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
- 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.
Teaching 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.
When 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.