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Wernick Buildings deliver bespoke off-site building solutions to clients nationwide.
The Wernick Group has been family owned and run since it was founded 85 years ago, making it Britain’s oldest independent modular building manufacturer
We know that unique requirements cant be met with an off the shelf building. Thats why we take a flexible approach to our projects, to ensure we deliver a bespoke solution that responds to your needs.
Our approach means you can enjoy all the advantages of off-site construction without compromising on the quality or finish achievable with traditional building methods.
Wernick are also the only modular building provider in the UK with a dedicated Construction Division, which means that we can take full responsibility for every stage of your project, from inception to completion.
“ Initial staff reaction to the new building can only be described as ecstatic. One teacher was seen dancing with delight at the size, specification and finish of her new room. These new rooms, even with the folding partitions closed, are twice the size of the rooms in the old school. ”
“ My colleagues and I were very impressed at the speed and build quality achieved on this complex project within the confines of a working hospital. Modular building ticks all the right boxes as far as we are concerned. ”
“ Wernick Buildings was chosen through tender process, based on the quality of their buildings and the deliverability. We were very happy working with Wernick and had a great relationship with the Wernick staff. ”
“ Wernick were very flexible in their approach to discovering and delivering precisely what we wanted. Their passion for tailoring their buildings to the customers needs was very evident during their initial presentation. ”
"This is an outstanding and very special little school … it is accomplished in making the very best use of its limited site and accommodation to meet the pupils’ differing needs.” These glowing remarks are from the introductory lines of the 2008 Ofsted Inspection Report on St Giles-on-the-Heath Community School, near Launceston, Devon.
Pivotal to St Giles’ continuing development was the provision of a new building for the pre-school department of another Devon school by Wernick. This proved to be just what was needed for that community, so the designers were subsequently asked to provide three more modular building designs for Devon County Council based on this successful project. St Giles was chosen to receive one of those designs after the Ofsted report was published.
The exterior of the new modular building is finished in Siberian Larch; a sustainable wood that also compliments the school’s environment. It has a large entrance lobby, an en-suite kitchen to the spacious main room and disabled and children’s toilet facilities. Charlotte McCarroll, the unit’s manager and teacher, described the outdoor provision for the building as, “wonderful for exploration and gardening”. A covered decking area is described as “fantastic” by Charlotte and her staff of four support workers, who can now allow the children to play outside in inclement weather.
“This new building is light years away from our previous accommodation”, said Charlotte. With the addition of their new building St Giles School has probably experienced one of its biggest changes since it was founded in 1901.
After the ground works had been completed the four bays which comprise the modular building were delivered and craned-in in one day. Actual time on-site to finish the building was eight weeks. The craning-in of the four modules was started at 5.30 am on a weekday morning during term-time and was finished by 8.00am, so Holly Torvell, the school’s head teacher, was able to claim that the school’s day-to-day activities were not really affected by noise or any other environmental disruption from the building site. The property’s natural stone perimeter walls and Siberian Larch exterior complements the school’s rural environment.
Nowhere else in the UK is there a cycle circuit like the one at Hillingdon; it’s an excellent, traffic-free, 0.93 mile closed road circuit and it’s flat and fast. For keen local cyclists who regularly use the venue the problem was that there were no other amenities on the site, i.e., changing rooms and toilets etc. This was proving to be an obstacle for further development of the site’s use nationally.
After five years of using old building site huts, the London Borough of Hillingdon and Sport England moved in with generous grants towards the site’s further development. Designed by Christopher Richards of architects Acanthus LW, the new clubhouse used Wernick Buildings’ modular technology to achieve an impressive, rapid and cost-effective result that includes a range of clubhouse facilities. The borough and the architects decided to use a modular building system of construction because of cost implications and critical time restraints. There was a very tight six month deadline on the use of the grants. Wernick delivered and positioned the nine modules that comprise the modular building in one day. Internal and external finishing work took 16 weeks to complete from the date of delivery to site.
This new facility has enabled the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit Users Group to gradually expand usage, particularly with their winter series of events, which have been a huge success claims Stuart Benstead, its vice chairman.
In the last year the circuit has been used by 450 registered British Cycling (BC) members. “Cycling no longer has a cloth cap image”, claims Mark Doel, BC’s central region events officer. "In order to expand creatively in the UK we need good officials who are properly trained. This is where this new centre will be invaluable”.
The circuit is positioned on a clear area of heath that is designated as Minet Country Park. This required local government officials and Wernick Buildings to co-operate closely to protect the environment. Amongst the additions to the new modular building are nesting boxes for bats, swifts and other birds. The Wernick building is also entirely clad in attractive ThermoWood, which is a heat-treated wooden finish that resists rot and has increased durability and stability.
