Foremans awarded £1.6M contract to use recycled building modules to expand top secondary school


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, a member of the Portakabin Group and the UK’s largest supplier of refurbished Portakabin buildings, has been awarded a £1.6 million contract to build a purpose-designed sixth form centre at Higham Lane School in Nuneaton.

Higham Lane is the joint highest-performing state-funded secondary school in Warwickshire, and has performed within the top 100 of all secondary schools in England.  The new building, which is now under construction by Foremans, will allow the school to provide a high quality, direct, post-16 progression route for its students for the first time, maintaining standards and outcomes far above national levels.

The sixth form centre will be built by Foremans using 52 recycled and refurbished steel-framed modules. The two-storey building will be delivered in less than six months from receipt of order to be open in time for the school’s first intake of sixth form students in September this year. Cranage of the refurbished modular structure is being timed for the school holidays to minimise any disruption to teaching.

This is Foremans’ 11th school project with education construction consultants Surveyors to Education who are designers and contract administrators for the scheme.

The building will feature large amounts of glazing for a high level of natural light, with brick cladding to complement neighbouring facilities, and areas of bright red rainscreen cladding to reflect the school’s colours.

Commenting on the project, Ben Elliott, Director of Corporate Services at Higham Lane School said, “There is a shortage of quality sixth form provision in our area and feedback from students has indicated a strong preference to stay on and study for A-levels at Higham Lane School.”

“The Foremans pre-owned approach offers us significant benefits – it is very cost effective and the building will look brand new once it is completed. It is giving us more certainty to have the new sixth form up and running by September because the majority of fitting out takes place off site. Knowing that Foremans is a member of the Portakabin Group gave us even greater peace of mind along with their excellent relationship with Surveyors to Education.”

Martin Hier, Director at Surveyors to Education said, “The school wants this to be a statement building which will also blend in well with existing facilities. It is designed to meet the specific requirements of sixth form learning, which includes teaching spaces to accommodate smaller groups.”

“We have a strong and long-standing relationship with the Foremans team and enjoy pushing the boundaries on each new education scheme we collaborate on. We take a standard building solution and enhance it to meet the school’s requirements – whether that is for aesthetics or as here, specific classroom sizes.”

“We would definitely recommend recycled modular buildings to other schools and colleges. The approach is very sustainable because we are re-using an existing building structure – which is still in perfect condition, and at the same time we can reduce lead times and carbon emissions. Foremans modular buildings are also really flexible so layouts can be reconfigured to meet changing local needs.”

The Higham Lane sixth form centre will accommodate up to 300 16-19 year-old students and will have 17 seminar rooms, an art room, two science laboratories, and common room with café area.

Foremans’ 10 previous projects with Surveyors to Education have included a two-storey school complex at Billingbrook School in Northampton and a single-storey community college building with five classrooms and an IT hub at Winstanley College in Wigan.

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Portakabin delivers complete interim primary school in just 14 weeks

Portakabin, the UK’s leading supplier of interim modular buildings, has successfully constructed and handed over a complete new 300-pupil interim primary school in Devon in less than four months.

Working in partnership with architects and project managers, Atkins, Portakabin provided more than 1,200sqm of primary teaching accommodation for the relocation of Dartington Primary School. The scheme will be in use for the next two years and was configured as 13 school buildings and three toilet blocks with disabled access.

The project was delivered on time in a challenging timescale despite exceptionally high levels of rainfall during the programme, and the green field site immediately adjacent to the original school was highly constrained which made the building installation phase more complex.

The modular buildings have been configured to create a village feel and a welcoming environment for children with imaginative age and function-related play zones. Facilities include a kitchen fitted out with the school’s own equipment, a music room, library, pre-school nursery, 11 classrooms, and an administrative building for the staff room, head teacher’s office, general offices, sick bay, toilets and school reception.

Jill Mahon, Head Teacher at Dartington Primary School, said, “We are very happy with the buildings. The classrooms respond to the needs of the children and promote the flow of learning. The teaching areas have been configured in clusters to provide learning that is appropriate for each key stage and so that children can interact and learn from and with each other.”

“The classrooms are light, airy and calming with a friendly, positive feel. Everything on the new site works really well for our school and our style of learning. Other teaching professionals who have visited have also been very impressed.”

“Externally the layout of the buildings has been carefully designed so our children can learn outside the classrooms as well as inside. The whole interim school was constructed very easily and the area will be turned back into a field when we move to our permanent school. Parents really are amazed by the quality of the facilities and cannot believe these are interim buildings.”

