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Beaver Road Primary School




Three-Storey - 2,380m2


6 weeks


4 weeks

On Site:

15 weeks

Due to a growth in population across the region, Premier Modular, as part of an integrated team with ISG, were tasked to address Manchester City Council’s urgent need for additional school places. Beaver Road Primary was one of eight schools completed in 14 months for the Council’s EBN Schools Programme of Works.

Volumetric offsite construction and the use of standard repeatable designs – informed by lessons learned in phase one of the scheme – enhanced the project’s ability deliver cost certainty and a programme saving of 10 weeks against a comparable traditional build scheme.

The three-storey school provides 2,380m2 of accommodation for 550 pupils aged 9-11, and was designed to achieve BREEAM Very Good. The school also achieved EPC ratings – mostly due to overall airtightness of the building, its efficiency and natural ventilation system.

The facilities included: a fully equipped sensory room, 14 classrooms, IT suites, offices, a kitchen, and a double height sports hall. An external play area was also provided at first floor level.

As Premier was working on the project from the outset, this meant that using digital construction to BIM Level 2 enabled co-ordination of the designs whilst ensuring DfMA was achieved; avoiding rework and duplication.  ISG’s bespoke Data Capture Process provided automated collection and input of COBie data from the whole supply chain resulting in Manchester City Council's first fully integrated BIM Level 2 Asset Information Model which easily integrated with the Council’s Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) systems.

The modules used were optimised to suit classroom sizes and site logistics, and the units were clad with timber-effect fibre cement board at the front elevation. They also included curtain walling and a plain panel on the rear and side elevations.

 “The project at Beaver Road Primary School has proven the effectiveness of the offsite.”

Paul White

Project Manager – Manchester City Council

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