A two-storey, 2000 square metre floor area, 44 bed isolation ward completed in the miracle time of 26 weeks is up and running at Warwick Hospital. Commissioned by the local NHS Trust through Holbrow Brookes Construction Consultants, the tender was won by Wernick Buildings on price and the ability to deliver the modular building to an exceptionally tight deadline. Only Wernick was able to guarantee that the stipulated completion date would be met.
With the Swine Flu pandemic in mind the 72-bay, £3.4m modular building is equipped throughout as an infection control isolation wing with all the fittings that this type of ward requires, such as passive infra-red (PIR) controlled lighting, taps and air-tight door operation. All ward areas are also equipped with medical gases, wet system central heating, comfort cooling, and supply and extract filtered ventilation. In addition, the mechanical systems in the modular building are controlled by a state-of-the-art computerized building management computer. Two large bed lifts between the floors were also included in the design.
The estates manager at Warwick Hospital commented, “My colleagues and I were very impressed at the speed and build quality achieved on this complex project within the confines of a working hospital. Modular building ticks all the right boxes as far as we are concerned”.
Barley Close Community Primary school is growing with a single storey nursery block supplied by Wernick. As well as a classroom, the modular design also incorporates a kitchen, staff area and toilets. The building will help the school as it expands to accommodate double the amount of classes per year group. During the construction programme Wernick provided the school with infant size high visibility waistcoats and hard hats, and the school introduced a mini builders’ compound to replicate the actual works taking place.
More and more schools are finding how advantageous offsite construction is for expansion. While traditional construction can be loud and distracting for pupils, the solution offered by modular classrooms has a negligible impact on the site and the running of Barley Close suffered minimal disruption. The installation was completed during school holidays. This meant the building was ready and waiting for teachers and pupils at the start of the new term, with only the external works left to complete. The whole programme, from point of order through to handover, took only five weeks.
The less wasteful nature of modular buildings also makes them a perfect choice for a school doing its part to help the environment. Barley Close has earned a reputation for being green; environmental issues are integrated into pupils’ education and the school participates in the Eco Schools programme. Their hard work has won them an icon on the Bristol Walk of Fame for being Bristol’s most sustainable school.
Michelle Moorcraft, school Business Manager, commented “The new space is light and airy and both staff and pupils love it.” The classroom has been used for a wide range of activities, from hosting Father Christmas in December to converting part of it into a forest from the popular children’s book ‘The Gruffalo’. Even the toilets, specially adapted for nursery children, were incorporated into lessons on germs and hygiene.
Architecturally designed and built completely to spec, the new three-storey, modular building on the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus is full of unique features.
New office space was required to accommodate University academics: overall growth and construction work elsewhere on campus meant that staff were temporarily displaced. Planning permission was granted for a new office block, but only for 3 and a half years.
The brief: the building needed to be temporary but not feel temporary, and it needed to be spacious, modern and light. Time was of the essence, but without compromise on finish.
Of the three companies asked to tender by the University, Wernick Buildings were selecting as the preferred tenderer based on a combination of cost, quality and programme. A Wernick Buildings’ modular system allowed the architects to customise the internal and external finishes while maintaining the budget and schedule.
A wide range of features were specified from the outset: from architectural features such as the large sections of glazing, feature banding and projecting window surrounds, down to the finishing touches of skirtings, window frames and doors. The resulting space is befitting to its prestigious surroundings and listed neighbouring buildings.
After just six weeks in the factory, the 36 modules were loaded and ready for the trip from South Wales to Birmingham. The February installation was on schedule: even after allowing for some of the worst snow this country has seen for some time! Crane trucks manoeuvred the modules through mature trees on the site – giving the final impression that the building had always been there.
Kevin O’Flaherty, Senior Project Manager at University of Birmingham is responsible for a portion of the University’s ambitious capital programme: from the inception to getting the keys. Kevin, alongside the architects, worked very closely with the team at Wernick Buildings saying that he was in touch almost every day as decisions had to be made so quickly. Kevin found the Wernick team to be “highly professional and always wanting to do the best job”.
Kevin remarked: “I often hear “it doesn’t feel like a modular building” – the extra touches have really made the space and feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive from both staff and planning.”
Due to the nature of the modular system used, the University can choose to move the building: either keeping the current configuration or changing it completely. The modules are built to be stacked up to four-storeys high or reduced down to one-storey. Kevin, however, feels the building sits very comfortably in its existing setting!
Glancy Nicholls Architects Ltd, based in Birmingham and London, is a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice and was started in 2004. Wernick worked with the firm previously, also at the University of Birmingham. Wernick helped GNA to deliver a low impact building for researchers studying the surrounding woodlands. Read more about the BIFoR scheme here.
GNA architectural assistant Aiden Astle, who worked on the new office building, is excited about both projects’ potential to “challenge the misconception of modular buildings”. The office building, he added, is further proof of modular’s capabilities: “This project demonstrates that a limited time-frame doesn’t need to infringe on quality. This project has proven the flexibility of this method of construction and the results speak for themselves.” To view a 3D model of the building, courtesy of GNA, click here.
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