Leytonstone School – Leytonstone

  • Client – Bouygues UK
  • Project size – 572m²
  • Modules – 17
  • Completion – 9 weeks
  • Temporary Specialist CDT Facility
  • 17 No. Modules installed on Jackpad Foundations 

Leytonstone School is a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school, serving a truly multi-cultural community. The school required extra space for a specialist Craft Design Technology (CDT) facility. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to provide a 2 storey, 17 No. module hire building to be used as the specialist Classroom block.

Externally, the structure was built onto Jackpad foundations which leave little to no damage to the existing concrete base. The CDT facility featured Plastisol (plastic coated steel) external wall cladding, fascia and rainwater goods. Composite steel external entrance & fire exit doors, 2 No. entrance/exit ramps to ground floor doors, 36 No. double-glazed UPVC windows with restricted opening to 100mm and standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems completed the exterior of the building.

Internally on the ground floor of the Leytonstone School temporary building is a Year 7 classroom, CDT Prep room, 2 No. CDT Classrooms, a CDT shared Store room, 8 No. WC’s and a linking Corridor. A single-storey covered external straight staircase with half-landing and place of safety on the top landing via a slip-resistant covering and high contrast nosing links to the first floor of the structure. This floor features 2 No. large 74m² Design Studios.

Polysafe slip resistant vinyl was fitted as flooring throughout. PIR lighting was installed in the WC’s for improved sustainability, along with Heat & Cool air conditioning, 3.5kN/m² floor loading, a 2.7m internal ceiling height, pin boards in each classroom, cream vertical window blinds and oak veneered internal doors to complete the design features.

The delivery and installation of the modules were completed during the October half-term, which nullified any disturbance to the school. The full project was designed, manufactured and installed in just 9 weeks. Leytonstone School hired the building for 52 weeks and once this period had ended, Module-AR Limited collected the modules without hassle and without leaving any damage or disturbance to the nearby buildings or foundations.

Words from the client

Written in the school’s newsletter were these kind words: “In October, the new home of Technology arrived on enormous lorries. A 2 storey temporary accommodation, comprised of 17 separate pieces, was placed in the school playground in spectacular fashion, and surprisingly delicately hoisted into place by a crane and expert crew!

As students left school for the Christmas holidays, staff and a team from the Council were busy transporting all of the required equipment and belongings into the newly installed accommodation next door, and this was ready for lessons when school resumed in January.

Staff and students alike agree that the building is extraordinary in comparison considering its impact from the outside. With a relatively small section of the playground being used to house the building, the size of the classrooms are surprisingly large – giving rise to it being compared to Doctor Who’s Tardis by some!

Despite the new Classrooms being a temporary space, there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of teaching space. The old Technology Block had only 4 classes in the building (2 of which were workshops) and was cramped and dark; and having to house multiple machines, equipment, computers and drawing desks in a very small space had taken its toll. The temporary block now provides 2 No. large Design Studios upstairs, 2 No. Technology workshops, a general teaching classroom, preparation/storage rooms and toilets. The rooms are bright and spacious, and have already been equipped with many brand new machines, tools and classroom equipment that will be used in the new building once it is completed.

This improvement in facilities has already made a positive impact on students, with an increase in numbers opting to take Resistant Materials or Graphics as a GCSE subject from September. We hope that this trend continues, especially once the department is housed in its new permanent home next year!”