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."
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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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The largest fully operational, modular building, Park & Ride, facility in Leeds at Temple Green, to further complement the existing facility, at Elland Road.
As with Elland Road, Temple Green is similar in design, boasting a feature clock tower, however, clad with Western Red Cedar wood, a fully heated passenger waiting area providing ticket machines and seating areas, WC’s, staff office, welfare facilities & a secure ticket window. The whole modular building consists of 6 no. Modules, totalling 132m2.
All the Park & Ride facilities, including the buses and routes, each have a distinct colour, to provide passengers with an easy, visual of destination routes. Temple Greens’ feature colour is a vibrant Orange, whilst Elland Road boasts bright Green.
This is the second of four park & ride facilities to date, which will play a vital role in the Transport Strategy for Leeds. This is the largest Park & Ride which accommodates 1000 car parking spaces. Park & Ride schemes will help to reduce the congestion and improve the city’s air quality so we are extremely pleased to be a chosen specialist contractor in this major transport strategy.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for economy and development, said: “This scheme is both a milestone in the development of the Enterprise Zone and represents another step on the road to providing a network of park-and-ride sites across the city, easing congestion and cutting pollution in the centre.”
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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."