Polegate School

Project name: Polegate School
Sector: Education
Location: Polegate, East Sussex
Client name: Polegate School
Supplied by: Wernick Buildings
Accommodation type: Double storey modular building integrated with portal frame hall
Size: 29 modules plus portal frame
Features: Classrooms, offices, commercial kitchen, toilets, hall

Wernick Buildings recently delivered a new school building for Polegate School in East Sussex. As part of a programme of development the school are undergoing, they required a new main block which would not only provide a reception area and classrooms, but a school hall which could be used for PE lessons and as a canteen.

The school decided to use Fusion 21 to procure the building, which eventually came to Wernick Buildings, a leading provider on their modular framework.

To meet the school’s needs, Wernick constructed a 2-storey modular building interfaced with a portal frame structure to provide a spacious school hall. It features three classrooms, staff rooms and office space, a commercial grade kitchen and a large circulation area which incorporates a shared activity area.

The building modules for the block were manufactured in Wernick’s factory in South Wales and delivered to site via lorry. The school is located in a residential area, and access to the site was quite restricted. While this might pose serious challenges for a traditional construction project, a modular building gives advantages to all involved. With less time spent on site and reduced vehicle movements, modular construction minimised disruption to the site and its surroundings.

With more work taking place in the factory, construction is also less susceptible to on-site delays like weather. This was especially important for Polegate, where delays on the new building would affect other projects planned on the site. From starting on site, it just took 30 weeks to hand over the project.

Throughout the project, Wernick worked with the council’s appointed design team to ensure the building would be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Externally the block is finished in a mix of brick and cladding, with one module ‘floating’ over the main entrance to provide architectural interest. Wernick also undertook some groundworks and installed an external MUGA as part of the project.

The building was delivered using Wernick’s new Swiftplan® modular system, which can accept a range of cladding and finishing options. The system also has excellent energy performance and uses fully non-combustible wall panels and a CLT based flooring system that provides a finish comparable to concrete.

The system is also designed to be very sustainable to manufacture, with up to 98% of waste from a Swiftplan® project being recycled. It provides excellent U-values and can achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Stuart Wilkie, Managing Director of Wernick Buildings, said: “We’re really pleased to be bringing our new modular system to primary education. Swiftplan® makes it easier us to deliver larger, more spacious school blocks quickly, without compromising on building quality and appearance. This allows schools to make better use of their site footprint, and more importantly, their budgets.”



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