl flooring for the wet areas and carpet tiles for all teaching rooms.
Externally, each building was clad in different multi-coloured Trespa walls with varying roof claddings to satisfy the planning conditions and to create a bright & aesthetically pleasing external finishes.
Manufacturing all 3 buildings, a total of 24 modules and over 770m² overall footprint, took Module-AR Limited just 6 weeks. Even more astoundingly, each School building took just 2 days to install on site, greatly minimising site traffic and reducing disruption to the existing school and local community. In total, just 18 weeks were required for Module-AR Limited to design, manufacture and install the 3 Schools which the client was extremely pleased with and allowed the Schools to start using their new buildings at the beginning of the new school term.
Turnham Primary School, Lewisham, required a temporary School building to accommodate students whilst their existing buildings are redeveloped. Module-AR Limited secured the project to provide 5 No. Classrooms with WC's and a Hall for a period of 52 weeks.
The full Turnkey solution was provided by Module-AR which included designing, manufacturing and installing the single storey 16 No. module temporary School building and associated groundworks.
Externally Turnham Primary School temporary building features Plastisol (plastic coated steel) cladding & plinth and steel external doors for a robust, maintenance-free and secure exterior. Internally the School building consists of 5 No. Classrooms of 60m² (each fitted with 16 Hat & Coat hooks, interactive whiteboards and projectors), a 110m² Hall, Office and WC facilities.
Additional extras such as Heat & Cool air conditioning, Maglocks to corridor doors, acoustic door seals to all internal doors, a Roof Mansafe System, entrance door canopy, Lightning Protection System, internal window blinds, a superior than standard 2.7m internal ceiling height and standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems were fitted to ensure the hire building looks and feels like a permanent solution.
Module-AR Limited delivered and installed the building in just 2 days and did so during the school holidays - ensuring little to no disruption to the school or the surrounding area. In total the project was completed in 12 weeks which is up to 50% faster than a traditional build.
Ms Shefali Seth, of the London Borough of Lewisham, commented that the advice, communication, facilitation, workforce, programme, value for money and overall performance were all of the highest standard and that she would recommend Module-AR again for similar work in the future.
Owing to the closure of one of the Barnfield College sites for redevelopment, a number of teaching disciplines had to be relocated to a new location. This meant the college needed to provide 15 additional Classrooms along with Administration areas, Storage rooms and WC facilities. The College's additional accommodation needs were required urgently and it was important for the new facility to be installed, complete and ready for occupation for the students in the new September term.
Barnfield College required a full Turnkey package which included the design of foundations and, due to the college's preferred location, a comprehensive drainage and flood defence system. Traditional brickwork cladding and a tiled pitched roof were also provided to match the existing buildings. The majority of Classrooms were designed as standard teaching spaces for up to 30 students and included interactive white board with overhead projectors. 1 large Class area of 88m² was provided to cater for specialist 'Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapy' training classes for students. All rooms were installed with Heat & Cool air conditioning and the college was keen to create additional natural light to the 74m long central corridor therefore requested the installation of sun pipes which worked extremely well.
From receipt of the order; design, manufacture, installation and completion of a site of 1,274m² took an amazing 26 weeks, up to 50% faster than a traditionally built structure.
John Corbett, Capital Project Director of Barnfield College, stated: "I would like to thank Module-AR for the way you have worked with the college to deliver the teaching block on an incredibly tight timescale and to a very high standard. The quality & feel in the block is very good and nothing like the old units that the college had years ago. The staff using the rooms are very happy with the building and it is better than some of the rooms that they had in the old building they have moved out from. Through the development of the design and the layout of the building we have managed to provide a structure that feels light & airy and is comfortable to use even through the cold period last winter. The college was very happy with the service you provided and it is for this reason that we had no hesitation in coming back to you for the adaptations to the building this summer. I have no hesitation in recommending you and your company to others as both times we have worked with you the projects have been successfully completed on time and on budget. Thank you for all your helps and I look forward to any future projects we can work on together."
