Parkhill Infants and Junior School required a main-contractor to work within their live school environment to take their school from an existing 3FE to a 4FE  by expanding the buildings in 5 different locations across the site.

The M-AR

One of the primary challenges other than the restrictive residential location, was the unusual, curved architectural aspects of the school. We thought outside of the box and achieved our first, curved modular design.


We demonstrated our expert, off-site construction ability, using an agile help the school expand, whilst seamlessly integrating the new builds and extensions with existing buildings and surroundings. As always, everything was delivered on time and on budget.

Project Size

967m 2

Completion Time

45 weeks



Project Journey

London Borough of Redbridge appointed us as a main contractor to design and construct five new classroom block extensions for the Parkhill Infants and Junior School.

The existing school building showcased a unique, curved design feature, and it was essential to the school, planners and local community that the new buildings remained in-keeping with this design.

Once again, we were able to demonstrate our flexibility to think outside of the box by creating our first curved modular design even in the face of adversity.

Another crucial aspect of this build was the priority to minimise the disruption to the local community – the school is in an extremely restrictive residential neighbourhood. Our team ensured that disruption was limited by working around school hours and term times, allowing quality teaching to continue during the works.

Promises kept

“Collaboration, communication and courtesy have been key to the success of this expansion project. Regularly scheduled meetings which were deftly and expertly chaired, ensured that all aspects of the construction were addressed and all associated parties held to account. Minutes of meetings were clear and concise and were received in good time, ahead of the next meeting. Construction does not fall into the skill base of school leaders and the professionalism and patience shown by M-AR, in the face of our many questions, were commendable.

More importantly, explanations were always clear and advice and guidance timely and useful. The views and suggestions made by the school were duly considered. As a school, we feel that the disruption to school life and to our young pupils’ learning was at a minimum. A concerted effort, on the part of all agencies involved, ensured that this was the case. We sincerely appreciate the effort and planning it took, to construct the new block, while demonstrably respecting the learners and teachers at work and at play. The Health and Safety competition and assemblies M-AR agreed to, were wonderful! Our young learners felt fully involved, in the expansion of their school. Memorable! Thank you.”

Denise Hughes,
Headteacher at Parkhill Infants and Junior School.

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