Offsite build specialists – Roan Building Solutions – has won a £1.5m contract to deliver a two-storey educational facility at Oughtibridge Primary School in South Yorkshire taking its recent school contract wins to nine in 2015.
Working in partnership with the school and Sheffield City Council, Roan will create a new 222 sq m building on the existing car park. It will comprise two new classrooms on the ground floor with adjoining toilets and cloakrooms, head teacher’s office, staff room and intervention room on the upper floor.
Roan will install a new steel-framed polycarbonate canopy to cover the ground floor classroom entrance that will create a 440 sq m enclosed play area.
Oughtibridge Primary is one of nine schools Roan is working with this year to date. Other projects currently underway include Granard Primary School in Wandsworth and Tonbridge Grammar School in Deakin Leas.
With the urgent need to accommodate extra pupils, modular construction methods are becoming a popular choice among schools as Matt Goff, sales director at Roan Building Solutions, explains: “880,000 extra school places are going to be needed across the UK by 2023 at a cost of around £12bn which is going to take some schools to near breaking point as they are already working to reduced budgets.
“Forward-thinking schools such as Oughtibridge Primary know that they need to create places quickly and at the right price which is why offsite buildings are becoming the build method of choice.
“With on site build times from just eight weeks, schools need to look to new construction methods to get the desired result with minimal disruption. This contract has particular significance as both the site manager and I live close to Oughtibridge and we want to be proud of what has been achieved.”
Roan’s appointment follows a fully comprehensive, competitive tender in which Roan exceeded the school’s evaluation criteria and provided an in-depth knowledge of how modular could meet the school’s needs. Roan’s knowledge of the local area, ability to map the impact on the surrounding community and reduce carbon emissions all became deciding factors in the contract award.
Pat Munt, head teacher at Oughtibridge Primary School, says: “Competition for school places is high and we have the space to accommodate more children without compromising the high quality of education.
“However, time is of the essence and a modular build was the perfect solution due to its low cost and fast installation. We needed a design and build partner who understood the logistical challenges of being in a rural area as well as the need to keep disruption to a minimum and have tight control of the budget.
“Roan is based just ten minutes away and knowing that some of the build team live locally to the school is a huge benefit as they personally understand the challenges.”
On site piling started in April 2015 with the final handover due in July 2015, meaning initial design to completion will take just 13 weeks. The majority of work will take place out of school time to minimise disruption to teachers, pupils as well as the local community.
This is the third contract that Roan has secured using BIM technology – a tool which enables clients to 3D-visualise and track the building through its design life cycle.