School Building Design – Haimo Primary School, London

Category: Education     Tags: Classroom minimal disruption, Outdoor classroom


“We’d like to pass on a huge thank you to the fantastic workforce who did a wonderful job. Everyone was very sensitive to the needs of the children and “The Pod” as it’s affectionately known is loved by everyone” Jan Andrews


Located in Greenwich, Haimo primary school needed a quick but cost effective school space solution to overcrowding issues. Literally bursting at the seams, the only free space left was the playground. A school building design that would minimise disruption to the children’s daily activities, as well as avoiding planning permission was required. The answer, a modular school building, so working with a company who understood the school’s problems was very important.STUDIO-Haimo-School-LONDON-4-RESIZED-BLOG

The playground had an undulating surface but once that was rectified, a unique school building design was drawn up for a simple modular space that could be quickly constructed and ready to go.

The finished education space was divided into two rooms, one side, a modular nursery for smaller children and the other, an office or worker room, that could also provide a quiet, private place for the children to practice their SAT’s away from the main school building.


The Swift Plinth foundation system used by Green Modular was a great fit for this primary school keen to avoid any major upheaval. Using less than 95% concrete than a slab foundation it avoided:

  • time consuming excavations which could uncover more than just load bearing soil
  • messy construction and digging and the laying down of old fashioned foundations

Our ability to work within a tight area and keep disruption to a minimum was crucial in this strapped for space school, who needed business to go as usual. Adding a mobile classroom ticked their checklist off quickly and effectively.

Sticking primarily to the original school building design, the interior was divided to create a versatile, attractive and permanent outdoor building, with a stunning Cedar cladding exterior. This sustainable mobile classroom was also a great way to introduce conservation to the children in a learning environment which was primarily concrete based. Had budgets allowed, they would have opt for a Sedum roof, but the Eco slate version looks stunning and comes with a 50 year warranty that blended in perfectly with the existing buildings. See more on our environmentally friendly modular building materials.


  • acoustically insulated internal wall to provide privacy
  • separate entrance doors
  • reduced height – 2.5 m

If you’d like to know more about our range of eco clasrooms, modular school buildings and other innovative space solutions for overcrowded schools, call us on 01923 20 50 90.

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