Project Description

Westborough High School were faced with relocating their existing library to create more general teaching spaces within the main school.

With limited space options and timescales to create a new library, a modular solution was explored and chosen as the preferred construction method.

The challenge was to locate a new 95 m2 single-storey modular building  within an existing open courtyard near the main entrance of the school. The courtyard was not accessible for vehicles and was constructed, in part, over a basement.

The install was carefully planned including a crane lift over the existing school buildings. The modular sections were lowered in to position and located on specially designed steel beams which cantilevered the basement.

Enabling works included site clearance and preparation works in the courtyard, excavations and foundations, incoming services and drainage. A full DDA compliant ramp was installed to the fire exit also serving as an alternative access and egress route during break times.

In addition,  a corridor was constructed to make the library integral to the main school. The link to the school included extending existing fire alarms, intruder alarms, class change bells and data.