Education – Granard Primary School

Actavo were appointed by the London Borough of Wandsworth to design & build a new teaching block at Granard Primary School ready for their new intake in September 2015. Designed to meet BIM Level 2 requirements, Actavo | Building Solutions fabricated and constructed a 1280m² sustainable, two-storey, standalone modular classroom complex. The block housed 7 classrooms, open learning studios, cloakrooms, WC’s, kitchen facilities and staffrooms.

With build time on site being only 22 weeks, off-site construction provided not only a smoother construction process but also reduce costs and waste by using BIM to identify potential issues before they arise. Designed to surpass all sustainability targets and to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, this modular building encompasses mono-crystalline PV panels to reduce energy costs, wind catchers in increase ventilation and sun pipes to increase natural light. The external of the building was finished in a real brick and grey composite cladding, with a mono pitch canopy placed in the play area to provide rain and sun cover.

“With schools up and down the country looking for economical ways to accommodate their pupil numbers, it was clear to us we’d prefer an off-site solution because it’s just as high quality as traditional build but delivered much faster. Year on year, Granard Primary School is enrolling more pupils so a permanent, sustainable solution is needed to accommodate that increase. The new building allows us to separate our pupils into smaller groups meaning we can teach them more effectively and they can make better progress.”

Cheryl Grigg, Head Teacher, Granard Primary School

Project Date

July 2015

Time on Site

22 weeks

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