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PLAYGROUP GIVES TOP MARKS TO PINELOG MODULAR BUILDING

Innovative design, speed of construction on site and a competitive price were the key factors in Andoversford School's decision to specify a Pinelog modular building to house its new community playgroup.
Andoversford Primary School, near Cheltenham draws children from Andoversford and a number of surrounding villages and hamlets. As an investment in the school's future and provide a resource for the local community the Governors decided to invest in a new building to house a playgroup for pre-school children and a mother & toddler group.

“There are no playgroups in this area, leaving very few childcare options for families, so we realised that introducing a facility in school grounds was essential,” said Head Teacher Joseph Kinane. “We realised that for the budget available, a factory-fabricated building was our best option. However we wanted something more attractive and environmentally friendly than a traditional ‘box-type’ modular building.”

“We carried out research on the internet to see what was possible and narrowed it down to a small number of suppliers who were then invited to submit tenders. We decided on Pinelog’s proposal because their buildings were very attractive, competitively priced and they were able to demonstrate wide experience in supplying what we needed. We felt comfortable with them and confident that their design would best suit our needs," he said.

The new facility was handled as a turnkey project with the School’s individual requirements incorporated at the design stage.

The insulated timber-framed structure provides a modern facility with 72 m2 of partitioned floor space to accommodate; the main play area, a kitchen, storage room, child and adult sized toilets. Structural support for the insulated roof, which is covered with Tegola shingle tiles, is provided by glulam beams which allow great design flexibility. The bulding is clad with durable European larch and with uPVC windows and doors, the building will require minimum maintenance. A ballustraded verandah and ramp provide access to outdoor play areas.

Key factors in the design were the glazed gable, large windows and glazed doors. These provide high levels of light which reaches every corner of the building, bringing a bright airiness to the interior. The internal timber finish also helps to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere ideal for encouraging the children to learn through play.

Construction, wiring, plumbing and fitting out work was completed at Pinelog’s Bakewell factory which meant that the ‘down time’ on site was kept to an absolute minimum. The building was delivered on caravan transporters, in two pieces - delivery coinciding with the start of the school summer holiday. Once on site the two halves were placed on simple foundations and bolted together to provide a complete building.

Joseph Kinane, is delighted with the new facility: "It was a great day for the community when it was delivered, many people turned out to watch. Three weeks later the building was handed-over to us and two weeks after that ‘Little Urchins’ was open to our first group of children."

"The new building has been well received by all who use it and serves its purpose very well” he concluded.

Email: igrant@pinelog.co.uk


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