Vermuyden High School – Goole

  • Client – East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Project size – 950m²
  • Modules – 27
  • Completion – 13 weeks
  • Temporary Teaching Accommodation
  • 950m² Footprint
  • 10 No. Classrooms, Offices, Store rooms, WC’s

As part of a £15 million pound school facelift, Module-AR Limited were awarded with the contract to provide temporary buildings & teaching accommodation to house Music, Art, History, RE as well as Music Rehearsal Rooms and Temporary Office Space for staff at Vermuyden High School, Goole. The 950m² single storey temporary building was designed to accommodate 300 pupils for a period of 18 months.

The 10 No. Classroom, 27 No. module single-storey hire building features GRP (glass reinforced plastic) cladding with Plastisol (plastic coated steel) fascia, plinth and entrance door canopy. An entrance door ramps & steps, UPVC lockable windows with restrictors and steel columns & external doors with multi point locking were also installed off-site.

Inside the Vermuyden High School hire building is a Music Practice room, 3 No. dedicated Music rooms, 2 No. Art rooms with IT workstations, an Art Store room, 5 No. History/MFL rooms with IT workstations, a general Classroom, 2 No. Offices, WC’s, a general Store room and a large single Corridor. To assist with the acoustic levels to both the music rooms and rehearsal spaces, the internal walls to these areas were designed to achieve a higher acoustic reduction of 45dB. Anti-vandal features were fitted to the pupil toilets such as PIR lights instead of pull-cords, boxed-in pipework, lights with safety guards, vanity style sinks set in worktops, no mirrors or toilet seat covers.

Additional items installed were standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems, window guards & blinds, classrooms furniture, interactive whiteboards, ceiling-mounted overhead projectors, maglocks to corridor doors, 2.7m high internal ceilings and a combination of Polysafe Standard XL vinyl and Primavera Xtra carpet tiled flooring.

Module-AR Limited delivered and installed the building in just 2 days, out of school hours, which greatly minimised disturbance to the school, minimised the amount of site traffic and greatly improved the safety to all school pupils and staff. In total the project was manufactured and completed in just 13 weeks which is a 50% reduction in time compared to traditional construction methods.

Words from the client

The Vermuyden High School temporary building was a resounding success drawing quotes from Head Teacher, Danuta Tomasz: “The building gives the school an air of professionalism and reflects what we do. The temporary building is a proper school, it is just moved into a different place. It makes it a safer, happier place for students. Step inside our temporary classrooms which are now in situ at the Boothferry Road side of the school and be transported into a modern, bright and hi-tech world of education.”

Deputy Headteacher, Dave Flowitt, stated:The classrooms in the temporary block are twice the size of the old block. We wanted it to be better than a temporary fix and it has worked. You would never know you were in a temporary building. Upon opening of the new facility there was a real buzz by pupils and staff who were all very excited and really loved the new temporary classrooms.

Jill Bristow, School Business Manager, explained: “Everyone who has seen the new block has been impressed with the overall quality and the facilities it provides. It was critical to the success of our refurbishment programme that the modular buildings arrived out of hours so minimal disruption was caused. Timely delivery was absolutely essential and the service by Module-AR was first-rate with all the modules being delivered exactly when needed. The portable buildings have been specifically designed to provide a high-quality teaching environment with good ventilation and excellent energy efficiency as well as high levels of natural light. In most cases the new classrooms are twice the size and a big improvement on our old ones.