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Green goals scored by modular school extension

An off-site construction specialist claims to have completed the first modular school building in the UK to incorporate biomass heating and passive ventilation.

Yorkon, part of the Portakabin group, completed the extension of Bewdley High School and Sixth Form Centre for Worcestershire County Council.

The new two storey block provides 12 general classrooms for the school’s English, Modern Languages and Humanities faculties, two science laboratories, a creative area and offices. It will allow the school to take on an additional 360 pupils.

The building was manufactured off site in York, which meant the programme time was just 22 weeks.

Dermot Galvin, Project Architect at Worcestershire County Council, said, 'The primary driver for the decision to use off-site construction for this project was time, which was critical to ensure the new facility would be ready in time to take the additional intake of pupils.

”Their team has added value to the scheme and had the flexibility to meet our specific requirements, which included a number of bespoke elements.”

A total of 60 steel-framed modules were craned into position complete with windows and partitions pre-installed in the factory.

Bespoke design features included the biomass boiler to minimise carbon emissions and passive ventilation in line with the county council's policy to naturally ventilate all its school buildings.

Julie Reilly, the school’s head teacher, said: 'The modular approach is a very good method of construction for schools as it limits the disruption to learning because of the speed of assembly.
“The building will be easy to expand and the design is sufficiently flexible to meet the changing needs of our students and curriculum development.'