Modular accommodation manufacturer Elite Systems GB was commissioned by Hampshire County Council to undertake the design, manufacture and installation of high-specification factory manufactured accommodation blocks to significantly increase the capacity of the existing buildings at Stubbington Study Centre.
Following detailed cost comparisons, traditional build for Phase 1 of this project was ruled out with off-site offering significant cost-savings along with the capability to deliver the full programme in just six-months over a winter period. Factory manufacture guaranteed consistently high quality often unachievable through traditional build and the speed of construction using off-site technology significantly reduced potential health and safety issues as the site remained live during the contract period.
Fully factory manufactured, the units provide accommodation for 40 students and 10 teachers and incorporate dormitories, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Constructed from sustainably managed, insulated timber frame, offering enhanced thermal and environmental properties, the units feature a unique cranked timber joist roof design, providing sloping ceilings to match those in the original accommodation units. First fix electrics, plumbing and specialist joinery were also undertaken in the factory with black stained Thermowood cladding to the exterior, providing a hard-wearing finish which matched closely the original buildings to provide a cohesive design solution for the project.
With a long history working as a Principal Contractor, Achilles accredited Elite Systems was also commissioned to provide Phase 2 of the project which included the refurbishment of many of the 80-year old original timber clad blocks, providing a mix of dormitories, bathrooms, conference rooms together with a technology centre.
Elite provided a full turnkey solution for the project including groundworks and the installation of concrete foundation rafts to mitigate severe ground conditions. Elite also replaced and upgraded utilities on-site and provided a fully off-site manufactured and fitted out plant room to the project.