Kevin Presland, Principal Architect and Project Manager at Atkins said, “Portakabin offered us the solution which would provide the least possible disruption to the school and I am pleased to report this has been successfully achieved and in a really ambitious timescale.”

“The buildings are flexible in their design and address the school’s specific requirements. We worked really well in partnership with the Portakabin team to find the optimum building solution and valued their fast and responsive approach to help us meet the urgent need for these facilities.”

The buildings arrived on site around 80 per cent fitted out, with partitions, plumbing and electrics pre-installed to reduce lead times. All internal fitting out was carried out by Portakabin and included provision of magnetic white boards for visual learning displays, access ramps, entrance canopies, and security and data communications.

The provision of high quality interim teaching accommodation allows schools and LEAs to react quickly to local needs and to provide alternative facilities for pupils when it is necessary for building projects to continue during term time.  By providing classrooms of the very highest standards and with a design life of at least 60 years, buildings from Portakabin help to ensure that there is no compromise on the quality of the learning environment.

As at Dartington Primary School, the facilities can be configured and fitted out to the exact requirements of each individual school – as learning clusters, standalone teaching blocks and generously-sized, light, modern classrooms. The buildings can be linked to existing facilities; the floor area can be increased or reduced in line with local demographic needs, and the accommodation can remain in use for as long as needed.

For further information about interim education buildings for primary and secondary schools, visit, email or call 0845 401 0010.


The Portakabin Group achieves UK construction first with new contract


The Portakabin Group has been awarded the £14 million design and build contract for the UK’s first university technical college (UTC) to be built off site.

 Opening in September 2016, the Global Academy will provide academic and vocational training for 14-19 year olds who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industries.

Designed by the Portakabin Group and architects Surface to Air, the building has a forward-thinking, innovative design to reflect the creative ethos of the new Global Academy.

Advanced off-site technology using a Yorkon building solution from the Portakabin Group will seamlessly integrate both modular and site-based construction.  A significant proportion of the work will be completed off site at the Portakabin Group factory in York in order to meet the challenging programme for completion in time for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The technically-complex building is also designed to deliver a demanding acoustic specification for the broadcast studios, with triple glazing and specially-engineered air conditioning.

Commenting on the project, Simon Ambler, Director of the Portakabin Group said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the UK’s first UTC to be built off site. This is part of a really exciting regeneration scheme, which will create a landmark education facility to give young people fantastic, practical training for the broadcast and digital media industries.”

“This is a hugely significant project for the construction sector.  It demonstrates the architectural flexibility of a highly engineered Yorkon off-site solution from the Portakabin Group and how an outstanding building design can successfully integrate different construction methods. It also illustrates really well how we can deliver an inspiring, animated and intelligent building in a very short timescale and on a highly complex site.”


The Global Academy will house a sports hall, theatres and a cinema, which will be linked to a four-storey modular building by a dynamic, full-height central atrium space. There will be extensive facilities for TV and radio broadcasting, including radio studios, TV studios, flexible teaching spaces, informal learning zones to facilitate interaction, a café and dining area.

The scheme is being constructed by the Portakabin Group on the heritage brownfield site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The site will also require the Portakabin Group to carry out complex groundworks, extensive excavations for district heating, and the construction of a new sub-station.

University technical colleges are technical secondary schools for 14 to 19 year olds, teaching the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.  They offer a broad curriculum that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning.  UTCs use the latest equipment and technology to provide an environment where students can thrive and develop the skills employers need. The governing body of each UTC is controlled by a business sponsor and a university.

For further information about Yorkon off-site building solutions from the Portakabin Group for primary, secondary and further education, call 0845 2000 123, email or visit


Preferred bidder for £28 million of school contracts in Surrey and Kent

The Portakabin Group has been announced as preferred bidder for seven infant and primary school projects in Surrey and Kent. The contracts for the Department for Education will be worth in the region of £28 million. The projects will be completed by winter 2017 and constructed using a Yorkon off-site solution.

The schemes have been identified by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for delivery under the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The PSBP was established to address the needs of those schools in the worst condition across the country.

A spokesperson from the EFA confirmed, “There was very strong competition in the off-site sector for this batch of projects and the modular market has clearly risen to the challenge with more advanced technical solutions. We looked closely at design, cost, experience and management.”

