Portakabin group awarded £8.2m school rebuilding contracts

Portakabin group awarded £8.2m school rebuilding contracts

York-based construction specialist, the Portakabin Group, has been awarded contracts by the Department for Education to rebuild two schools in the South East worth £8.2 million.

The projects for St Bede’s Church of England Junior School in Woking and Riverview Church of England Primary School in Epsom are part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which addresses the needs of schools in the worst condition across the country.

Both buildings will be manufactured off site at the Portakabin Group’s production centre in York and will use Yorkon advanced off-site construction solutions to create outstanding environments for teaching and learning.

The approach will also cut the build programme by half to the benefit of the children’s education and reducing disruption during construction. 

Steve Newell, General Manager at the Portakabin Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to be appointed main contractor for these two projects.

“The opportunity for off-site construction to help the Department for Education improve the standard of school buildings across the UK is immense, as these projects will demonstrate.

“Our aim is to deliver education facilities of the very highest standards which are affordable, much faster to build and that radically reduce disruption to teaching during construction. We are also making excellent use of best practice architectural design and advanced construction technology, to create fantastic new buildings for current and future generations.”

Each school will have state-of-the-art education facilities to replace sub-standard accommodation in poor condition.  The designs will maximise natural light and ventilation, and feature two two-storey classroom wings.

Following completion and occupation, both of the original school buildings will then be safely demolished by the Portakabin Group.