10.10.2016 Buildings

Refurbished Modular Classroom

Location: Orpington – Kent
Sector: Primary School Education
Building Type: Refurbished Modular Classroom with Cedar Cladding

Testimony from the School Business Manager:
“I fully recommend Portable Facilities to any school that are looking to replace a mobile on their school site. Although it is a ‘refurbished’ building and only costs a fraction of a new one, it doesn’t feel refurbished at all!
From the initial meeting through to planning permission and snagging Richard and his team were exemplary. I never felt like just another customer, instead, we felt like a team from the very beginning. There were no surprise bills or added items that weren’t previously discussed and if anything Richard was always trying to keep costs low for the school. Richard made sure everything was of the highest standard and dealt with any emergencies that so often crop up with projects like this.
What we have been left with as a school is a modern, fully compliant and all-around better environment for our Intervention classes to take place with the children of Gray’s Farm Primary Academy!”


“Intervention Classrooms” are now important facilities for all Schools. Grays Farm Primary Academy was using a 27-year-old timber-framed modular classroom building for “intervention classrooms” and it was clear to all the building was not fit for purpose.


They had the grant to replace the dilapidated timber-framed classrooms and contacted Portable Facilities to ask our friendly expert advice on what options were available.

Us and the School Business Manager arranged a meeting at the School and from this discussion, it became clear that the best option would be a fully refurbished modular classroom meeting all current building and Ofsted regulations including BB93.

The School also wanted us to project manage the contract in its entirety from the initial planning application, CAD drawings, Building Control Submissions, Temporary Roadways, Groundworks, Crane Hire, Installation of Refurbished Mobile classroom and lastly construction of external ramps and steps.

In early July planning permission was granted and works could begin, firstly we had to protect the playground from construction traffic so 320m of temporary roadway was delivered and installed across the school playground. Once this roadway was installed demolishing commenced of the existing dilapidated mobile classroom.

Because of the close proximity of some mature maple trees on the site we instructed our independent structural engineer to carry out a ground and geo survey.

The recommendations after this survey were for foundations pads excavations at 2m deep; this information was submitted to and duly approved by building control.

Just 4 weeks after planning permission was granted the concrete foundations had been poured and 7 days later the refurbished steel-framed modular classroom was delivered to the School and craned into position ready for the new term.

The end result was a modern, clean building refurbished and installed by us saving the School money and just as importantly with absolute minimal disruption to pupils. What was a wreck of an old building is now something for the School to really be proud of and the pupils are much happier.

If you need honest advice and a project successfully managed for your school modular building needs, please get in touch with us and benefit from our vast experience in this field.

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