We have delivered yet another superb new classroom facility, this time for the nursery class at Greenfields Children Centre. The contract was with the London Borough of Ealing and is one of more than 20 school buildings we have now delivered in the London area alone.
The four portable modular buildings made by our team at Langley Mill comprise the single classroom building with a total floor area of 78m2, providing a bright, modern and functional space for the pupils and teachers. It was built, delivered, installed and in use just three months from the order being placed.
As well as providing a great new teaching and learning space, the building also includes a lobby area, storeroom, baby change area, children’s toilet and wash facilities. Two external stainless steel drinking fountains were also fitted at child height.
We were determined to cause the minimum of disruption whilst delivering and installing the new building. Our priority was to make sure that the pupils and school visitors were safe at all times, and to avoid impacting on the running of the school or inconveniencing the nearby residents.
An access route was created through an adjacent park using solid trackways to enable us to transport the units on the back of lorries without damaging the ground. Space was tight through the park gates, so these were removed and replaced once the units were through.
Because we would be manoeuvering through a busy residential area, a significant amount of local consultation was undertaken with the residents to keep them well informed about any potential disruption.
We also performed extensive ground and remedial work before delivering the new classroom – including relocating an existing building. We were the only bidders to provide a relocation solution for the school who wanted to retain use of this building, all other proposals recommended its demolition.
As you can see from the pictures the building was supported, lifted carefully by crane and re-sited into a new position in the school grounds, allowing us to make the best use of the available space for the new classroom.
The new classroom is flush to ground level to allow unrestricted access. We also added a canopy to cover the extended play area with hard surfaces and grassed areas, which are accessed via bi-fold doors.
The external facade consists of Plastisol steel panels, render and Envirobuild’s Duratec cladding. Windows and doors are powder-coated aluminium. Kingspan KS1000TD roofing was used with an armour membrane outer sheet to increase durability and thermal efficiency, which has helped the building to achieve a high-energy rating.
As the main school has a sprinkler system installed this was also specified for the new building. This required careful installation with trenching and connection to the existing system.
Special attention was also paid to improved soundproofing due to the building’s location under the flight path to Heathrow airport. We allowed for an enhanced specification to the suspended ceiling tiles, also increased insulation to the external walls to meet sound insulation requirements.
Commenting on the delivery and installation of the building Ellie Larkin, Head Teacher said: “AVDanzer has given us a beautiful new classroom for our nursery children. The team worked very closely with the staff and were attentive to the school’s needs at all times. The project ran according to the agreed timescales and any variations were managed in a professional manner and in liaison with the school’s leadership team. AVDanzer demonstrated high levels of professionalism and commitment and provided us with an excellent service. Staff, pupils, parents and Governors and are really delighted with the completed building.”
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