Parish CoE Temporary Classrooms – Bromley

  • Client – London Borough of Bromley
  • Project size – 505m²
  • Modules – 17
  • Factory build – 2 weeks
  • Installation – 2 days
  • Completion – 6 weeks
  • Temporary Classroom Facility
  • Erected whilst permanent Classroom Building was constructed

Parish Church of England Primary School is a 2 Form Entry Primary School for children between the age of 4-11 set in 5 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Bromley town centre. The mansion building housing much of the school dates back to 1770’s and the school itself, which has previously occupied other sites is probably the oldest educational establishment in the borough, tracing its history back to 1717. The London Borough of Bromley were seeking to expand Parish CoE Primary School, in order to address the bulge of children coming in to the education stream, from a 2 Form of Entry to a 3 Form of Entry. Module-AR Limited were awarded the contract to demolish 4 No. existing dilapidated ‘mobile’ classrooms (including the controlled removal of asbestos) to make way for a new permanent purpose-built 12  No. Classroom facility. 8 No. Temporary Classrooms were also provided for the full duration, decanting pupils temporarily whilst the building work took place.

The Temporary Classrooms Facility was hired for 26 weeks in total and featured 8 No. Classrooms, 2 No. Store rooms, a Lobby and WC’s. The structure features Plastisol (plastic coated steel) external walls & fascia, steel columns & external doors with canopies, aluminium lockable windows with restrictors, 2.7m high internal ceilings, Gradus Latour carpet tiled flooring and standalone fire alarm & intruder alarm systems.

The Temporary Classrooms were installed in just 2 days which is a remarkable task considering the extremely limited space for Module-AR Limited to deliver the building.

Once the demolition of the existing dilapidated structures had taken place, Module-AR were able to design, manufacture and install a permanent 26 No. module single-storey building covering a footprint of over 1,000m². For more information on the permanent build, please click on this link – Parish C of E Primary School Case Study. Once the permanent new school building was completed, the Temporary Classrooms were removed from the lands with minimal disruption or fuss – allowing Parish CoE Primary School to make the transition from temporary building to permanent modular solution.

Words from the client

Mr Hilary Richardson, Headteacher at Parish CoE Primary School, commented: “Module-AR have provided Parish CoE Primary School, Bromley with a fine new 12 Classroom block to complete its expansion to 3 forms of entry and replace some dilapidated building stock.

From the start of the project, the company provided a first-class professional service.  The work has been completed on time to a high professional standard and within costs.  The most important aspect from an educational point of view is that everything has been achieved without any disruption to the day-to-day educational running of the school.

I would certainly recommend Module-AR to anyone involved in the consideration of a new-build school project.

Alongside this fantastic reference from the School’s Headteacher, the Senior Project Manager at the London Borough of Bromley Mr Simon Goodburn also commented: “The School, following sanction by the Secretary of State, agreed to expand their existing accommodation to provide an additional 1 Form of Entry, from 2 to 3 classes per year group.

The Local Authority in joint collaboration with the School and design team comprising Keegans Ltd and cost consultants Mott MacDonald undertook a competitive tendering exercise following comprehensive design and consultation work including planning consent.

Following Executive Member Approval, the Authority appointed the successful tendered Module-AR Ltd to progress the provision of a detached modular building to include the 12 No. new classrooms, toilet accommodation and group rooms in line with the designs and planning consents already obtained.

Under a JCT 2011 Design and Build Contract Module-AR Ltd appointed their own in-house designers, contracts manager and construction delivery team, with the module units being manufactured in their own facility near Hull, East Yorkshire. The project was to be delivered in time for the start of the new academic year with demolition of 3 No. mobile blocks and 1 steel framed 2 storey block. The removal of hazardous asbestos from the 2 storey block as well as providing 8 No. Temporary Classrooms for the decanted children for a term was included within the package of works. The logistics involved in coordinating this work via a restricted access with listed brick piers either side was to be a challenge, and an occupied site during School term time presented additional hazards that any experiences contractor would find problematic.

I am pleased to write however, that the School took possession of a fully functional new build at the start of the new term. The on-site communication with the School was exemplary and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ management of materials, plant, goods and operatives was particularly well done with very little disruption to the School throughout the full 30 week contract.

The School have ended up with a fantastic new facility which offers a bright, open and spacious accommodations, aesthetically sitting comfortably against the historic mansion house. Module-AR Ltd as a main contractor provided a no-fuss approach to this build, providing regular updates to the School and Authority Client Team. They dealt with issues promptly and have successfully delivered the contract on time and within budget. A good news story all round and we sincerely thank everyone who took part in the process.