Cambridge International School

Cambridge International School

  • CLIENT: Cambridge International School, Cambridge
  • COMPLETED: 9th October 2015
  • SIZE: 183.15 m2 GEA
  • TURN-KEY COST: £271,015 ex VAT including design, engineering,
    links to existing school and all landscaping.
  • DESIGN AND ENGINEERING: Ian Harban Associates
  • Download Drawings Here


To replace an existing temporary marquee building with a more permanent assembly and dining facility in an extremely challenging timescale and location. An order was placed with Timberworks Europe on 6th July 2015. We then began close liaison with the school and its agent to provide just the right design to satisfy the schools requirements. The building itself was built at our facility in Mid Wales and was made up of a 300mm galvanised steel frame supporting highly insulated SIP panels in the floor roof and walls. The windows are double glazed uPVC. It is clad in Western Red cedar and fully complies with current Building Regulations. In terms of energy performance the walls, roof and floors will deliver u-values (heat loss) figures of 0.22 w/m2k. This figure is over 50% better than current building regs require – it won’t cost very much to heat!


Made up of four 4.5 x 9m pods and one of 2.350m x 9m which contained the toilets, the building was delivered to site on 5 articulated lorries.

Offload and install

All the pods were offloaded in an afternoon. This saved significant H&S issues as well as minimising inconvenience to the school. Using a 100t crane meant we were able to lift the pods over a boundary hedge and keep all heavy traffic movements away from the school. The modules were joined together the same day.
By having the building watertight the same day it was delivered, meant preinstalled electrical and plumbing could be connected and commissioned the morning after delivery and internal finishing work could begin without any delay.


a) Site prep, groundworks, drains and services – 15 working days prior to delivery.
b) From delivery to the first school assembly in the building – 10 working days.
c) External landscaping and installation of a 130m2 deck for alfresco dining – 10 days.
d) Total duration on site – 35 working days