University of Bristol

Building Use

Interim teaching facility

Procurement Method


Why buy from Portakabin

Project Features

  • Two large lecture rooms
  • Custom designed exterior vinyl wrap
  • Campus central location
  • Welfare facilities on both floors
  1. The Requirements

    In early 2018, the University of Bristol appointed Portakabin to provide an additional teaching facility in time for the new academic year in September. Despite the limited space for construction works on the university site, Portakabin created more than 700m2 of teaching space on the campus by using modular construction methods.

  2. The Solution

    The University of Bristol site was a challenge, but thanks to modular delivery and installation methods, we were able to provide the university with a large building by installing 22 modules over five days. Access to the site was particularly challenging, as each module has a height of 3.5m and the  access point was a maximum of 3.9m. Our expert team worked within this 40cm clearance by using two forklift trucks to manoeuvre the modules through the tight access point and into the open space where a crane lifted the modules into place. It was amazing to watch the team get each module through the gap and into place so smoothly.

Portakabin accepted the challenge of delivering the teaching spaces by September 2018, and committed to this from day one. The Portakabin pre-contract team worked closely with the University and design team to ensure the building would meet the needs of our students and staff.

Chris Haire, Project Officer, University of Bristol

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