Highgate Wood School in London – a designated arts college to the North of the City – is no exception. However, throughout this year, noisy construction work currently being undertaken to upgrade school buildings adjacent to the exam hall, left nowhere suitable for students to sit their exams. Charged with finding an appropriate on-site alternative, Business Manager, Tony Burton was struggling to find a venue to accommodate an uninterrupted programme of GCSEs and A levels. With only 6 weeks to go until the first exam, he needed a quick and versatile solution and contacted Spaciotempo, the UK’s largest temporary building provider.
Working in conjunction with the school and Haringey Council – which is overseeing the construction work as part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme – Spaciotempo completed a fully operational temporary exam hall in less than 6 weeks from the initial enquiry in March. Fixed to the hard surface of the school’s rear playground, some distance away from building works, a 15m x 65m hall was constructed, fitted out and ready for the first exam to take place on the 5th May.
The high-specification building included glazed front doors, high quality flooring and eye level windows to create a light and airy environment conducive to sitting examinations. Split by an internal partition to provide two exam halls, flush-fitted, 40mm reinforced cavity walls were provided to retain heat for an ambient and comfortable temperature. Additionally, and of maximum importance, was the low noise pump in the insulated roof – specified to cause minimal distraction to the students.
Delighted at the result of the build, Tony Burton said: “Our exam hall has been extremely well received by students and teachers alike. It is incredible to think that 2 months ago we were at a loss to host our exams and we now have an incredible building which is absolutely fit for purpose”.
The temporary building has actually proved to be more versatile than its original purpose and has also found use as a venue for Parents Evenings, assemblies and other school events.
“It’s effectively replaced our Assembly Hall during the building works. Staff and students like it so much that they don’t want it to be dismantled. Wish I could afford to retain it!”