Polegate School


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.

  • 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