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Portakabin wins Education Project of the Year in offsite awards

Portakabin wins Education Project of the Year in offsite awards

Portakabin’s Global Academy in Hayes, West London has won Education Project of the Year in this year’s Offsite Awards.

The £16m state-of-the-art hybrid modular building - which was featured in the January/February edition of Education Design & Build - is the UK’s first University Technical College (UTC) to be built offsite. A state school for 14-19 year olds, founded and sponsored by Global, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment groups. The school prepares students for careers in the broadcast and digital media industry, offering academic and vocational training to help them succeed in the real world.

Engineered and built by Portakabin and designed with architects Surface to Air, the 8,700 sqm school has an iconic, futuristic design which has created an inspiring environment for learning. A spectacular roof-lit central atrium provides a dynamic circulation space and focal point for the college.

The technically-complex building was designed to deliver a demanding acoustic specification for the broadcast areas, with triple glazing and specially-engineered air conditioning. Media and lighting have been integrated into the highly glazed west façade which can be illuminated during live broadcasts from the building.

Derek Carter, Chief Executive of Portakabin, said: “This demonstrates how an advanced offsite solution from Portakabin can realise an outstanding building design which successfully integrates different methods of construction. It also illustrates our team’s ability to regenerate a highly constrained and very challenging brownfield site to deliver an inspiring building and in less than 12 months. This is an amazing achievement.”

Other school projects shortlisted for Education Project of the Year were: Caledonian, Ashville College, Harrogate; Innovare Systems, Clements Primary School, Haverhill, Suffolk; Kier, Buckingham Park, St Nicolas and St Mary Schools, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex; Net Zero Buildings, Schoolhaus, Redmoor Academy, Hinckley, Leicestershire; PHP Architects, Silverstone Primary School, Northants; and another Portakabin project, the Riverside Campus, Barking, East London.

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