Integra Buildings has been praised for its “astounding” work on a major new school, which has opened on time despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The award-winning company, a leading provider of bespoke modular buildings, worked alongside Kier Group, the main contractor, to deliver the brand new Springhead Park Primary School, in Northfleet, Kent.
Integra used cutting-edge modular techniques to manufacture the school building in sections at its factories in East Yorkshire. More than 80 individual units were then transported to Kent and installed on site.
The newly established free school, which has capacity for 420 pupils, will serve the growing community of Ebbsfleet Garden City, a “new town” that will eventually include 15,000 homes.
Headteacher Wayne Clayton praised the striking and distinctive modern design. He said: “Just wow! It’s not a conventional-looking building, it wasn’t built in the conventional way, but wow.”
Mr Clayton, who visited Integra’s headquarters in Paull, east of Hull, in January to see the modular units being constructed, described the process as “quite astounding”.
He added: “It has been a pleasure to see them work from start to finish. #makeitmodular!”
The new Springhead Park Primary School pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with a modular build. Working alongside Kier Group and Bond Bryan, the architect, Integra utilised a cutting-edge volumetric modular solution to realise the ambitious and extensive design.
The building includes teaching space, food tech facilities, science laboratories and a hard court play area. It will be efficient to run and maintain.
Construction on site in Kent began with a lifting-in ceremony, when the first modular units arrived from East Yorkshire, in January. The coronavirus outbreak, and the imposition of the national lockdown in March, provided a huge additional challenge, but after extensive safety measures were introduced, work was able to continue, and the school opened as planned in September.
Integra Managing Director Gary Parker, who attended the grand opening of the school said: “We’re delighted with the completed school, which looks stunning. It’s great to see it come alive now the first children are able to enjoy it.
“Our team, our partners and our suppliers all adapted superbly to the challenges brought about by coronavirus and the lockdown and pulled out all the stops to finish on time. Given the circumstances, it was a magnificent effort.
“We’re proud to play our part alongside Kier Group in delivering exceptional facilities to a growing community, and look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength in the years ahead.”
Integra has extensive experience in the education sector and has delivered new, modular school buildings around the UK. With Kier Group, the company has recently delivered a new rooftop extension at Trinity School in Sevenoaks, Kent, a 12-classroom extension at Seal CE Primary School, also in Sevenoaks, and a new four-classroom building at Water Meadows Primary School in Hersden, near Canterbury.
Main images courtesy of Kier Construction/Carlos Dominguez Photography
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