We’ve just put the finishing touches to our second modular build for Nottingham County Council, this time for Carlton Central Junior School. We used our new process of cold-formed steel (CFS) frame construction on this project, a process that provides an extended structural guarantee giving our modular classrooms a 60-year structural guarantee.
The four-bay modular unit has created a new 11m x 7m classroom, providing the teachers and pupils with an additional 77m2 teaching area. We’ve added toilets and a small kitchen area as well as a plant room. Alongside the usual finishes we’ve added details such as aluminium window frames, insulated and cladded walls and ceiling and we have also installed air conditioning and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, which supply the energy for hot water.
The installation of the classroom at Carlton Central threw up a number of access challenges that meant arranging a Sunday morning road closure. This then allowed us to use a crane to lift the building into position more easily.
We moved quickly on the build and delivery of this project which was completed within 12 weeks from the start of manufacture to handover and was in place in time for the start of the new school term.
Commenting on the delivering of the new classroom for Carlton, AVDanzer’s Helen Scott said: “To secure a repeat order from Nottingham Council was great news and we are really pleased that we have been able to utilise our new CFS system on this project. We have carefully developed this system to ensure it exceeds the highest current industry standards. It also provides exceptional cost savings as the materials used are up to 30% lighter than the traditional hot rolled steel structures.”
The new standard of manufacture can be used in the production of the largest modular buildings and will enable architects to make the very most of limited spaces by creating significant volumes of additional vertical space.
Alongside the significant cost saving the CFS also means significant material savings and consequently lower transportation costs, contributing towards the production of an even more sustainable building.