The front of Weeth Primary School

Modular Double Classroom Building For Weeth Primary School

The front of Weeth Primary School

Project Details

Location: Weeth Community Primary School, Camborne, Cornwall
Client: Cornwall Council
Employers Agent: Mace Group Ltd
Principal Designer: Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011

Project Summary

  • New modular building incorporating two classrooms, lobby space, washroom facilities, store and plant room
  • Floor area 151m2
  • Five modular bays
  • Combination of plastisol and cedar cladding
  • Demolition and removal of existing modular building
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage
  • Fire detection and intruder alarm installations, IT cabling
  • Aluminium windows and doors
  • Completed April 2017
  • Project value £255,000

The Challenge: Upgrading upper school learning facilities

Weeth Community Primary School is one of the smaller schools in Camborne, priding itself on providing a family atmosphere and close links between children, parents and staff. The school is committed to helping its pupils to develop a love of learning accompanying them into later life.

Inside a classroom at Weeth Primary SchoolTeaching facilities and atmosphere contribute to the school’s success, and in 2016 plans were made to replace an existing outside classroom with a new, much improved double classroom unit for use by the two upper school classes.

Following a competitive tender process, Enviro Building Solutions was commissioned to design, build and install the new and expanded learning space, complete with entrance lobby, toilet facilities, storage space and plant room.

Creating functional, practical and attractive education spaces

Enviro Building Solutions has extensive experience in the design and installation of modular classroom buildings, having worked closely with councils and education authorities across the UK on projects ranging from single storey, single classroom units through to complex multi-storey builds housing everything from art facilities to science blocks.

At Weeth Community Primary School, work began with the demolition and removal of the existing classroom unit which was to be replaced by the new, modern and contemporary building.

Once the site was cleared, the company completed all groundworks including a reduced level dig together with the installation of foundations and both foul and surface water drainage facilities. Whilst this work was in progress, the modular building bays were constructed offsite at Enviro’s factory before being transported to site for final installation and fit-out works.

Safety and performance

Safety is always a primary consideration for Enviro Building Solutions. With works being carried out on an active school site, where space for the build was at a premium, the company set up a compound on the very edge of the school boundary. An available grass verge was used to avoid taking up valuable playground space or encroaching on areas in use by pupils, staff and parents.

Weeth Primary SchoolWhen the modular units had been delivered and installed, the Enviro team completed the internal fit-out including the installation of a mains electrical supply calibrated to match projected usage. Mechanical services including heating and plumbing together with additional facilities including fire detection and alarm system, intruder alarm system and cabling for IT installations were also installed. The areas to each side of the new building were tarmacked and safety fencing installed.

The entire project was completed on schedule within a tight six-week timeframe, giving Weeth Community Primary School access to enhanced teaching spaces in line with the school’s commitment to its pupils and families.

The front facade of the new Cardinal Newman College

Construction of New Sixth Form Building For Cardinal Newman College

The front facade of the new Cardinal Newman College

Project Details

Location: Cardinal Newman College, Preston
Client: Cardinal Newman College
Employers Agent: Ridge & Partners LLP
Principal Designer: Ridge & Partners LLP
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011

Project Summary

  • Modular building providing eight classrooms complete with offices and washrooms
  • Floor area 750m2
  • 22 modular bays
  • Attractive rendered exterior finish
  • Internal fire escapes
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage
  • Fire detection and intruder alarm installations
  • Automated door access systems
  • Completed September 2016
  • Project value £824,000

The Challenge: Creating a quality educational space for a leading sixth form college

Cardinal Newman College is a Catholic sixth form college located close to the centre of Preston, named after Saint John Henry Newman, an English theologian and poet.

Graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2009, the establishment was granted ‘Beacon College’ status by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in November 2010 and ranked as the best sixth form college in England according to the Sunday Times’ analysis of ‘A’ Level performance for 2011.

In 2016, following a competitive tender process, Enviro Building Solutions was awarded a contract to construct the St Teresa Building on the college campus using modular techniques.

