Pop up university hub is built in central London

Portakabin has created a new modular learning hub for University College London (UCL).

The project was constructed off site within nine days of receipt of order and was installed on site in just two days.

The two-storey building will be in use for two years until a new permanent teaching space is completed. The building has a vinyl wrap finish with graphics that reflect UCL’s programme to transform its estate.

Commenting on the project, Sam Williams, Capital Projects Manager at University College London, said:

“We needed facilities of the highest standard delivered in the shortest possible timescale. This was achieved and it is an excellent, robust building which has been positively received and is being well used. The vinyl wrap has really enhanced the facility and internally we have varied room sizes to suit the type of learning – from large lectures to smaller seminar working groups.”

The learning hub accommodates a lecture theatre for up to 100 students and has three smaller seminar rooms. Portakabin supplied decking around the building, an access ramp, stairs up to the entrance, air conditioning, emergency lighting, and data communications.

The new Portakabin building is sited in a complex location within an enclosed courtyard. This required detailed logistical planning from the Portakabin hire team and great precision for the installation phase with only centimetres to spare. One of the walls also had to be fire rated to 60 minutes due to the proximity to an adjacent brick building.