The Teresian School is a Catholic school providing education for children from pre-school to secondary based on a single site.
Over a twenty-year period, temporary accommodation for three classrooms had been provided by portable cabins. The second set of cabins, installed seven years previously and always extremely difficult to heat, had recently begun to leak. The school decided they wanted to replace them with a permanent environmentally friendly energy efficient 'eco' building to include WCs, store room, more spacious classrooms and interconnectivity by means of a folding partition system.
The 200 square metre pitched roof building was installed during the 2009 summer break period, including the removal of the existing cabins, tree-felling and site clearance. As the previous portable cabins had no WCs or water facilities, site preparation and groundworks included the provision of new services for water and waste. While the groundworks and foundations were ongoing, the kit for the super-structure was being manufactured off-site to the planning approved drawings.
With up to 70 per cent of the work completed off-site the main structure was erected and made weatherproof within two days which is testament to the benefits of modular construction.
The building was then finished on the outside with a plastered render finish with a brick skin corner feature, which together with a pitched tiled roof gives an attractive 'traditional' appearance in keeping with the main school building.
Internal fixtures were also installed and included recessed lighting, emergency lighting and fire detection. The three classrooms have facilities for overhead projection and audio relay and are highly insulated with levels of air-tightness to Building Regulation standards.
The final touches on the outside were the installation of an 'access for all' ramp and a space-saving cycle parking rack in keeping with the schools "Bike It" programme.
Two years on both staff and children are enjoying working and learning in the new facility. The warm and comfortable spacious classrooms which are flooded with natural light provide an environment which is conducive to learning. A host of energy efficient features and the high level of insulation ensures that running costs are kept to an absolute minimum which keeps the head teacher smiling.