As part of an initiative by the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council to provide new opportunities for residents to access training & work in sectors with excellent job prospects, Module-AR Limited won a contract to provide the fifth local skills centre in Kidbrooke, Greenwich. The recently completed Kidbrooke Skills Centre delivers specific courses in construction - from theory based training to short courses in a large range of subjects. For example:
The structure consists of 8 No. modules manufactured with external factory installed Brickslip cladding and plinths to match the existing adjacent traditionally built pharmacy. An entrance canopy was installed alongside Secured by Design windows and external doors.
Kidbrooke Skills Centre consists of 2 No. Classrooms (each over 60m²), a Kitchen/Break-out area, an Administration Office, WC's and a Lobby. A superior than standard 5kN/m² floor loading, suspended ceilings, air conditioning, interactive whiteboards, shelving units, Hat & Coat hooks and pin boards were also fitted to ensure the interior was robust enough for the construction training, yet remaining a stylish and modern teaching facility.
In total the project was designed, manufactured and installed in just 8 weeks, allowing the local residents of Kidbrooke to benefit from using this facility to develop their skillsets.
Colin Middleton, Skills Commissioning Officer at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, stated that Module-AR Limited's advice, technical expertise, communication, skills & performance of the pre-contract team, value for money, health & safety and costs were very good and commented on the structure: "Kidbrooke Skills Centre is an excellent modular building, which despite its use as a construction skills centre has stood the test of time."
Alongside this reference from Colin, Councillor Sizwe James, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Skills comments regarding Kidbrooke Skills Centre: "This is a fantastic facility and a great addition to our set of specialist skills and training centres across the Borough. Together they offer hundreds of places on specialist courses in industries we know people have an excellent chance of securing long term employment in. This is all about creating as many opportunities as possible for our residents to access training and valuable experience which will lead to permanent jobs, and is a key strand of our anti-poverty work. I wish all the new recruits the very best for the future and know they'll get an excellent grounding from the Greenwich Community College trainers. We know that with our ambitious programme of regeneration and development, that there are a lot of local jobs available in Construction â€“ and this helps to ensure our own residents can access that work".
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Greig City Academy is a mixed-sex Secondary School and Sixth Form College within the English academy programme, in the London Borough of Haringey. The Academy were looking to expand their Sixth Form facilities however space around the grounds was limited and there as a result there was no room to build laterally without encroaching on the sports facilities & playground. Therefore Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to provide a more creative solution in which a single storey modular structure was installed on top of the existing single storey building, along with a linkway incorporating an internal staircase and a low level access DDA Compliant lift back to the existing building, to be used as a Sixth Form common room.
The 7 modules were clad in Western Red Cedar with PCA (powder coated aluminium) windows, a white Plastisol (plastic coated steel) plinth & fascia and a mono-pitched roof to create a modern and stylish look. 5 No. roof lights were installed to maximise natural lighting and to create a more spacious atmosphere. Heat & Cool air conditioning, an enhanced 2.7m internal ceiling height and large feature windows were part of the interior finish to generate a creative and productive environment for the 6th Form students. The common room will feature large open-plan learning facilities, space for study and meeting rooms.
An 80t crane was used to lift the modules on to a purpose designed and built steel framed gantry which was completed in just 1 day - greatly minimising on-site traffic and disruption compared to a traditionally built structure. The Greig City Academy building was manufactured, installed and completed in just 13 weeks which meant students could occupy the facility as soon as possible.
Nunnery Wood High School introduced Dance classes into their school curriculum and therefore required a facility for this. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to design and build a single storey modular dance studio. Consisting of 5 No. modular bays and a total footprint of 150m², the building was clad in a combination of Cedar and Plastisol (plastic coated steel), with UPVC windows and a canopy over the entrance door.