Simon Ambler, Director of the Portakabin Group, “This is another milestone for the Portakabin Group and for the off-site sector. We are delighted to be able to demonstrate our ability to deliver high quality, affordable school buildings on time, on budget and to faster programmes to the benefit of children’s education. The opportunity for off-site construction to help transform the learning environment for thousands of pupils and their teachers under the Priority School Building Programme is immense.”

“Off-site construction gives schools the benefits of considerable savings on programme because the sub and super structures are delivered simultaneously; it is safer because work off site is maximised, and the approach reduces disruption – which are all clear advantages when redeveloping fully operational school sites.”

Three of the seven projects identified in the Surrey and Kent batch are now in the design stages.

The first to start on site will be Pyrford Church of England Primary School in Woking. A £5 million 2FE primary school with two ‘bulge’ classrooms will be constructed to accommodate 480 children from the start of the 2016/17 academic year. It will replace the existing single-storey school which will then be demolished.

Pyrford is a complex site which will include the retention of an existing children’s centre and nursery. The design of the new two-storey building will significantly increase the external space and access for outdoor play and learning, and high levels of natural light will provide a welcoming and bright internal environment for teaching.

For further information about Yorkon off-site building solutions from the Portakabin Group for primary and secondary education, call 0845 2000 123, email or visit


Smart-Space provides Sigma 3 with supplementary storage solution

Temporary building specialist Smart-Space has provided bespoke kitchen manufacturer Sigma 3 with a permanent steel structure to house its raw materials at its factory in Llantrisant, Wales.

As one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kitchens in the UK, Sigma 3 has a 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility complete with state-of-the-art equipment near Cardiff.

With its kitchen board stock currently stored in trailers in the yard, Sigma 3 sought to improve efficiencies by bringing the stock into one location and closer to the main building so that it could be fed directly into the cutting machines.

Smart-Space provided Sigma 3 Kitchens with a 16m by 35m Eave Mono pitch purpose-built permanent steel building. It is fitted to the adjoining workshop and has a rigid steel roof, is clad with horizontally ribbed wall panels and equipped with two roller doors for ease of loading and unloading. Smart-Space took care of the entire project from start to finish including obtaining the necessary planning permissions.

Unlike previous portable PVC alternatives, the Eave Mono pitch provides a more permanent solution that offers ideal conditions for timber storage as it is fully insulated with a 35 year rust and corrosion warranty. Its insulative properties are particularly important for keeping the wood based products dry and protected from the elements.

The new warehouse was built in stages, starting with the floor, then the walls and finally the roof. This caused minimum disruption to the kitchen manufacturer allowing the site to remain fully operational throughout the entire installation.

Sigma 3 chose Smart-Space because of its ability to provide a quick turnaround with custom-built products to meet its requirements.

“The service and communication from Smart-Space was exceptional,” said Martin Hatcher, operations manager at Sigma 3. “The fitters got on with the job, delivering a quality structure quickly and efficiently, which has provided us with a single facility for ideal timber storage.”

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Portakabin Hire announces £22M investment in new fleet


Portakabin Hire has announced a £22 million investment in new modular buildings available for hire. This is in response to the rising demand for accommodation for interim use in both the commercial and public sectors and will make the Group’s hire fleet among the newest in the UK. It will also give customers the benefit of even shorter lead times.

The £10 million first phase of the investment has already been completed and included £3 million for new double classrooms which are already helping schools and LEAs to address the urgent shortfall in teaching accommodation for primary education across the UK. The second phase of new modular buildings will be manufactured and in stock before the end of this year.

Commenting on the initiative, Robert Snook, Director and General Manager of Portakabin Hire said, “We have ambitious plans to grow the business and our continued investment in new buildings is central to that and will help us meet the increased demand for interim accommodation solutions across the UK.”

“This latest investment will enable us to offer an even better quality hire fleet that is the most modern in the UK. Our customers will also benefit from faster lead times for buildings for short-term use and with no front loading of costs to pay for manufacturing. We offer a flat rate hire cost so our customers have no capital outlay, allowing buildings to be funded cost effectively out of revenue budgets.”

In addition to the fleet expansion, Portakabin has an ongoing programme of investment in its Hire Centre estate. This will enable it to service the needs of local organisations and businesses more effectively, and the requirements of major projects nationwide. New initiatives include a new Hire Centre in Coventry, the relocation of the Crawley Hire Centre to a much larger site at Lingfield as well as new covered workshops and stores buildings in Merseyside and in Oldham.

With the widest Hire and Visitor Centre network in the UK, Portakabin Hire is well placed to meet the most challenging timescales – 80 per cent of its buildings are delivered within 14 days and some within just 24 hours.

