Denton-based Danzer Ltd has won contracts totaling almost £1m to manufacture and install new education facilities at schools across the UK.

The first three contracts are modular classrooms for schools in the London Borough of Southwark with a project value of £850,000. The projects include a new single classroom for the Albion Primary School in Rotherhithe with cladding and a large decking area at the rear. The school is directly above the London Underground system, which presented some additional challenges for the team and involved submitting the foundation plans to Transport for London to ensure they minimize any vibration issues.

The Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark will have a new classroom which will be clad with horizontal cedar cladding and will feature a large decking area and canopy as well as a green sedum roof.

The third school is Dog Kennel Primary School in Dulwich which will feature thermo-wood horizontal cladding, a large canopy with sky lights and an extensive groundwork package including the demolition andremoval of an existing school building. Commenting on the project Danzer Ltd’s Dan Holloway said: “The Dog Kennel project is especially interesting as the school specified an unusual freestanding canopy which needed a creative solution. We also have major access constraints on this site which we are going to overcome by demolishing a wall and installing a temporary steel stair-case to allow access from a neighbouring housing estate.”

Danzer Ltd has also won contracts for two Church schools, one for The Diocese of St Alban and the second for the Diocese of Northamptonshire, worth around £150,000 in total. The first is for Northaw Church of England School, just outside Potters Bar and the second is for St Louis Catholic Primary School, Aylesbury. The Northaw project is currently live and should be complete in the next few weeks. Access to the St Louis School is across a school playing field so a track way has also been designed to avoid any damage to the field.

modular portable building classroom
Indicative classroom build by Danzer

The modular buildings are being produced at Danzer Ltd’s production facility in Nottingham and work on-site starts in April.

Commenting on the contracts Dan Holloway added: “We have a long history of manufacturing and installing modular school buildings and are really pleased to be working on these new facilities. As well as manufacturing all of the units here in the UK we also undertake all of the ground works and installations as well as demolishing existing buildings ifnecessary and that full service solution we offer is really well received by clients. Hopefully the new school buildings will all be completed over the Spring term and certainly some of them will be up and running before the schools break for summer.”