Internally, the 115m² dance studio was furnished with Harlequin acoustic cushioned tempo flooring with an enhanced 5kN/m² loading, a superior than standard 3m internal ceiling height with recessed lighting, full height mirrors with ballet barres, white ceilings and cream internal walls & blinds to create a classic dance studio finish. Heat & cool air conditioning to keep the studio at the optimum temperature and 2 No. whiteboards were also fitted for choreographing dance routines. Alongside the studio itself, male & female changing rooms, with bench seating and hat & coat hooks, and a Lobby area were also installed.
Module-AR Limited installed the building in just 1 day, dramatically reducing on-site traffic and disruptions compared to traditional building work, and the total project was completed in just 10 weeks.
Mark Skyrme, Nunnery Wood High School Director of Business and Operations states: "We found Module-AR a helpful and professional company who were able to provide us with a cost effective solution. From the initial concept of the new dance studio, through to the installation and completion, Module-AR were excellent in their communication and support. We were able to visit a number of other projects they had completed in the local area before committing to the project. Staff at these venues spoke very highlight of Module-AR which gave us confidence we would be satisfied with their product, which proved to be the case!".
Hounsdown School is home to over 1,200 pupils spanning ages 11 to 16. The School converted to a 'new style' academy on 1st August 2011 after its Governing Body agreed unanimously to convert to an academy in order to enable the school to continue to provide the best possible experiences, opportunities and staffing for students over the forthcoming years. The conversion to an academy gave Hounsdown greater freedom in how finances were allocated. As a result of this, the School's need for a Dance Studio were met and Module-AR were awarded the contract to manufacture and install the building.
The structure consisted of 6 No. modules of 10m x 3m with a 15° pitched tiled roof. A superior than standard internal ceiling height of 3m (with recessed lighting) and an enhanced floor loading of 5kN/m² was requested so that the studio was as large, spacious and robust as possible. Full height mirrors, ballet barres and acoustic ceiling tiles were installed in order to improve the acoustic performance.
With a cladding combination of timber & Plastisol (plastic coated steel), an external door canopy and Venetian window blinds, the building looks modern and well-suited to a dance studio.
In total the project took just 8 weeks to manufacture, install & complete and is a great addition to the schools' existing facilities.
Sandy Bailey, School Business Manager at Hounsdown School, comments: "We are proud of our new dance studio which provides high quality facilities for students at our school. The project was delivered on time and on budget over one summer holiday break. Staff and students enjoy the large well ventilated teaching space and many visitors to the school say they are impressed with the facilities."
Alongside this great reference from Sandy, Michael Weakley (the Principal of Michael Weakley Architects) stated: "I was impressed with the adaptability of Module-AR to our design requirements. They completed the work on time and to programme. Module-AR handled the snagging upon completion and at the expiry of defects liability period without fuss."
As part of a £15 million pound school facelift, Module-AR Limited were awarded with the contract to provide temporary modular buildings & teaching accommodation to house Music, Art, History, RE as well as Music Rehearsal Rooms and Temporary Office Space for staff at Vermuyden High School, Goole. The 950m² single storey temporary building was designed to accommodate 300 pupils for a period of 18 months.
The 10 No. Classroom, 27 No. module single-storey modular hire building features GRP (glass reinforced plastic) cladding with Plastisol (plastic covered steel) fascia, plinth and entrance door canopy. An entrance door ramps & steps, UPVC lockable windows with restrictors and steel columns & external doors with multi point locking were also installed off-site.
Inside the modular hire building is a Music Practice room, 3 No. dedicated Music rooms, 2 No. Art rooms with IT workstations, Art Store rooms, 5 No. History/MFL rooms with IT workstations, a general Classroom, 2 No. offices, a General Store room, WC's and a large single Corridor linking all rooms. To assist with the acoustic levels to both the Music rooms and Rehearsal spaces, the internal walls to these areas were designed to achieve a higher acoustic reduction of 45dB. Anti-vandal features were fitted to the pupil WC's such as PIR lights instead of pull-cords, boxed-in pipework, lights with safety guards, vanity style sinks set in worktops and no mirrors or toilet seat covers.
