Sibcas, a supplier on ESPO Framework 953, helped Woodmill High School rebuild and develop part of their school using new modular accommodation.
Following a devastating fire at Woodmill High School in August 2019, the strategic brief for the development of the new modular accommodation was undertaken. The school required a solution to replace the facilities they had unexpectedly lost due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. The brief covered the accommodation required for Phase 4 of the works, this included the Department for Additional Support (DAS), Science department and Kitchen and Dining facilities for the whole school.
A new permanent replacement school is planned to be completed by 2024, in the meantime a modular accommodation had to be designed and constructed (using ESPO Framework 953) to the highest standards to ensure that the building met with relevant Building Regulations and Education guidelines, and that the complex enhanced the teaching environment. The project was to include classrooms, fully fitted out commercial kitchen, dining hall, toilet facilities including accessible provisions, science labs, DAS equipment and calm rooms. Size: 102nr 9.76m x 3.05m modules over two stories. Timescale: from order to handover 28 weeks, value £3.2 million.
Woodmill High School is situated in a built-up residential area meaning detailed site set up and traffic and pedestrian management plans were required to ensure a safe and productive site was maintained. The site chosen for the new modular complex was previously occupied by a section of the school severely damaged by the fire and was consequently demolished, this provided its own challenges as Sibcas Ltd - a supplier on ESPO Framework 953 - had to tie in the floor levels of what was left of the remaining school to the new modular accommodation, and work with any variance in ground levels across the entire site and the various surfaces.
Managing circa 40-50 men onsite with the added pressures of social distancing due to COVID 19, required in depth planning to ensure all safety measures were being adhered to allowing the workforce to operate comfortably and safely. Sections of the school remained live and were occupied by staff and students throughout the project which meant a constant dialogue with the school was essential to maintain and review the planning and procedures.