Portakabin Group calls on local authorities to embrace off-site school’s construction
June 9 2015
Describing the school, funded via an operating lease, as ‘robust’ the group is seeking to encourage other local authorities to follow in its footsteps by citing the positive reaction of councilors and teachers.
Frank McCafferty, property manager at South Lanarkshire Council, said, “We are very pleased with the appearance and performance of the building after more than a decade and it looks better than we could have anticipated. Off-site construction was an ideal solution for this project to replace a series of 1960s storm-damaged buildings in a radically reduced timescale.”
Head teacher Paul McGarry said: “I was here when the building was delivered 11 years ago and we are still extremely proud of these facilities. It is spacious and light with wide corridors and suits our current requirements really well – but will allow us the flexibility to reconfigure should the need arise. The teachers and pupils absolutely love the building and it looks fantastic more than a decade on from when we moved in.”
Built over eight months at the Portakabin Group’s York manufacturing centre the individual modules measuring up to 14m long and weighing up to 8.5 tonnes, were craned into place.
The school accommodates 500 pupils and has a 60-year design life.
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