Situated in the heart of the popular village of East Leake, Brookside Primary School is the latest local authority school to receive one of our market leading modular classroom facilities.
Commissioned by Nottingham County Council, via main contractor GF Tomlinson, we built, delivered and installed a 9-module building, with a combined footprint of 28m x 9.3m, which formed three new classrooms. The building includes two group rooms, three kitchenette areas, stores and toilet areas with disabled access and storage space.
Creating 260 sq m of additional teaching space, the building was designed with both the children and teachers’ needs in mind and includes all the latest energy-saving design features for optimum efficiency and low maintenance.
The original Victorian site of the school was built in 1879 and an extended block was added later. We needed to complement the unique buildings already on site and to provide a learning space which would encourage the children of Brookside Primary to live up to their own code which is to “achieve the very best that they are able to be.”
To fit with the existing architecture, the new building sits on a brick plinth and has a self-ventilating render external wall panelling system which gives a smooth and contemporary exterior finish to complement the appearance of the existing buildings. The classrooms boast the highest level of energy efficiency and were designed with a mono-pitch roof with Kingspan roof panels and Armour plan membrane.
Additional features also include Kawneer windows and doors which feature a unique thermal break system for added efficiency and the latest technologically advanced Photovoltaic solar panels attached to the roof which absorb sunlight to provide a source of self-generated electricity for all digital classroom activities. We also installed rain-censored opening roof lights to each class room and air conditioning to ensure the room temperature remains stable, whatever the weather.
As is often the case, the access and delivery was fairly complicated. The driveway was extremely tight with a lot of overhanging branches which had to be trimmed and also a gate post needed to be removed. We then had to lay a large amount of portable trackway on the existing playground to support the large crane and protect the ground.
Once this was completed, our 220-tonne mobile crane arrived with a supporting articulated lorry carrying an additional 80 tonne of ballast to be loaded on to the crane. The ballast was required as the crane had to reach nearly 40 metres to lift the first module (weighing 5.5 tonnes) in to position.
Two articulated, swan-neck, low-loader lorries ferried the 9 modules onto site over 2 days. We decided to do this over a couple of days due to the length of time it takes to rig-up the crane and the chance of windy weather which would reduce the ability to lift the modules in over the existing school building. Luckily, we were blessed with good weather and all went well.
The project was timed to co-incide with the school holidays so as to minimise on site working time and disruption to the functioning of the school.
All in all, the school was delighted with the new building and the pupils and teaching staff are already enjoying the new space which is enabling the pupils to thrive and succeed in their learning.