Cambourne Village College

Building Use

Whole School

Project Duration

41 weeks

Procurement Method


Why buy from portakabin

Project Features

  • Central mall with three teaching wings
  • Sheltered courtyards for outdoor learning
  • Science and technology wing
  • Generic classrooms for maths, languages and humanities
  • Art and IT facilities
  • Dining hall
  • Sports hall
  • Gym
  • First floor balcony for additional outdoor learning space
  1. The Requirements

    To meet growing demand for secondary school places following an increase in housing and rising birth rates in the area, Cambridgeshire County Council needed to build a brand new school for 750 pupils aged 11 to 16. It was to be the first new secondary school constructed in the county for 30 years.

  2. The Solution

    Kier Construction awarded Portakabin the contract to provide three, two-storey curriculum wings for the new secondary school, using its revolutionary Portakabin Design and Build solution.

    The use of off-site construction offered a sustainable solution, reducing the number of vehicle movements and work on site. The Portakabin Design and Build solution also offered complete flexibility for space planning and future reconfiguration.

The children and staff absolutely love their new school and you would never know the teaching wings were built in a factory. The feel is very solid and robust and we particularly like the amount of space and light, the wide corridors and the size of the classrooms. If we need to expand the school in the coming years, we would definitely consider an off-site solution again, which would give us the opportunity to increase capacity very quickly and easily.

Sean Sumner, Deputy Head, Cambourne Village College

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