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09 April 2013

Foremans Supplies Interim Classrooms to Help Meet Increasing Demand for Primary School Places


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK's largest supplier of pre-owned Portakabin buildings, has supplied two interim teaching buildings to primary schools in the London Borough of Newham, just eight weeks from receipt of order.

North Beckton Primary and Colegrave School each had a need for two self-contained temporary classrooms while redevelopment works are carried out to meet the rising demand for school places.

North Beckton Primary has been taken from two to three form entry, increasing the number of places from 60 to 90.  A double classroom block is now in use for the next two years until a new permanent building is constructed.

Commenting on the project, Manjit Rai, Head Teacher at North Beckton Primary, said, "Feedback about the interim classrooms from teaching staff and the parents of children in year four who are now using them has been very positive.  The rooms are large, warm, comfortable and rather lovely!  Everyone is happy with their accommodation and we would recommend the approach to other schools with similar needs."

The Building Surveyor at the London Borough of Newham, added "Foremans was recommended to us from another authority who had a similar requirement for good quality interim primary school teaching accommodation.  We are very pleased with both buildings, which certainly don't look or feel second hand, and are a cost-effective alternative to new.  I am pleased to report the buildings' installation was also safe, controlled and problem-free."

The buildings for both schools were delivered just eight weeks from receipt of order and were installed outside term-time to avoid any disruption to teaching.  Each building comprises two classrooms, which were delivered to site around 70 per cent complete, further reducing time and disruption to local residents.

Established in 1992, North Beckton Primary is a county co-educational primary school, taking children from the ages of three to 11.  There are two classes in each age group, apart from reception which now has three forms to meet changing local demographic needs.

Foremans specialises in refurbishing Portakabin modular buildings.  In order to meet individual project requirements and budgets, the buildings can be supplied decorated or fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, mechanical and electrical services, doors, flooring, and cladding, to create high quality accommodation for a wide variety of interim and permanent education applications.

The advantages of this approach include:

  • Programme times reduced by up to 70 per cent
  • A highly cost-effective alternative to new build
  • The buildings can easily be expanded, reconfigured or removed for complete flexibility should local requirements change
  • Off-site working is maximised for safer, quieter and cleaner sites and reduced disruption to teaching during construction
  • High quality steel-framed modular buildings are built to last
  • The buildings require fewer ground works than site-based construction - further reducing cost, disruption and programme times.

For further information about refurbished Portakabin buildings for schools, academies and colleges, visit www.foremansbuildings.info, email info@foremansbuildings.co.uk, or call 01964 544344.

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