Sunday 17th, January 2021

Integra Buildings helps school reach new heights with modular rooftop extension

Integra Buildings has employed cutting-edge construction techniques to create much-needed teaching space for a growing school.

The award-winning modular building company worked alongside Kier Group, the main contractor, to deliver an impressive rooftop extension at Trinity School in Sevenoaks, Kent, to designs by architect Bond Bryan.

Installing the extension, to a traditionally built three-storey building, presented a complex challenge: the modules, each manufactured to specific dimensions, had to be landed on a gantry constructed on the roof – a precision task, as it was essential that the windows and other features lined up with the lower floors – before staircases could be connected by breaking through from below.

By utilising bespoke modular building solutions, the construction programme was reduced significantly and disruption on site kept to a minimum – essential factors for a working school.

The rooftop extension at Trinity School, Sevenoaks, houses four new science labs.
The rooftop extension at Trinity School, Sevenoaks, houses four new science labs.

The completed extension houses four new science labs within 500sqm of additional floor space, and allowed the school to convert several older labs, which had been spread around the building, into teaching space.

It is the second phase of work delivered by Integra at Trinity School, which is expanding to accommodate a growing intake of pupils. In 2019, the company worked alongside Kier Group to build a modular three-storey extension that provides 12 classrooms, art and drama studios, and other facilities within a modern, fresh and stimulating environment.

Integra has extensive experience delivering modular school buildings. With Kier Group, the company recently won praise for its “astounding” work on Springhead Park Primary School, in Northfleet, Kent, a major project that was delivered on time despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The modules, each manufactured to a precise size, were lifted on to a gantry on the roof.
The modules, each manufactured to a precise size, were lifted on to a gantry on the roof.

Gary Parker, the Managing Director of Integra, said: “We’re delighted to have helped deliver additional first-class teaching space in a modern, attractive environment.

“The rooftop extension is an excellent example of how modular building techniques allow complex projects to be completed quickly and efficiently, with a minimum of disruption.”

Integra also worked alongside consulting engineers CampbellReith, which managed the highways, geotechnical and civil engineering aspects of the project.