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Pupils at East Ward Community Primary School in Bury are the proud winners of the first ever art competition run by Portakabin. This gave children the unique opportunity to have their artwork displayed on the outside of their new classroom building.
Children from the after-school art club collaborated with their teacher to create the eye-catching graphics which feature a unique floral design to reflect the school’s ethos of growing and learning together. The winning design was then developed by Portakabin into a striking finish which was applied along the façade of the classroom building that has recently been installed at East Ward School.
Commenting on the school’s success in the competition, Teacher Jill Ashton said, “We are all thrilled that Portakabin chose our design and our new classroom building looks fantastic. We used flowers and plants to symbolise our school motto which is ‘Growing and Learning Together’. We are all passionate about this theme which is at the very heart of our school. We absolutely love the fact that it is now reflected on our wonderful new classroom block.”
Portakabin provided the new interim building at East Ward Primary School to accommodate an additional Year 2 class of 25 children by extending an existing modular building. It was delivered, installed and handed over in just two weeks. This approach was a much faster solution than site-based construction to help this over-subscribed school meet the increasing demand for places for the next three years.
The building provides a bright and spacious primary classroom, two break-out areas for individual or small group learning and a kitchen area. A 200-tonne crane was used to lift the modules over an existing teaching block and the new classroom accommodation was in place in just one day
David Waites, Head Teacher, said, “The building is absolutely brilliant. It has fitted in really easily and almost without anyone really noticing its arrival! The building has been well received by everyone, and children and teachers alike really love it.”
“We understand the installation operation was quite complex but the Portakabin team made the project really very straightforward at every stage. At a busy school, that is exactly the sort of excellent customer service you need.”
“We had not realised just how large and spacious the rooms would be. They are so bright and warm, particularly compared to our main school building which dates back to the 1930s. The teaching staff have found the ‘off-shoot’ rooms particularly beneficial, which we use for nurturing children having difficulties.”
“The local Portakabin team was recommended to us by a number of other schools. We found their service to be superb from start to finish.”
Portakabin undertook all groundworks for the project, constructed a link to the existing building, and installed fire escape steps and a climate control system.
The school’s winning design was applied to the exterior of the classroom building using a vinyl wrap. This option is available for all Portakabin interim buildings and is a low maintenance finish, which can feature a school’s colours or graphics to totally transform the exterior into a bespoke façade. Murals and more subtle colour schemes can be used to blend an interim facility into its surrounding environment and can help secure planning approval in environmentally sensitive locations.