Case Study: Parish CoE Primary School - Bromley

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

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

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

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

Child-height interactive whiteboards, suspended ceilings, over-provision of power outlets for the increasing volume of electronic equipment, wireless IT connectivity throughout the building, wet areas within classrooms, roof lights for increased natural lighting and 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 FSC® certified sources and a large external covered canopy to encourage outdoor learning. The canopy was also fitted with integrated planting to further improve the aesthetics of this already fantastic looking building.

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

Words From The Client

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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