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Portakabin hands over fully modular primary school

24 Oct 12 Portakabin has handed over what it said is the first complete primary school in England to be built using modular construction.

The scheme for Leeds City Council is also the first project to be constructed using the new Portakabin modular building system.

The new primary school forms part of Carr Manor Community School which is now one of only two ‘through’ schools in Leeds, taking pupils from the age of 4 to 18.  It will ultimately accommodate 210 children, helping to address the rapid growth in demand for primary provision in the area.

The £3m purpose-designed building was delivered by Portakabin on time and on budget after only six months on site.

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Harry Rayat, operations manager at Carr Manor Community School, said: “We have been very impressed with the speed and quality of construction.  Portakabin clearly understands our sector and was very professional throughout. This was a challenging site but their team worked extremely hard and repeatedly went above and beyond to overcome any unforeseen site issues.  This really is a first class building and a credit to the design and delivery teams.”

Facilities include seven classrooms each with a sheltered outdoor play space, a sports and dining hall, reception area and foyer, hygiene room with hoist, special educational needs room, catering kitchen, offices, staff room, library, and food and science technology room. Trees have been retained on the site and green areas extended allowing the school to develop outdoor classrooms.

The new Portakabin building system allowed the use of larger 3.75m wide and 16.5m long modules, which reduced the number of units by almost half. There are fewer internal columns and a flat façade with no visible structural columns. A new wall construction has delivered improved thermal performance and exceeded Building Regulations requirements. There are also a greater variety of coloured finishes for the building envelope and a wider choice of glazing options. The new Portakabin modular building system has a 30-year structural warranty and five-year product warranty.

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