We kind of guessed that with a name like ‘The Charles Dickens School’ our latest modular building project might have a bit of history attached to it. However, we were very surprised to find that during excavations the archaeology team found the remains of medieval chalk footings.

Senior Archaeology Officer for Southwark Council, Chris Constable said: “This is a chalk footing for a pre-16th century building which was found at about 1.5m below the surface. It will be protected in situ by overlaying it with a terram membrane and 75-100mm sand blinding, to prevent the poured concrete adhering to the chalk. In this way it can be retrieved intact by a future archaeologist, by breaking out the concrete without damaging the chalk.”

The Charles Dickens Primary School, is on Toulin Street, Southwark, London and is part of a £750,000 commission by the London Borough of Southwark.

Our manufacturing unit in Nottingham has produced a double modular classroom which will be clad with horizontal site-fixed cedar cladding, featuring a large decking area and a canopy clad with a green ‘sedum’ roof. The building is due to be completed in October.

Southwark Planners required an archaeologist to be appointed to keep a watching brief on the excavations and report on any archaeological findings as the site is in an archaeological ‘hot spot’, going back to Neolithic times.