The Piggott Church of England School

Building Use


Project Duration

6 Weeks

Procurement Method


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Project Features

  • Two-storey scheme constructed from 44 refurbished modules
  • Eight classrooms
  • Science laboratory
  • Office accommodation
  • Beverage point
  • Disabled access lift
  • PE changing rooms
  • Fitness suite
  • Bespoke exterior
  • Timber cladding
  1. The Requirements

    New teaching facilities were required at The Piggott School, an Ofsted outstanding academy in Reading. 

    The building was to improve specialist teaching facilities for pupils, and particularly the classrooms for mathematics which had previously been split over two separate parts of the school. The project had to be completed ready for the start of the new academic year as it was replacing a number of temporary classrooms.

  2. The Solution

    Portakabin constructed the building from refurbished steel-framed modules and handed it over after just six weeks on site. The use of a recycled modular building allowed the scheme to be constructed during school holidays and reduced the programme by around 70% compared to traditional site-based building methods.

    The two-storey scheme was constructed from 44 refurbished modules which were reconfigured to create eight classrooms, a science laboratory, office accommodation, beverage point, disabled access lift, PE changing rooms, and a fitness suite which the community can use outside of school hours.

    Externally, the teaching block was designed to replicate the sixth form centre in line with school’s specific requirements. It has a blue and white colour scheme with The Piggott School emblem featured on one elevation, timber cladding, brise soleil and a canopy over the entrance.

    Portakabin also installed a folding wall between two classrooms which has created a more flexible teaching environment that can be opened out for examinations or large group activities.

As a school, we are very passionate about the environment and it really appealed to us that refurbished buildings are a highly sustainable alternative to new build because the steel structure is recycled.

Nadine Doble, Business Manager, The Piggott School

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