Portakabin delivers complete interim primary school in just 14 weeks

Portakabin, a supplier of interim modular buildings, has successfully constructed and handed over a new 300-pupil interim primary school in Devon in less than four months.

The project, developed in partnership with architects Atkins, provided over 1,200m² for the relocation of Dartington Primary School.

It was delivered on time in a challenging timescale despite exceptionally high levels of rainfall during the programme which made the building installation phase more complex.

Jill Mahon, Head Teacher at Dartington Primary School, said:

“We are very happy with the buildings. The classrooms respond to the needs of the children and promote the flow of learning. The teaching areas have been configured in clusters to provide learning that is appropriate for each key stage and so that children can interact and learn from and with each other.”

“The classrooms are light, airy and calming with a friendly, positive feel. Everything on the new site works really well for our school and our style of learning. Other teaching professionals who have visited have also been very impressed.”

“Externally the layout of the buildings has been carefully designed so our children can learn outside the classrooms as well as inside. The whole interim school was constructed very easily and the area will be turned back into a field when we move to our permanent school. Parents really are amazed by the quality of the facilities and cannot believe these are interim buildings.”

Kevin Presland, Principal Architect and Project Manager at Atkins, added:

“Portakabin offered us the solution which would provide the least possible disruption to the school and I am pleased to report this has been successfully achieved and in a really ambitious timescale.”

“The buildings are flexible in their design and address the school’s specific requirements. We worked really well in partnership with the Portakabin team to find the optimum building solution and valued their fast and responsive approach to help us meet the urgent need for these facilities.”