“The new space is light and airy and both staff and pupils love it.”

Barley Close Nursery

Wernick Enlists Pupils for New Modular Classroom

Barley Close Community Primary school is growing with a single storey classroom block supplied by Wernick. As well as the classroom, the modular design also incorporates a kitchen, staff area and toilets. The building will help the school as it expands to accommodate double the amount of classes per year group. During the construction programme Wernick provided the school with infant size high visibility waistcoats and hard hats, and the school introduced a mini builders’ compound to replicate the actual works taking place.

More and more schools are finding how advantageous offsite construction is for expansion. While traditional construction can be loud and distracting for pupils, the solution offered by modular classrooms has a negligible impact on the site and the running of Barley Close suffered minimal disruption. The installation was completed during school holidays. This meant the building was ready and waiting for teachers and pupils at the start of the new term, with only the external works left to complete. The whole programme, from point of order through to handover, took only five weeks.

The less wasteful nature of modular buildings also makes them a perfect choice for a school doing its part to help the environment. Barley Close has earned a reputation for being green; environmental issues are integrated into pupils’ education and the school participates in the Eco Schools programme. Their hard work has won them an icon on the Bristol Walk of Fame for being Bristol’s most sustainable school.

Michelle Moorcraft, school Business Manager, commented “The new space is light and airy and both staff and pupils love it.” The classroom has been used for a wide range of activities, from hosting Father Christmas in December to converting part of it into a forest from the popular children’s book ‘The Gruffalo’. Even the toilets, specially adapted for nursery children, were incorporated into lessons on germs and hygiene.


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