Additional items installed were standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems, window guards & blinds, classrooms furniture, interactive whiteboards, ceiling-mounted overhead projectors, maglocks to Corridor doors, 2.7m high internal ceilings and a combination of Polysafe Standard XL vinyl & Primavera Xtra carpet tiled flooring.
Module-AR Limited delivered and installed the modular building in just 2 days, out of school hours, which greatly minimised disturbance to the school, minimised the amount of site traffic and greatly improved the safety to all school pupils & staff. In total the project was manufactured and completed in just 13 weeks which is a 50% reduction in time compared to traditional construction methods.
The Vermuyden High School temporary modular building was a resounding success drawing quotes from Head Teacher, Danuta Tomasz: "The building gives the school an air of professionalism and reflects what we do. The temporary building is a proper school, it is just moved into a different place. It makes it a safer, happier place for students. Step inside our temporary Classrooms which are now in situ at the Boothferry Road side of the school and be transported into a modern, bright and hi-tech world of education."
Deputy Headteacher, Dave Flowitt, stated: "The Classrooms in the Vermuyden temporary block are twice the size of the old block. We wanted it to be better than a temporary fix and it has worked. You would never know you were in a temporary building. Upon opening of the new facility there was a real buzz by pupils and staff who were all very excited and really loved the new temporary Classrooms."
Jill Bristow, School Business Manager, explained: "Everyone who has seen the new block has been impressed with the overall quality and the facilities it provides. It was critical to the success of our refurbishment programme that the modular buildings arrived out of hours so minimal disruption was caused. Timely delivery was absolutely essential and the service by Module-AR was first-rate with all the modules being delivered exactly when needed. The portable buildings have been specifically designed to provide a high-quality teaching environment with good ventilation and excellent energy efficiency as well as high levels of natural light. In most cases the new classrooms are twice the size and a big improvement on our old ones."
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When Sheffield became the tenth local authority to sign a contract for its BSF project to rebuild, refurbish and upgrade Secondary Schools throughout the city, the £400 million investment programme also needed to refurbish High Storrs School, a Grade II Listed Building which has Performing Arts School status.
To enable High Storrs School to be refurbished, high quality temporary portable building facilities were required to house the specialist Classrooms, such as 2 No. fully fitted out Food Technology Classrooms an associated Preparation room & Stores, a Dance Studio, Drama Rooms, Changing Facilities, Art Rooms, Staff Office and Relaxation Room.
Module-AR Limited were selected to become Sheffield LEP / Taylor Woodrows Key Supply Chain Partner to design and install the specialist portable Classroom buildings. The overall temporary building arrangement was specifically designed to enable both conversion into Science Laboratories at a later date and future expansion after the initial hire period of 52 weeks. The portable buildings were split into 2 No. individual blocks covering an overall footprint of 1,435m².
The temporary building includes a 118m² Dance Studio with Polyflor Sports 67 vinyl flooring, ballet barres, blackout blinds, stage lighting, sound system, mirrors to walls, hat & coat hooks, ceiling-hung tracks & curtains and a whiteboard. 3 No. large Drama Studios of varying sizes were also installed which included the same finishes as the Dance Studio. On the far side of the building are 2 No. large Food Technology rooms with fitted sinks, microwaves, cookers, fridges, DDA Compliant work station areas, ceiling-mounted extract fans, hat & coat hooks, apron hooks, worktops, storage cupboards and a dedicated Teachers' Area with a whiteboard. Other rooms in the building are a Performing Arts Store room, Performing Arts Office, male & female Changing rooms, 2 No. Food Technology rooms, a Food Prep/Store room and WC's.
Additional extras such as Heat & Cool air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, 2.7m high ceilings, 45dB rated acoustic partitioning to Dance and Drama Studios, maglocks to internal doors, standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems and a combination of Polysafe Standard vinyl & Primavera Xtra carpet tiled flooring were also included in this full Turnkey solution.