Exterior steps and walkway to Cardinal Newman CollegeThis two storey, 8-classroom addition was built to accommodate the college’s excellent RE programme and now acts as a high-quality educational space for learning, relaxation and time out from students’ busy schedules.

Changing specifications to match client requirements

Enviro Building Solutions was originally awarded the project to manufacture, supply, deliver and erect eight modular classrooms, offices and washroom facilities. Before work began, however, the original specification was significantly redesigned to match revised client requirements.

This included changes to exterior finish, alterations to the window design and apertures to all elevations to optimise natural light and extending the length of the building to bring external fire escapes inside, improving the aesthetics.

Walkway between 2 of the new Cardinal Newman College buildingsAll redesign and planning work was completed prior to commencement of the build.

Work began on site to create the foundations for the building and to provide for foul and surface water drainage at the same time as the factory build to produce 22 individual modular units which would make up the two storey, 8 classroom building.

One of the new classrooms at Cardinal Newman CollegeThis was an active and busy college site, so Enviro Building Solutions set up a secure compound using part of the existing car park area for added safety and to minimise disruption to pupils, staff and visitors.

Keeping local residents informed

The college is located in a busy city centre site, very close to residential housing and with significant access issues created by traffic and parked cars. The Enviro team worked hard to keep local residents on side, completing letter drops with information on planned works and delivering the individual modular units over two days on a single weekend to ensure the process was carried out without a hitch.

Once the modular units were in place, internal fit out began with the team completing all electrical and mechanical works, installing fire detection and intruder alarms, automated door access systems and also fitting the internal fire escapes to each end of the building.

Further exterior landscaping works included flagged walkways around the building to facilitate access.

St Teresa BuildingThe St Teresa Building was completed in just twelve weeks, on time and to budget, creating an attractive rendered building which sits well against other structures on the campus and provides the Cardinal Newman College with vital additional educational facilities.

Side entrance to Kingsleigh Primary School new modular building

Kingsleigh Primary School Double classroom SEN Resource Base

Kingsleigh Primary School in Bournemouth

Project Description

Location: Kingsleigh Primary School, Bournemouth
Client: Bournemouth Borough Council
Employers Agent: KSP Consultancy LLP
Principal Designer: KSP Consultancy LLP
Contract Type:  JCT Design & Build Contract 2016

Project Summary

  • SEN resource centre for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) incorporating two classrooms, sensory room, quiet room, kitchen and plant room
  • Floor area 168m2
  • 7 modular bays
  • Contrasting Plastisol / cedar cladding finish to match an existing building
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage
  • M&E works including automated door access, fire and intruder alarms
  • Completed August 2019
  • Project value £456,000

The Challenge: Creating a positive learning space for SEN teaching

Kingsleigh Primary is a community school striving to help each and every pupil achieve their true potential. They encourage children to work to the best of their abilities and to acquire the skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

‘’Enviro worked closely with the Council, School and technical advisors to ensure the design responded to the brief and were proactive in finding cost effective solutions to issues that evolved during both the design and construction. They demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of working within an occupied school environment and exceeded expectation in terms of involving the pupils in the project. The Enviro team had a ‘can do’ attitude which was refreshing and this has contributed to an excellent building, which is already having a very positive impact the on the pupils’ behaviour, self-esteem, and consequentially their ability to learn.’’

Anita Ellis, Client Project Manager, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council

Seeking to open a Resource Base for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and severe social communication and interaction needs, the school commissioned the design and construction of a bespoke single storey detached modular building. This would include two classrooms plus ancillary space for a quiet room and a sensory room.

Inside Kingsleigh Primary ScchoolUsing modular building techniques, Enviro Building Solutions successfully delivered a resource base for children needing a more specialised and bespoke approach to their education. Designed to meet their identified needs and to facilitate a positive learning experience.

Special interior fit out requirements

This project called for a building designed specifically to meet SEN standards, designed to complement the existing school architectural style and delivered within a tight time frame of just six weeks.

Modular building techniques provided the optimum solution to achieve a quality build incorporating all the required facilities, within the desired build schedule.

