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Organisation : St Patricks National School

Application : Education Buildings

Product : Ultima

Location : Ballylinan, County Laois

Requirement :

Portakabin Allspace rises to the challenge of delivering 780m2 interim lecture hall, classroom and conference facility during major college redevelopment

With pupil numbers on the increase, St Patrick’s National School was allocated funds for a new classroom building and an additional teacher. The school is currently at the planning stage for a brand new school building on a new site, but in the meantime space on the existing site was at a premium. The new classroom would be needed for at least the next two years until construction of the new school was completed.

Solution :

Fran Moloney, Principal at St Patrick’s National School, says: “We already had several modular classroom buildings on site, but they weren’t Portakabin buildings. However, I knew about Portakabin Allspace and I’d seen some of their buildings at other schools, which had impressed me with their quality. It was quite a change of direction for us to choose a new building supplier, but the clinching factor was the ceiling height of the Portakabin buildings, which gave them a real feeling of space inside.” 

The Portakabin Ultima building system which was chosen to create the new classroom for St Patrick’s School has a ceiling height of 2.6m. It also offers excellent thermal efficiency, which means the buildings have low running costs and provide a comfortable working environment all year round. The large classroom building for St Patrick’s School featured two toilets, providing fully self-contained facilities for the pupils.

Fran continues: “Portakabin Allspace delivered the building right on time, during the summer holidays. This was very helpful for us, as it gave us plenty of time to get the building set up and ready, well before the pupils returned from their summer break.”

Portakabin Allspace was able to react quickly to get the building installed over the summer, avoiding any disruption to normal school activities.

The new classroom is being used by the senior children in the school, aged 11-12 years, who benefit from the additional space offered by the Ultima building model.

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