The business also commits to visiting every customer within 24 hours of initial contact if requested, to providing a 24-hour service, seven days a week and to completing every project on time and on budget.

Portakabin Hire can deliver both specially-designed projects and standardised accommodation solutions, on sites with restricted or difficult access, with much less disruption than site-based construction and with less impact on the environment. Applications are diverse and include open plan office accommodation, security buildings, canteens, training suites, schools, shower and changing rooms, health clinics and decant ward buildings.

These facilities can be supplied and installed just days from receipt of order complete with energy-efficient comfort heating and cooling, heat recovery ventilation, specialist furniture and fittings, security and fire prevention systems, integrated data communications, access ramps, and entrance canopies. Modular buildings can also be clad, and easily extended, reconfigured or relocated to meet an organisation’s changing needs.

For further information about modular buildings for interim and emergency applications, visit, email or call 0845 401 0010.




The best buildings ‘Barr none’


AG Barr, the soft drinks business responsible for well-known brands such as the iconic IRN-BRU, Rubicon exotic juice drinks, Strathmore spring water, Tizer and the distribution of Rockstar energy drinks in the UK, has chosen two buildings from Portakabin Hire to provide highly flexible office space inside its new manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes.

AG Barr has been making, moving, marketing and selling some of the UK’s best-loved soft drinks brands for over 140 years. The company employs approximately 1,000 people and operates from nine sites across the UK with an annual turnover of £260 million in 2014. Barr’s £41 million state-of-the-art production, warehousing and distribution centre at Milton Keynes operates a high-tech canning and carton production facility with the capacity to produce 400 million cans and 40 million cartons a year.

The company has now hired its second Portakabin Solus building to provide flexible office and meeting space on the shop floor for the next three years.

Both buildings were delivered in a month or less from contract award, and each has been ‘wrapped’ in the company’s statement drinks branding to fit in with the manufacturing facility’s high-tech appearance. The first building features the distinctive ‘Rockstar’ branding and the second is a ‘Rubicon’ drinks vinyl wrap. The resulting facilities are striking and lively additions to the production centre.

Commenting on the company’s requirement, Tim Stacey, Factory Manager at AG Barr Milton Keynes, said, “We had a need for office and meeting space on the shop floor but because the manufacturing facility is still very new and growing, it is impossible to predict what our office requirements will be in three or four years’ time. We wanted an office solution that we could extend or move around if we need to and which can be adapted to meet the company’s changing needs. A Portakabin Hire building gives us far more flexibility.”

“The Portakabin Hire team was very responsive and it is great to have the option to personalise the buildings with our branding. The wraps were very straightforward and complement our modern production facilities really well. We are very happy with these two buildings and with how Portakabin has helped us meet our operational needs.”


Both buildings were installed inside the distribution centre in a challenging operation and without the use of any vehicles.

Portakabin Solus buildings are available to hire or buy and provide bright, self-contained executive office space for up to six people. Each building is delivered complete with data connection points, heating and lighting, and large windows to maximise natural light. It is available in a range of sizes up to 36m2 and can be linked to create larger complexes or two-storey facilities.

Vinyl wraps are low maintenance finishes which are now available for Portakabin modular and portable buildings.   They are simple to install and remove, and can totally transform the appearance of a building. Strong corporate branding, company logos and eye-catching graphics designed for maximum impact can turn a facility for short-term use into a valuable market asset or statement.   Murals and more subtle colour schemes can be used to blend an interim scheme into its surrounding environment and can help secure planning approval in environmentally-sensitive locations.

Other options to help integrate and equip facilities for short-term use include:

  • Canopies and shelters to create sheltered waiting, social and seating zones
  • Covered walkways which can be curved, high barrel, low barrel or flat
  • Free-standing outdoor structures with glass, polycarbonate or coloured architectural fabric roofs for waiting, meeting or socialising
  • Cycle storage
  • Smoking shelters
  • Street furniture such as litter bins, benches, picnic tables, bollards and barriers.

Applications for interim modular buildings for manufacturing companies are diverse and include office accommodation, meeting rooms, security buildings, canteens, training suites, and shower and changing rooms. The facilities can be supplied and installed just days from receipt of order complete with fire and alarm systems, access ramps and furnishings, and can remain in use for as long as required. Buildings provided on hire can also be funded from revenue streams, reducing capital costs and outlay. 

For further information about interim buildings, visit, email or call 0845 401 0010.


