Offsite sustainable building

Award-winning off-site construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has completed construction of one of the UK’s most sustainable modular school buildings.
The scheme for Worcestershire County Council is believed to be the first modular education building to be heated using biomass fuel and the first to incorporate such a complex passive, low energy ventilation system.
The two-storey building was manufactured off site in York, which reduced the programme time for such a challenging project to just 22 weeks.  60 steel-framed modules have created clear internal spans of up to 12m for space planning flexibility and were craned into position complete with windows and partitions pre-installed in the factory to improve quality.
The modular scheme provides 12 general classrooms, two science laboratories, a creative area and administrative centre.  It is linked to a traditionally-constructed drama and dance studio.
Other design features include:

  • central heating powered by an environmentally friendly ‘biomass’ boiler to minimise carbon emissions
  • passive ventilation to monitor carbon dioxide and temperature levels in each classroom, and to create a constant change of air within the building without draughts. – timber cladding from sustainable sources
  • a highly glazed activity studio with high levels of natural light – a striking bespoke roof structure.