When we say we're installing modular buildings in a number of our schools as part of the state government's $1.3b capital investment we know there’s a chance you’re picturing old school transportables.
Prefabricated buildings have come a long way in the last 30 years and modular classrooms now rival the function, durability, and aesthetics of a traditional build. They allow facilities to be delivered in a shorter timeframe and often at a lower cost.
Brighton Primary School Principal Ian Filer has been truly impressed with the swift process of the construction and installation of their new $5.154m modular building and says building on a completely new footprint has enabled them to move very quickly towards completion, with no disruption to student learning.
"The design is very spacious and of high quality, with the installation being very time effective. It is a very exciting time for the Brighton Primary School community, particularly our year 3, 4 and 5 students, who will occupy the building at the conclusion of term 2."
Progress shots from Brighton Primary School's capital works program (Left: March progress shot; Right: April progress shot).
Designed by Das Studio and delivered by Sarah Constructions, the modular will provide eight general learning areas, one serviced learning area, large breakout spaces, a canteen, teacher preparation space, toilets, withdrawal spaces and a large undercover deck space.
Wirreanda Secondary School's Principal Caroline Fishpool agrees they've evolved for the better. As part of their $11.5m capital works project, the school has seen new modular buildings built which now accommodate their year 7s.
"The new buildings have provided us with 16 additional learning areas connected with undercover walkways and landscaped courtyards."
"Our students and staff absolutely love the new learning spaces which are certainly being used to their full potential."
For more information on Wirreanda Secondary School's capital works project and others visit the Major School Upgrades webpage.
Wirreanda Secondary School are one of three Year 7 to High School Pilot School's giving insights to inform planning for the statewide move in 2022.
To find out more about the move visit the Year 7 to High School webpage.