The sensory room at Kingsleigh Primary schoolInterior fit out was also an important consideration. The two classrooms are both equipped with teaching walls, whilst the sensory room is equipped with special lighting. This is designed to provide a calm space, using a specific colour palette that can play a role in supporting children to regulate their emotions. Specific acoustic requirements also have a role to play here.

The exterior of the building features a Plastisol finish with cedar cladding, reflecting the colours and finish utilised for the main school building.

Value engineering yields costs savings

Cost is always an important consideration. Following the first tender submission, Enviro Building Solutions were requested to value engineer the project, aiming to provide best value for money whilst retaining all the important performance features.

The overall cost was successfully reduced by 9% by taking steps such as changing the window specification from aluminium to UPVC, providing an alternative flooring finish and suspended ceiling and omitting VRV air conditioning whilst retaining the breathable buildings requirements for Part L compliance.

M&E works included automated door access, fire and intruder alarms, with external works including fencing and secure gated areas. This is within a residential area so Enviro Building Solutions also screened the boundary fence with planting.

Enviro Building Solutions also designed and submitted planning for the project, achieving this with only minimal issues. The building was completed in August 2019, ready for the September intake.

Three quarter view of the nursery schol building in Honley

Modular Nursery Classroom for Early Years Facility in Honley

Front of the new Honley School modular nursery building

Project Description

Location: Honley CE (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School Honley, Holmfirth
Client: Kirklees Council
Employers Agent: Kirklees Council
Principal Designer: Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011

Project Summary

  • Modular classroom building with full fit-out
  • Floor area 195m2
  • 6 modular bays
  • External storage facility
  • External soft play area and equipment
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage
  • M&E works including automated door access, fire and intruder alarms
  • Completed September 2017
  • Project value £287,500

The Challenge: Fast tracking a modular Early Years facility

Located in the village of Honley near Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, Honley CE (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School is a vibrant educational establishment providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment. The school aims to provide an exciting and challenging educational experience encouraging individual children to flourish and achieve.

``The project was managed well from start to finish, the new building was finished on time to specific requirements and has provided an excellent addition to the Honley School Portfolio. Aftercare has also been excellent in terms of dealing with building issues.``

Dean Masters, Project Manager, Kirklees Council

When the school wanted to create an independent nursery facility to accommodate Early Years pupil places, modular building methods provided a fast, affordable and high quality option meeting all of the required design and performance parameters.

Enviro Building Solutions successfully designed, manufactured and installed a prefabricated nursery building inside a tight nine week timeframe, together with associated external works, ready for use by the new school year intake in September 2017.

Focus on safety and security

This was a challenging nursery school building design in a residential area, with particular demands on access including narrow village lanes and low overhead cables. In addition, the site specified for the build was located very close to the main entrance to the school, so health and safety considerations were of paramount importance.

Three quarter view of the nursery schol building in HonleyWith a proportion of the work carried out on an active school site, Enviro Building Solutions devised a plan to move an existing wall to create a safe site barrier and provide a vehicle drop off area. The relocated wall was repositioned again to ensure safe access once the build was complete.

The six bay modular classroom building features attractive cedar cladding and included a full internal fit out plus the installation of washroom facilities. In addition, Enviro Building Solutions created a bespoke outside store complete with light and power, sourcing and delivering a storage container which was then clad with cedar to match the building, providing much needed storage space.

External landscaping and fencing

The new modular nursery is equipped with an automated door access system and intruder alarm and complemented by exterior landscaping, including the supply and installation of an external soft play area complete with play equipment, attractive external planters and secure perimeter fencing. Services were linked in to the existing school building, additional street lighting was installed and a pathway rerouted. 

This project, awarded in June 2017, was completed by early September in time for the new Early Years intake.

