Caledonian awarded £38M schools contract

Volumetric modular building specialist Caledonian has secured two large school projects in quick succession with a total order value of £38m.

Haygrove School and The Sir Frederick Gibberd College were secured by Caledonian under Department for Education (DfE) frameworks.

Caledonian was selected for both projects because it offered a full turnkey package including lead design, planning, and installation, all the way through to hand over.

Alongside this was the company’s track record of delivering other high quality teaching facilities, including whole schools, on time and within budget using its innovative modular building system.

Caledonian will create a brand new £29m secondary school at the Sir Frederick Gibberd College at the site of the former Passmore School in Harlow, Essex. It will comprise a 1,200 place secondary school built over three storeys including a school hall, dining hall, drama studio and a 500 place sixth form teaching area as well as sports facilities and all associated external works and pitches. The design incorporates concrete floors and, being a component-based system, allows greater flexibility in design whilst delivering a DfE compliant solution as well as all the efficiency and time saving benefits of a modular build.

Work being undertaken at Haygrove School in Bridgwater will involve utilising Caledonian’s component based school solutions to replace the main school building with modern and efficient teaching environments. The construction work will be undertaken while the school remains open and works will be carefully planned to ensure minimal disruption.

The three-storey building will consist of classrooms, double-height hall and studio spaces, offices, kitchen and associated rooms for educational purposes, along with enabling, groundworks and external works.

As part of Caledonian’s consultative approach, the design of SFG and Haygrove School were informed by standards supplied by the Department for Education and through a series of engagement meetings with the schools and stakeholders.

“Haygrove and SFG are both large projects, which, alongside our other recent new business wins, underpin our future growth strategy,” said Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian Modular. “We have worked closely with the DfE and the schools, as we do on all our education projects, to deliver a modern, efficient teaching spaces that will open up further opportunities for young people in the area.”

Both schools incorporate factory installed concrete floors to deliver an acoustically compliant, comfortable, safe and durable environment for occupants and up to 96% of the work on each module is completed by Caledonian in its quality controlled factory facility before being delivered to site.

At the same time as the modules are being manufactured, Caledonian, operating as the Principal Contractor, will be carrying out groundworks and other works on site, meaning handover can be up to half the time it would take a traditional build.

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