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Portable buildings – ideal solution for extra places
Portable accommodation can provide an effective solution to the schools space crisis and Portable Of ces has launched a turn-key solution which offers a speedy,  exible and cost-effective alternative to the more traditional and often expensive building methods.
Modular buildings have come a long way from the outdated pre-fab approach and can now mirror a traditional brick-built or cedar clad façade with an enduring longevity and a high degree of ‘kerb appeal.’
Super eco credentials make portable buildings increasingly attractive in today’s environmentally- conscious culture. Pre-loved portable buildings can make an enormous difference to the capital expenditure of a project providing savings of around 40-50% on units without any compromise on reliability and with a full warranty on a hire or purchase basis.
Over the past three years, the number of education based solutions has increased and the need is growing as more schools look at ways of making their capital expenditure and budgets go further to accommodate these additional pupils.
Managing Director of Portable Of ces, Adrian Witty, comments: “Nowadays, portable accommodation or modular buildings offer a turn-key solution
to new build needs with fast turnarounds of just six to eight weeks in
many cases. We have developed a schools package which includes planning approval, essential amenities and ground works and warm, clean, bright state-of-the-art classrooms for a reasonable outlay.
“Having considerable experience in the education sector, we are ideally placed to provide the optimum solution to schools’ expansion needs.”
Case study: Instant School for Selsey Academy
Following a  re last year,
The Academy Selsey suffered extensive damage and much of its contents was destroyed which resulted in the school’s 453 pupils being displaced and having to be taught at four locations in the Selsey area.
A massive portable village was required to provide an ‘instant school’ on the school’s athletics track. As well as classrooms, the temporary buildings needed to house science labs, workshops and food technology areas. Portable
Of ces responded immediately to the school’s challenge and using portable buildings, the company set about establishing a temporary school within an incredible six week time frame.
Tom Gar eld, head teacher
of the academy, said: “We
were absolutely delighted to
see the  rst temporary school buildings arrive on site. We
were in a position where just 44 days after the disaster we were able to resume educating the community’s children once again.
“Parents’ biggest fear was that children would have to be bussed to alternative education facilities. We all felt it was essential to maintain secondary education within the community.
“One of the most surprising
and pleasing aspects is the fact that these are superb buildings with a great  nish and are miles away from temporary boxes with limited appeal; instead they are great working spaces. Despite the enormity of the task, Portable Of ces rose to the challenge
and I can’t thank them enough. Words don’t do justice to what they have achieved and the outcome for our pupils.”
For more information on Portable Of ces’ range of products and services visit www.portableof or call 01244 535566.
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For over 40 years, SiBCAS have been supplying modular accommodation for rental, to independent schools, local authorities, colleges and universities. The PermaSpace modular system combines the comfort and reliability of a permanent building, with the flexibility and efficiency of off-site manufacture.
For further information visit
Scotland: 01506 633122 North West: 01942 896688 North East & Yorkshire: 01740 622434 Midlands & South: 01527 850100
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