New modular classroom art block for Rainham Mark Grammar School

Modular Classroom Purpose Built Art Block

New modular classroom art block for Rainham Mark Grammar School

Project Description

Location: Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rainham, Kent
Client: Medway Council
Employers Agent: Bailey Partnership
Principal Designer: Bailey Partnership
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2016

Project Summary:

  • New prefabricated four classroom art block complete with washrooms, office, plant room and circulation space
  • Floor area 560m2
  • 19 modular bays with canopy/overhang
  • Photo Voltaic Modules / Solar Panels
  • Mixed brick slip finish and Cedral cladding
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage
  • M&E works including automated door access, fire and intruder alarms
  • Completed November 2018
  • Achieved EPC ‘A’ Rating (Score 13) – Energy Efficient
  • Project value £980,000

The Challenge: Creating new art classrooms on a busy school site

Rainham Mark Grammar School in Kent is an 11-18 selective school with 1400 pupils on the roll. This is a stimulating educational community focused on motivating young people to enjoy learning and make the most of their abilities.

When the school wanted to build a new art classroom block to enhance creative options for pupils, modular building construction methods provided a fast and affordable solution. They also minimised disruption to learning processes.

Inside the new art classroomEnviro Building Solutions delivered an ambitious and attractive modular classroom building project around a build schedule developed to match the operational requirements of the school. The end result is a four classroom block which has achieved an EPC ‘A’ rating based on build quality.

“A professional, pro-active and efficient organisation, on a school project with a restricted budget. Enviro worked very well in a live school environment, demonstrating very good communication skills with the school on a daily basis. This was a successful project which was completed on time and within budget.’’

Stuart Collingwood, Director Building Surveyor, Bailey Partnership

A building set in its own environment

This ambitious project consisted of the design and construction of a new four classroom art block complete with washroom facilities, offices, a plant room and circulation spaces.

Located on a raised piece of land, the grass banking was originally specified as gabion baskets. However, the school preferred a more subtle approach, so Enviro Building Solutions created a stepped grass verge leading down from the building. This was inlaid with bench seats to optimise creative use of the slope.

Large expanses of window add to the open, airy classroom spaces, with the exterior a combination of brick slip finish and Cedral cladding.

Seating and large windows of the modular classroomA total of 19 modular bays create the new building, which also features an attractive canopy to the main entrance forming an extension to the roof, supported by a cold rolled steel ‘V’ support.

The structure uses a raft foundation with a suspended floor; Enviro worked to design in innovative detail to reduce the ‘bounce’ inherent in this type of floor by upgrading the way it was formed and constructed and modifying steelwork to enhance rigidity.

With the existing access road routed right around the school, Enviro Building Solutions worked with a second contractor engaged in another project for the school to create a new site entrance to facilitate both sets of works. Additional works included digging over 150m of trenching to route cables to the plant room from an existing sports hall.

With the focus on sustainability, the team also installed a total of 66 photovoltaic modules on the roof of the building to optimise energy efficiency and further reduce running costs for the building.

“Fantastic looking building that you wouldn’t know was modular construction, delivered incredibly efficiently with clever programming and no disruption to the school.”

Robert Banks, Capital Project Manager, Medway Council

Build schedule focused around health and safety

Enviro Building Solutions offered the client two potential construction programmes for this project.

The first involved a commencement date at the start of the school summer holidays, continuing until the end of October. This had the potential for disruption to the school from the start of the Autumn term.

Easels in the art classroom

The second option scheduled the full preparatory facilitating works over the summer holiday period, when the school was not fully operational. Followed by total closure of the site until delivery and installation of the modular units during the October half term.

Although this added two weeks to the proposed completion date, this was the option selected by the school to minimise disruption. This would also optimise health and safety with the construction team active on site for only 9 operational school days. A significant achievement for a modular classroom building project of this size and complexity.

M&E works including automated door access, fire and intruder alarms and air conditioning, and the building – completed in November 2018 – has achieved an EPC ‘A’ rating.

