I’d like everyone to think back to their school days, for some people this is further back than others. Okay, if you’re there now – how many of us spent time in pre-fab classrooms? I expect most of us can remember having lessons in these draughty, cold temporary buildings. So, the prospect of more of these buildings appearing on playgrounds may fill those people with dread.
But the reality today is that those awful pre-fabs are long gone and yes, temporary buildings may well be reappearing at a school near you or at one of your children’s schools and possibly for the same reasons they made an appearance over 25 years ago, but the nightmare ends there. Nowadays, temporary accommodation is state-of-the-art. No more unwelcoming, cold draughty rooms.
Why is portable accommodation reappearing in educational buildings?
The economic downturn and cuts in government spending have taken their toll on many areas, not least in the education sector which has seen severe cuts in its capital expenditure projects.
In this climate of austerity, increasing numbers of schools are funding their own projects with either privately funded investment or are shopping around keen to ‘buy more for their buck.’
Luckily for us, portable accommodation or modular buildings provide a solution that is both flexible and a cost-effective alternative to traditional building methods.
For those of you that haven’t seen inside a portable building recently, believe me, it has come a long way from the traditional pre-fab approach and can even mirror a traditional brick-built façade with an enduring longevity and a high degree of ‘kerb appeal.’ Yes, these are ‘cool’ buildings nowadays with every amenity provided and are warm and inviting and yes, even nurturing with windows set at a handy level for children to see out of.
In the past 18 months, we have developed a number of education based solutions and the need is growing as more schools look at ways of making their budgets go further. Schools are looking at making savings from their annual budgets or contributing through their own fundraising efforts towards their capital projects.
So many, in fact, that we have numerous school buildings going on stream this summer, with more in the pipeline.
There’s also the low maintenance aspect of portable accommodation, which is another reason it’s proving so attractive in today’s climate.
We know there are some perception issues to overcome, but if portable accommodation was a car, it would be a Skoda (now considered to be a Golf with another name) So, don’t be put off by a name consider this is a durable alternative to a Golf with all the great attributes of a high performance building but for a lot less budget and a really speedy construction record.