Sixth-formers proud of their new Wernick Building
To expand school facilities quickly and cost-effectively local education authorities are turning increasingly to factory built, modular construction. The King’s School in Ottery St Mary is just such a case. Its two-storey modular building, designed and built by Wernick was delivered over four days, which is fast for a 723 square metre, 15 room building.
The decision to construct the school’s latest building using this modern method of construction was influenced by several key factors -
Firstly – less disruption on site. The school’s authorities did not want lorries passing through the front gates of the school at any time. Modular construction minimises health and safety risks because much of the construction is done at the factory. The 28 modules that comprise the new building were delivered while the school was open. This was achieved by craning the modules into position from lorries drawn up in the school’s coach park.
Secondly – cost. A modular building is generally highly competitive in price when compared to the cost of conventional construction methods.
Internal and external finishing work took 20 weeks to complete from the date of delivery to site. The new modular building, specifically designed to blend in with the older buildings that surround it, houses the expanding geography department and the 6th form centre and IT room. The 6th formers are not surprisingly very proud of their purpose designed facilities and the expansion of the geography department’s accommodation will allow for a general increase in student places throughout the school.