Leading Foundation Trust chooses Yorkon off-site solution


Frimley Park Hospital chose a Yorkon off-site building solution from the Portakabin Group for a new 34-bed emergency care ward to help address the increased pressure on health services particularly during peak periods.

The two-storey ward building which provides beds for critical and elderly care was handed over after just four months on site. The use of off-site construction ensured any disruption to the hospital was kept to an absolute minimum and radically reduced the programme time to allow earlier occupation to the benefit of the local community.

Frimley Park Hospital, part of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, was the first hospital in the UK to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. It serves around 400,000 local people in Surrey, Hampshire and East Berkshire and has experienced significant increases in GP referrals and emergency medical admissions.

The new ward building has expanded capacity and was manufactured and partially fitted out off site in York which cut the programme time by around half compared to site-based building methods.

Commenting on the use of a Yorkon off-site solution, Greg Hinde, Capital Project Manager at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said, “Speed was the principal driver for choosing modular building for this scheme. Site-based construction just would not have enabled us to have the building up and running as quickly. The new wards have been well received by staff and patients. We think the design of the work stations within the bed-bay areas works particularly well and facilitates patient contact. The overall design and layout is very open and spacious, and provides a fantastic environment for patient care and for staff to work in.”

“The team at the Portakabin Group was great to work with and we would not hesitate to recommend this approach to other trusts needing to expand capacity, quickly and cost effectively.”

Simon Ambler, Director of the Portakabin Group, said, “The pressure on health services and particularly on emergency care units continues to rise year on year. As a result, we are seeing increased demand for a range of healthcare buildings – wards, theatres and diagnostic facilities, which are being strategically planned by trusts anticipating their needs for the coming winter months and peak periods.”

“These buildings are complex, specialist and highly serviced facilities required to expand capacity on typically extremely constrained hospital sites. These requirements are increasingly being met using off-site solutions – in up to half the time of site-based building methods, with much less disruption to patient care, greater certainty of completion on budget and on programme, and to stringent quality and NHS standards.”

Facilities in the new building at Frimley Park Hospital include single en-suite rooms and six to nine-bed wards, clean and dirty utilities, kitchenettes, staff rooms, offices and stores. Externally it was finished in light grey with a dark grey trim and it has a flush, column-free façade.

The use of an off-site solution for this ward building also helped to address the site challenges. This was a highly restricted, sloping site in close proximity to other hospital facilities which had to remain in use throughout the construction programme. A retaining wall was constructed as the site sits lower than the adjacent road – and this blue light route had to have access for emergency vehicles maintained at all times.

The pre-installed Yorkon concrete floor system was specified throughout the building for a robust and high performance finish. The new wards are linked to an existing ward building at both ground and first floor levels which required precision engineering of the steel-framed modules.

The Portakabin Group has an extensive track record in the healthcare sector, having completed a wide variety of bespoke building projects using Yorkon off-site solutions, including ward extensions, self-contained theatre blocks, emergency care units, haemodialysis centres, offices, community clinics, and complete hospitals, delivering all the advantages of off-site construction.

For further information about Yorkon off-site building solutions for hospitals and clinics, call 0845 2000 123, email or visit


The Portakabin Group hands over research facility to The University of Warwick


The Portakabin Group has handed over a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art research facility, constructed using a Yorkon off-site solution, for the new International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing at WMG at the University of Warwick – the first institute of its kind in the world.

 The off-site approach radically reduced the programme time to just 14 weeks on site, which is several months less than originally envisaged.

 The new institute develops innovative manufacturing technologies to enable industry to make large-scale nanocomposite parts for products in sectors such as telecommunications, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, security and medicine. A team of 50 nanocomposite researchers works from the building on research projects with other academic groups and partners from industry, both in the UK and internationally.

Designed by Cullinan Studio, the two-storey £2.3m scheme was manufactured off site at the Portakabin Group’s production centre in York and craned into position as 28 steel-framed Yorkon modules with fume cupboards and extraction system pre-installed for the laboratory areas. The exterior walls of the modules have been arranged to create a dust-free, clean and easy-to-maintain environment for nanocomposite testing.

The building houses advanced R&D facilities with highly complex M&E services and extensive use of renewable technologies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. It has three laboratories with factory-installed Yorkon high-performance concrete floors and full height uPVC hygienic wall linings. There is a 9m high central processing hall with an in-situ poured concrete floor to support specialist equipment; offices and an open plan research space. A swipe-card access control system has been installed to each room for security purposes.