Externally the building was designed and manufactured to be long-lasting and maintenance free. Therefore GRP (Glass reinforced plastic) cladding, steel columns, Plastisol (plastic coated steel) fascia & canopy, steel doors and UPVC lockable windows with restrictors & wire mesh guards were fitted. A 100t crane was needed due to the size of the projects to lift the modules into position.
Just 4 days were required for Module-AR Limited to deliver and install the 43 No. modules with a total project completion time of 9 weeks. This was a huge advantage for the school due to the vast minimisation of site traffic and disturbance to the school & local area when compared with traditional on-site construction.
Mike Chapman, Headteacher at High Storrs School, commented: "We would like to thank the team at Module-AR for providing our school with excellent specialist teaching accommodation over the course of the summer. The quality of the portable building is of an exceptionally high standard and our students are already reaping the rewards of studying in these clean, bright temporary spaces. We would have no hesitation in using your services again."
Alongside this reference from the school, Jeff Peace, Project Manager at Taylor Woodrows stated: "The level of commitment from all the collective team was magnificent, given the number of issues that were encountered prior to; and subsequent to commencing on site. Especially the spate of inclement weather that made conditions seriously challenging at times."
Leytonstone School modular building is a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school, serving a truly multi-cultural community. The school required extra space for a specialist Craft Design Technology (CDT) facility. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to provide a 2 storey, 17 No. module hire building to be used as the specialist Classroom block.
Externally, the modular building structure was built onto Jackpad foundations which leave little to no damage to the existing concrete base. The CDT facility featured Plastisol (plastic coated steel) external wall cladding, fascia and rainwater goods. Composite steel external entrance & fire exit doors, 2 No. entrance/exit ramps to ground floor doors, 36 No. double-glazed UPVC windows with restricted opening to 100mm and standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems completed the exterior of the building.
Internally on the ground floor of the Leytonstone School temporary modular building is a Year 7 classroom, CDT Prep room, 2 No. CDT Classrooms, a CDT shared Store room, 8 No. WC's and a linking Corridor. A single-storey covered external straight staircase with half-landing and place of safety on the top landing via a slip-resistant covering and high contrast nosing links to the first floor of the structure. This floor features 2 No. large 74m² Design Studios.
Polysafe slip resistant vinyl was fitted as flooring throughout. PIR lighting was installed in the WC's for improved sustainability, along with Heat & Cool air conditioning, 3.5kN/m² floor loading, a 2.7m internal ceiling height, pin boards in each classroom, cream vertical window blinds and oak veneered internal doors to complete the design features.
The delivery and installation of the modules were completed during the October half-term, which nullified any disturbance to the school. The full modular building project was designed, manufactured and installed in just 9 weeks. Leytonstone School hired the modular building for 52 weeks and once this period had ended, Module-AR Limited collected the modules without hassle and without leaving any damage or disturbance to the nearby buildings or foundations.
Written in the school's newsletter were these kind words: "In October, the new home of Technology arrived on enormous lorries. A 2 storey temporary accommodation, comprised of 17 separate pieces, was placed in the school playground in spectacular fashion, and surprisingly delicately hoisted into place by a crane and expert crew!
As students left school for the Christmas holidays, staff and a team from the Council were busy transporting all of the required equipment and belongings into the newly installed accommodation next door, and this was ready for lessons when school resumed in January.
Staff and students alike agree that the building is extraordinary in comparison considering its impact from the outside. With a relatively small section of the playground being used to house the building, the size of the classrooms are surprisingly large - giving rise to it being compared to Doctor Who's Tardis by some!
Despite the new Classrooms being a temporary space, there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of teaching space. The old Technology Block had only 4 classes in the building (2 of which were workshops) and was cramped and dark; and having to house multiple machines, equipment, computers and drawing desks in a very small space had taken its toll. The temporary block now provides 2 No. large Design Studios upstairs, 2 No. Technology workshops, a general teaching classroom, preparation/storage rooms and toilets. The rooms are bright and spacious, and have already been equipped with many brand new machines, tools and classroom equipment that will be used in the new building once it is completed.
