Project Summary

The Department for Education had a requirement for a temporary school at Parks Primary School, Leicester after it was forced to close due to the detection of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

McAvoy was awarded the project due to its ability to meet the challenging programme and provide a high-quality rental solution that would benefit the staff and pupils.

FacilitySmartClass® Temporary School


Time on Site17 weeks

The offsite solution

McAvoy delivered 73 SmartClass® modules within just 17 weeks from installation of the first module, with 70% of the work completed at its purpose-built 70,000 sq ft manufacturing facility.

The temporary school has provided 459 places for early years, nursery, and primary school pupils, and features 17 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, and office accommodation.

McAvoy also undertook groundworks, landscaping, highway works and utility applications and connections.

Circular Construction

90% of the modules were sourced from previous projects, demonstrating McAvoy’s commitment to circular construction. By repurposing modules that were used on previous projects, McAvoy demonstrated the versatility and reusability of its SmartSpace® product whilst also helping the client reduce their carbon footprint.

Harnessing Sustainability

The temporary school features effective ways to reduce energy consumption and minimise environmental impact. The highly efficient split heating and cooling system offers advanced technology to regulate power consumption based on desired temperature.

LED lighting was used throughout the buildings allowing the school to use significantly less energy throughout the day.

Project Challenges

Due to the urgency of the situation the temporary school needed to be delivered within a short time frame so that the school could reopen. By repurposing existing modules on its fleet, McAvoy was able to deliver the project on time and to budget.

McAvoy undertook a crucial aspect of the project by addressing buried services that needed to be diverted. This involved meticulous planning and coordination to reroute existing underground utilities, such as water pipes and electrical cables, to accommodate the installation of the temporary school. By carefully managing these buried services, McAvoy ensured that the site was properly prepared for the build process, mitigating any potential disruptions and safeguarding the integrity of both the existing infrastructure and the new temporary school facilities.

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