Delivering inspirational education buildings for more than 30 years

Delivering inspirational education buildings for almost 60 years

Pioneering, international modular building manufacturer Portakabin has developed and delivered exceptional buildings for almost 60 years from three state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities across Europe.

Education specialists

Portakabin has helped UK educators to deliver outstanding learning experiences by providing high-quality, permanent-standard school buildings. Buildings that cover the entire spectrum, from pre-school nurseries through to colleges and universities. Buildings required in a range of circumstances – on constrained sites, with very tight deadlines, or in emergency situations.

The education specialists at Portakabin understand how the quality of a learning environment plays an essential role in the effectiveness of teaching and learning. That’s why Portakabin creates spacious, airy and fully-equipped learning spaces that are designed to meet or exceed Department for Education guidelines and which are delivered and installed to the highest safety standards.

A fraction of the time with minimal disruption

Crucially, new school buildings can be up and running in a fraction of the time taken for a traditional build programme, with the least possible disruption to school life. That’s whether the buildings are an interim solution during building and refurbishment works or a permanent school building designed to the latest education best-practice principles.

From more than 70 UK locations, Portakabin delivers interim buildings within weeks, drawing from an extensive range of stock for hire. That means there’s still time to have high-quality educational space up and running in time for the new academic year.

For longer term needs, it’s also possible to have a permanent modular building from Portakabin on site and ready for use up to 70% faster than an equivalent traditionally constructed building.

And with an unrivalled 99.7% of buildings delivered on time and on budget,1 Portakabin performs above the construction industry as a whole which achieves an average of just 63% on time and 66% on budget.2

A proven track-record

Many schools and colleges have benefitted from the one-stop-shop approach available from Portakabin. It gives them the ease of one point of contact all the way through the process. From plannig and groundworks to exterior vinyl wraps and internal furniture

Some recent examples include:

  • University of Oxford – a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, up and running without delay with procurement through the SBS framework helping to streamline the process.
  • University of Bristol – in a confined footprint through modular delivery and installation methods, we provided a large building by installing 22 modules over five days
  • Priory Fields Primary School, although a challenging hillside site is now fully DDA compliant thanks to a modular design and build
  • Global Academy – a four-storey 8,700m2 university technical college for 800 students, engineered and built within 12 months.

A fully functioning school for nearly 1,000 pupils in less than 13 weeks
Notably, Portakabin was instrumental in getting the 1,000 Kensington Aldridge Academy pupils back into education in record time after their school, located at the base of Grenfell Tower, was closed following the tragic events in June 2017. 

The experience and capability of Portakabin and their trusted supply chain meant that the exceptional scale and speed of the build were met with ease. The entire building was created from the ground up less than 13 weeks after the fire. And, despite an evolving design, neither the quality nor function of the new school was compromised, giving pupils like-for-like facilities in their new school.

Seamless procurement

Portakabin has been awarded a place on a number of procurement frameworks which streamlines the process. Procurement from Portakabin through a framework reduces cost and time and assures you of the cost-effectiveness and quality credentials of Portakabin as a supplier. That’s because membership is only permitted after rigorous assessment, for your reassurance.

With options available to hire, buy new or buy refurbished buildings from Portakabin, there are solutions to meet all budgets.

For details of all available options and case studies demonstrating the full capability of Portakabin head to our website.