Dowdales Modular Classroom

Dowdales School – Dalton-in-Furness

Project Description

Location: Dowdales School, Dalton-in-Furness
Client: Cumbria County Council
Employers Agent: Day Cummins Architects
Principal Designer: Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2016

Project Summary

  • Two bay modular classroom building
  • Floor area 75m2
  • 2 modular bays
  • All groundworks and foundations
  • Electrical and mechanical works
  • Completed September 2017
  • Project value £125,000
Dowdales Modular Classroom
The rear of Dowdales School's new modular classroom

The Challenge: Fast track modular classrooms

Dowdales School began life in 1928 as a selective school for 200 pupils, built around a small Victorian mansion. In 1967 it was reorganised as a comprehensive school and is now a community comprehensive school accommodating both boys and girls in the age range 11-16, with some 1000 pupils on roll.

This is a popular, high achieving school which is consistently oversubscribed. In June 2017 Enviro Building Solutions was approached by Day Cummins Architects to establish the feasibility of providing a modular building on hire for three years to serve as an additional classroom. The building had to be commissioned on site in time for the September 2017 intake.

The location and the timeframe presented numerous challenges. From receipt of the initial enquiry at the end of June, Enviro Building Solutions successfully designed the project, refurbished an existing two bay modular building to a high standard and installed the classroom ready for use by early September 2017.

“We had a modular building supplied by Enviro Building Solutions in 2017; all of our requirements were met in full, the building was supplied on time and fully meets the needs of our school. If we required another building we would be pleased to work with Enviro again.”

Keely Evans, School Business Manager, Dowdales School

Short deadlines and logistical challenges

The Dowdales School project called for the provision of a modular building to be used as a single stand-alone classroom, supplied on a long term hire basis within a time window of just a few short weeks in line with school holidays and new term intake requirements.

To meet this demanding time frame and to optimise budgets, Enviro Building Solutions proposed the use of an existing modular building refurbished to a high standard from stock. Foundations were prepared on site and services laid whilst work on the building was completed offsite to speed up the process.

Communicating to minimise local disruption

The key challenges on this project were time and location. This was a very tight site close to Dalton-in-Furness and accessed only by small country lanes, presenting real difficulties for transportation of the two finished modular bays. With potential congestion in mind, Enviro Building Solutions planned the installation for a quieter weekend date, to minimise disruption on the roads. The company also completed a comprehensive leaflet drop for local residents, explaining the processes and advising of delays.

The immediate approach to the site was also challenging, up a hill with a significant tree canopy which had to be protected from damage. In addition, the chosen site at the school was very close to an existing building, which meant that craning the bays off the lorry was a difficult task.

Despite the logistical challenges, Enviro Building Solutions gave Dowdales School exactly what they had requested, on time and at the right price.

Children playing outside the new modular building at St Stephens Primary School

St Stephens Community Primary School – Saltash

Three quarter view of St Stephens Primary School Modular Building

Project Description

Location: St Stephens Community Primary School, Saltash
Client: Cornwall Council
Employer’s Agent: MACE Limited
Principal Designer: Bailey Partnership
Contract Type: NEC3 Engineering & Construction Contract (Option A)

Project Summary

  • Single storey school block incorporating classrooms, specialist practical rooms, washrooms, undercroft store
  • Floor area 500m2
  • 17 modular bays
  • All groundworks, foundation and drainage works undertaken
  • Electrical and mechanical works
  • Completed September 2018
  • Project value £1.1M

The Challenge: Meeting a 10 week timeframe

Located in a residential area just outside the centre of Saltash, Cornwall, St Stephen’s Community Primary School accommodates girls and boys from ages 4 to 11. When Cornwall Council was looking to expand the school from a 1.5 form entry (315 pupils) to a 2 form entry (420 pupils), offsite construction methodology provided a practical and achievable solution.

The project presented a very challenging time frame; pupil places were required for the September 2018 intake, and late confirmation on funding allocation meant that more traditional construction methods were not feasible.

The initial design proposed by architects Bailey Partnership was carefully adapted for offsite, volumetric and modular solutions by Enviro Building Solutions. The scheme was developed and delivered with an onsite period of just 10 weeks. As a result, both the September 2018 and the previous September 2017 intake now benefit from a new and exceptional teaching environment.

