As 2020 gets into full swing, so do many School expansion projects throughout the UK. Schools need to provide additional classrooms and facilities, within strict timeframes and budgets, which can make projects challenging. Issues with access, particularly during term-time, or finding suitable space for new buildings add to the difficulties, but not for those with experience in this sector, if using the right products.

Eurobrick Systems has 30 years’ experience with school expansion projects, seeing many different solutions to different problems. Whether it’s an infill, building upwards, working in restricted spaces, or making a new addition look like it’s always been there.

Modular construction is invaluable to schools, helping to minimise disruption and time on-site creates an excellent advantage, while giving the opportunity to save time and money.

Eurobrick has been involved with projects that highlight solutions for this type of project and may give a little inspiration to those still in the planning stages.

Modulek Limited are a modular building contractor who have recently used Eurobrick’s X-Clad system on two large school expansion projects, working with Eurobrick approved installer ML Brickwork (Southern).

St James High School in Bolton contracted Modulek for their two-phase new build project, to replace an outdated three-storey school block with a two-storey modular building, creating an entirely new building with extra classroom spaces, storage, and catering facilities.

The first phase was completed in March 2019, while the second phase is still in-progress, Eurobrick have supplied their 17mm thick X-Clad system throughout. Both buildings use Rustic Golden Multi brick slips from Eurobrick’s Britannia range with specially formulated Europoint mortar in Standard Grey.

Bloxham School in Banbury also worked with Modulek and ML Brickwork (Southern) on their complex school expansion project. They required additional classrooms but had very little space for a new building. The only option was a tight quadrangle with difficult access. Using modular construction, these major challenges were overcome and a new two-storey modular building commissioned.

Eurobrick supplied 17mm X-Clad, along with Red Multi Dragwire slips, which were installed once the modular buildings had been craned into position on-site. Eurobrick’s lightweight, easy to handle cladding was the perfect solution for working on such a restrictive site and can be installed on or off-site.

Ideal Building Systems is another modular building company that has been using Eurobrick systems for 14 years. They recently completed two new schools projects.

Sketchley Hill Primary in Burbage, Leicestershire finished expanding their space in late 2018. The new two-storey building provided six new classrooms and extra facilities.

Eurobrick supplied 50mm thick X-Clad and the client sourced their own bricks to help the new building blend in with nearby buildings. They also added coloured cladding panels to create a modern aesthetic.

Ideal finished another project at Dovebank Primary in Nuneaton. They supplied a single storey modular classroom extension to match existing school buildings. Eurobrick’s 50mm X-Clad was installed with Smooth Red 400 slips which are 15mm thick so when combined with specially sourced Cheddar Red slips, cut to 25mm thickness, they created an interesting relief effect.

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