Modular construction creates more space

In 2016, Nottinghamshire County Council commissioned Arc Partnership to deliver a project at North Wheatley Primary in Retford, as the school was outgrowing its existing classroom space.

Initial plans to extend the existing classrooms would have caused too much disruption, so the decision was made to provide the extra space needed with a two-classroom modular unit, developing an area at the back of the building that had previously been left for such an extension.

The design

Utilising a modular approach meant the classrooms could be built offsite, minimising the time builders were on site and disruption to the live school environment. The building was designed with external brick and timber cladding and a pitched tiled roof, to match the rest of the school.

As part of the project, a new play area and additional parking was also delivered.

Thank you

The pupils at the school were so thrilled with their new classrooms they made a thank you card which they recently sent to the contractors on the site, Woodhead.


Some of the comments were:

“We love our new classroom.”

“Thank you. This is beautiful. We love it.”

 “We thought it would be bad, well it was good!”

It’s lovely to receive such wonderful feedback from the pupils who will be using and enjoying the classrooms, especially with such a hard audience to please!

Modular offsite construction is an ideal approach for schools that require new classrooms quickly and efficiently. Our project team are experts at delivering these types of buildings and with lots more in the pipeline, we hope our next modular building is as well received as this one.