``Having worked within Cornwall Education and Early Years Service for decades it is still
great to see innovation working at its best for such a tight budget and timeframe. The end product not only met with an incredibly tight programme but also created a sustainable and considered learning environment which will meet pupil and staff expectations and also form a real hub to the community.``

Paul Renowden, Education Capital Strategy Officer, Cornwall Council.

Offsite Construction – saving time and money

The offsite approach adopted for this project speeded up the construction process considerably in line with the requirements of the client, with external works completed concurrently with the manufacture of high quality, factory-built modules by Enviro Building Solutions.

Overall costs were reduced too; if a traditional onsite solution had been used in this instance, the Local Authority would have had to hire another temporary classroom for at least 3-6 months to accommodate the September 2018 intake.

A reduced programme of works on site also helped to mitigate many potential health and safety risks, with less disruption for pupils, teachers, staff and parents. In addition, as the school is located in a quiet, residential area, a reduced number of site deliveries and site construction traffic also reduced noise and disruption for the local community.

Sustainable and cost effective

The building also offers significant benefits in use. It is designed to be highly sustainable in terms of its life cycle costs; it reduced wastage during construction, was delivered more quickly and cost less to build. Its enhanced performance and maintenance-free materials will cost less to run over its lifetime and therefore reduce school maintenance costs.

Enhanced U-Values and improved air tightness, alongside the considered architectural design, allowed for a state of the art, highly energy efficient educational environment that exceeded expectations.

The building has been extremely well received by the schools’ staff, parents, pupils, and local residents and is a testament to the quality of offsite construction by Enviro Building Solutions. In fact the project was also nominated and shortlisted for ‘Education Project of the Year’ at the Offsite Awards 2019

Riverside Primary School front with yard and canopy

Riverside Primary School – Rainham

Project Description

Location: Riverside Primary School, Rainham
Client: Medway Council
Employers Agent: Harbledown Construction Consultants Ltd
Principal Designer: Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011

Project Summary

  • Two storey school block incorporating classrooms, offices and washrooms
  • Floor area 860m2
  • 28 modular bays
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage works
  • Electrical and mechanical works
  • Completed June 2018
  • Project value £969,000
Riverside Primary School front with yard and canopy
Riverside Primary School covered stairway

The Challenge: Major school expansion project

Riverside Primary School is an Academy Converter school with a nursery intake, accommodating children between the ages of 3 and 11. The school focuses on delivering a fun, rich and varied curriculum, encouraging children to engage in their learning and prepare for the next stage in their lives.

Expansion at this popular school required the construction of a significant extension alongside the existing building, consisting of a two storey block housing classrooms, offices and washroom facilities.

Modular building construction methods provided the perfect solution for this application, with Enviro Building Solutions completing all groundworks and foundations during the Easter vacation then finishing the complex build during the spring bank holiday break, minimising disruption and eliminating the necessity for construction works on site whilst the school was operational.

“Excellent scheme delivered ahead of programme that provided great value for money and a lot of space to add.”

Rob Banks, Capital Programme Manager, Medway Council

Safety in action

This was a significant expansion to the existing footprint for Riverside Primary School. In total, the new school building consists of 28 modular bays, constructed offsite then delivered to site to create a high quality, purpose-built learning environment.

Construction sites can be busy and dangerous places. Working together, the Enviro Building Solutions specialists and the Riverside team made the decision to limit all works to school holiday periods to limit any site safety risks. All foundation and groundworks requiring plant such as excavators and dumper trucks were completed during the Easter holidays when the school premises were closed to pupils and staff, optimising health and safety procedures.

An EPC ‘A’ rated building

Enviro Building Solutions were back on site when the school closed for the spring bank break to complete the complex task of bringing together 28 modular bays across two storeys, including all interior finishing work. The scope of the project also including laying areas of tarmac for access, landscaping, fencing, the creation of soft play areas and attractive canopies to front and rear of the building.

Demonstrating the energy efficient properties of modular building solutions and the quality of build achieved by Enviro Building Solutions, the new Riverside Primary School building has achieved an excellent EPC ‘A’ rating, underlining the quality and sustainability of the build.