Steve Walker, Senior Project Manager at the University of Warwick, said, “Considering the extremely challenging timescale we were working to for this project, the whole process was made very straightforward for us. We needed the facility to be up and running as fast as possible and this was achieved.”


“The laboratories are spacious and the performance of the building overall has exceeded our expectations. It is as good as any site-based building project. Off-site construction suits nanocomposite manufacturing very well and we would definitely recommend the Yorkon approach.”

Wen Quek, Project Architect at Cullinan Studio, said, “The use of a Yorkon off-site solution was an ideal choice for this project because it is fast, efficient and cost effective. We were also impressed with the sustainability advantages of the approach, particularly the fact that it produces up to 90 per cent less waste to landfill than on-site building methods and uses less embodied energy.”

This highly sustainable facility benefits from a number of renewable technologies that generate 18.9 per cent of its annual energy requirement. These include:

  • 100m2 of photovoltaic roof panels which will produce around 11,400kWh per year and save in excess of 6,000kg of carbon emissions
  • Very efficient low temperature hot water (LTHW) inverter-driven heat pumps to heat the process hall
  • Highly efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) inverter-driven heat pumps to heat and cool the laboratories, offices and meeting rooms.

Other energy efficiency features include:

  • Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) for all air supply systems to recover 80 per cent of the heat from extracted air and reduce heating requirements
  • Daylight dimming of lighting with occupancy sensors to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting and maximise energy efficiency
  • Gas and electricity meters linked to the building management system with ‘out of range’ reporting if consumption exceeds pre-determined limits
  • Power factor control equipment to ensure that electrical consumption is as efficient as possible
  • Automatic window ventilators in the process hall for cooling during the summer months to help maintain a controlled and comfortable internal environment.

Externally, the scheme has secondary perforated cladding for a high-tech appearance, and a feature mono-pitch roof. Portakabin provided a full service for this scheme including design and construction, module manufacture, fitting out, landscaping and car parking. 

The Portakabin Group’s Yorkon off-site building solutions offer unrivalled aesthetic flexibility and give building designers the benefit of thousands of module configurations and permutations to meet almost any design brief, site and building footprint. The approach is also highly sustainable because it reduces the number of vehicle movements to site by around 90 per cent, and there are fewer internal columns to facilitate space planning and any future reconfiguration required to meet the organisation’s changing needs.

For further information about Yorkon off-site building solutions, call 0845 2000 123, email or visit


Record year for McAvoy Group

Permanent modular construction specialists, The McAvoy Group are poised for a record-breaking year with around £75m worth of projects in the pipeline for 2015.

McAvoy which uses off-site methods of construction to deliver fast track, eco-friendly projects, confirmed it had been awarded preferred bidder status on 12 new contracts in the education sector in Britain and Ireland.

McAvoy was named as a principal contractor earlier this year under the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework and funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to build nine new schools.

These new permanent school buildings, due for completion from the second half of 2015 through to the first half of 2016, are located across Greater London and the South of England.

The contracts comprise a range of Primary and Post Primary facilities with individual project values ranging from £2m to £17m.

Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough, is to get a new 9,000m2 school enabling it to expand its current education provision into Key Stage 3 and 4.

Goresbrook School is an all through school for pupils aged 3-18 in Dagenham, London to be developed on the site of an existing leisure centre. The scheme comprises the design and build of both a new primary and a new secondary school, the retention and refurbishment of the existing sports hall along with demolition of the remainder of the existing leisure facility structure.

Other school projects include Meridian Angel Primary School in Edmonton, London a purpose-built educational facility which will have Primary, Secondary and Special Education provision and, Salisbury Sixth Form College where growing pupil demand has fuelled an immediate need for a bigger, modern facility.

Another contract awarded as part of the EFA bundle is a project at The Rise School which is co-located with Feltham Community College in Hounslow, London. This new co-educational special school caters for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and is run by the Autism Schools’ Trust.

EFA is also funding Walthamstow Academy, London, which is to be a new two-form entry co-educational post primary school.

A number of the contracts planned for delivery in 2015 are the result of successes under other Frameworks including:

The Crypt School project, awarded through Gloucester County Council’s select list and the construction of two permanent modular buildings at the current site of The Greville Primary School, awarded through the Hampshire and Surrey framework.

Kildare Educate Together National School opened in 2012 in temporary accommodation and has since been approved for funding for a new 16 classroom school building. The contract was awarded to a subsidiary company by the Department for Education and Skills through the Rapid Build Framework.