Construction of Worcestershire scheme took just 22 weeks despite raft of energy-efficient measures

Contractor, Yorkon, claims this school in Worcestershire shows how sustainability and modular construction sit well together.

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The passively-ventilated Bewdley High School, was constructed off site in York and completed in just 22 weeks. The modular education building to be heated using biomass fuel.

The two-storey building was built up from 60 steel-framed modules which have spans of up to 12m. They were craned into place with windows and partitions pre-installed in the factory to improve build quality. While the bulk of the school’s classrooms were assembled from modules supplied by the Portakabin subsidiary, the drama and dance studio were traditionally constructed.

“This illustrates how conventional building methods can be integrated with off-site construction,” said a Yorkon spokesperson.

The project is passively ventilated and works on the principle of passive air stacking. CO2 and temperature sensors monitor the internal environment drawing in air as needed. Incoming air is passed over radiators to prevent draughts. Stale air leaves rooms via discharge terminals on the roof.

Other notable features include:

  • A highly glazed activity studio with high natural light levels
  • Sustainable timber cladding
  • A bespoke roofing structure

Worcestershire County Council project architect, Dermot Galvin, said: “Yorkon’s building is a good quality, low energy building that has met our expectations.”