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16 September 2013

Recycled Modular Building Creates New Activity Space for Specialist Centre


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK's largest supplier of refurbished Portakabin buildings, has completed a new facility to meet the increased demand for a specialist charity.

FiND2 in Beverley, East Yorkshire, offers day services for young adults with learning disabilities and autism and demand for places is growing. Foremans worked with the charity to help meet its tight budget for new facilities as part of its on-going commitment to supporting local community initiatives.

The new scheme has provided an extension to the Belprin Road centre. Features include a kitchen where students who are developing skills they may need for living away from the family home can learn to cook and use household appliances. The main room will be used for a range of activities for the students, mostly aged between 16 and 30, such as creative arts and fitness.

FiND2 Manager Louise Thompson said, "The building is fantastic and we are really happy with it - it is exactly what we wanted. We also received great support from Foremans from the initial stages of the project to handover, and in developing the design to our exact requirements."

Mike Williams, Managing Director of Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, said, "We were happy to support this local charity to help it expand its very worthwhile activities in East Yorkshire.  This is a good example of how we could work with an inspiring organisation in our region, and offer some financial support and our expertise in design and construction to develop a really excellent facility for young people."

There are currently 24 young adults using the centre but the number will now grow in line with the additional capacity.

Foremans specialises in recycling and 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 the Foremans approach to modular construction 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.

Editor's Notes

1.     Foremans offers the UK's largest selection of refurbished Portakabin buildings available from stock.  It provides a nationwide service from its 30,000sqm production centre in East Yorkshire and its southern operational centre in Hemel Hempstead.

2.     Foremans has a full range of construction services, including planning advice and submissions, Building Regulations approvals, funding options, and all aspects of the building design, space planning, project management, ground works, fitting out, delivery, site installation, testing and commissioning.

3.     Foremans is part of the Portakabin Group.

4.     Foremans, Portakabin and Portakabin Group are registered trademarks.