This improvement in facilities has already made a positive impact on students, with an increase in numbers opting to take Resistant Materials or Graphics as a GCSE subject from September. We hope that this trend continues, especially once the department is housed in its new permanent home next year!"
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The modular hire building was used as a Temporary High School for Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, Scotland. Breadalbane is a complex consisting of Nursery, Primary and Secondary departments and is an excellent centre for those interested in such outdoor activities as climbing, skiing, water sports, fishing, hill-walking and golf. It offers also a wide range of cultural & social activities as well as superb facilities for squash, swimming and other indoor sports.
Externally, the 227 No. module 2 storey Temporary modular building High School is clad in Plastisol (plastic coated steel) for a hard-wearing, secure and maintenance-free exterior. UPVC double glazed windows were fitted for improved thermal insulation and the internal ceiling height is 2.7m resulting in spacious rooms.
The ground floor of the modular building consisted of 2 No. Biology, 2 No. Chemistry and a Physics Classroom - each with deep sinks, worktops, waste outlets, dishwashers, pinboards, 20 No. hat & coat hooks, whiteboards, a freestanding desk, tables and chairs. 3 No. Science Store rooms (with adjustable shelving) and a dedicated Chemical Store room were also installed along with 4 No. Maths Classrooms (with interactive whiteboards, deep shelving cupboards, pinboards and ceiling-mounted pattress') 2 No. Geography rooms and 2 No. History rooms (each with deep fixed worktops, whiteboards, pinboards and 2m long 3 tier shelving). 2 No. 88m² Art Classrooms (with deep full height adjustable floor to ceiling spur shelving, full length pinboarding to all walls excluding ones with adjustable shelving, deep worktops with drawers & shelves beneath, large trough sinks with lever taps & soap/towel dispensers and a pulldown projector screen) complete the Classrooms. In addition, a small Social Subject Store room, Video Conference room, Cleaner room and large Males & Female WC's complete the School building. Finally, a DDA Compliant 8 person platform lift was fitted granting access to the first floor of the structure alongside 3 No. internal staircases.
The first floor of the Temporary modular building High School featured an 88m² Home Economics rooms with free standing tables, a demonstration table, DDA Compliant disabled area, waste outlets, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and sinks. A Graphics Communications room with worktops, pinboards, shelving, ceiling mounted pattress and interactive whiteboard was also included. Additional rooms include a Technical Studies rooms with 15 No. network points, 18 No. double sockets, pinboards and worktops with shelving; 2 No. 91m² Metalwork rooms with a dedicated Cutting Room, tool racks, power sockets for machinery, pinboards and large trough sinks and a Fabric room with dedicated store room, adjustable shelving, pinboards and worktops. Finally, 2 No. Music rooms with matt finished walls to create sound projection, 2 No. voltage adaptors, worktops, shelving, 4 No. dedicated Practice rooms; an Instructors' room; Kiln room with extra floor loading and deep adjustable spur shelving; Dark room; Art store; Common Room; 3 No. ASN rooms; a Guidance Office; Technicians Base; ASDN staff workbase; a General Store room; 2 No. Interview rooms and large Male & Female WC's complete the structure.
Despite this being a hire solution, Module-AR Limited installed additional extras to the Temporary High School such as Heat & Cool air conditioning, standalone fire alarm and intruder alarm systems, window guards & internal blinds, anti-vandal upgrades to WC's, a combination of vinyl and carpet tile flooring, reinforced floor vinyl to the Metalwork rooms, an entrance door canopy, entrance steps & ramps and a lightning protection system.
When you no longer require the structure, Module-AR Limited simply collect the modules from you without hassle. Or, if you prefer to keep it for longer than anticipated, this is also an option. With the inherent flexibility of modular buildings, if your structural requirements change during the course of the building hire; we can easily reconfigure, relocate or extend your building. Hiring from Module-AR Limited is a no risk and no hassle option that is financially viable, aesthetically pleasing and functionally brilliant.
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