Asquith Primary School
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- Double height glazed entrance
- Large picture windows
Asquith Primary School was built under the Private Finance Initiative. A subsequent rise in birth rates, people moving to Leeds and the new level of housing led to a city-wide schools expansion programme to ease the pressure on education provision. This included an extension to Asquith Primary.
Portakabin completed the scheme at Asquith Primary School after just 18 weeks on site. Much of the two-storey building was fitted out off site at the Portakabin production centre in York minimising any disruption to teaching and reducing the programme by at least five months. The new building helped Asquith Primary School move to two forms of entry and increase capacity with a Key Stage Two extension.
The self-contained building, which was delivered to site with all M&E services, toilets, doors and partitions already pre-installed, provides eight purpose-designed classrooms, an IT hub, library and resource area, and break-out spaces to both the first and second floors. Externally, the facility is finished in white and grey with green rendered panels to add interest to the façades, white render and brickwork to the lower levels, and a double height glazed entrance. Large picture windows allow lots of natural light into the classrooms, creating a positive learning environment.
The location for the new facility was very constrained and a temporary road had to be constructed to make way for the crane and installation of the building modules. The cranage phase was carried out over a weekend to ensure no interruption to the running of the school.
Because this project was a PFI scheme, there was a complex, challenging procurement process. Portakabin did everything possible to understand the issues. Their engagement and performance was exceptional from the outset.
Priority School Building Programme
As part of the Government’s £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which rebuilds or refurbishes school buildings in the worst condition across the country, Portakabin was awarded a contract to deliver six schools in the Surrey and Kent batch.