Currently under construction by Morrison Construction, the £68 million Barony Campus is the biggest capital investment project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council.
Double stacked accommodation complex comprising a total of 18 x 32’ eco accommodation units
The new campus will incorporate The Robert Burns Academy, Lochnorris Primary School, Cherry Trees Early Childhood Centre and Hillside School, providing state-of-the-art facilities for children, young people and the local community. Situated on a 19.8 hectare site, the Barony Campus will house 2,500 students and 300 members of staff.
Set out as a series of four interconnected buildings, the campus will feature a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and Scotland’s first interactive and immersive room - a high-tech audio visual space where learners can be part of a virtual environment. Community recreation space will include a community café, meeting rooms, theatre space, enterprise kitchen for catering, recording studio, music practice rooms and project space for crafts and pottery. The new campus will also offer two full sized, flood-lit synthetic pitches of world class rugby standard, a 400m running track, two full sized grass pitches, a 7-a-side floodlit synthetic pitch and an outdoor basketball court, together with 13 indoor courts.
“A-Plant Accommodation were asked to provide a total of 18 cabins for the welfare set-up at Barony Campus. From the moment Morrison Construction made enquiries regarding the welfare units right through to delivery, A-Plant Accommodation were extremely helpful and always on hand to answer any enquires we had. Freddy from
A-Plant Accommodation visited site on several occasions prior to and after the install - initially to ensure everything was in place and going to plan to prevent minimum disruption during the install, and after the install to ensure everything was running correctly and that we were satisfied with the install.
During the install A-Plant Accommodation informed me of estimated delivery times which was a great help as this allowed us to ensure traffic management was in place to avoid disruption to our neighbours or the surrounding community. The cabins are of very high standard and met the specification that was required in line with our sustainability and environmental policy.”
Jamie McCaffery Site Manager, Morrison Construction
A large temporary accommodation complex was required to provide welfare facilities for Morrison Construction workers, as well as sub-contractors and visitors to the construction site. Facilities required included dining and kitchen areas, toilets and drying rooms, as well as a reception area, offices and meeting rooms. Due to space restrictions on-site, it was necessary to double stack the units and the accommodation complex needed to be set up within a tight timeframe. In line with Morrison Construction’s principles for sustainability in the built environment, the accommodation units needed to be as environmentally efficient and energy saving as possible.
A-Plant Accommodation designed an accommodation complex specifically for this project, making the most of the space available. A double stacked configuration was devised, comprising a total of 18 x 32’ accommodation units. This comprised six units being used as office areas, four units for canteen facilities, two units for use as drying rooms, two units for toilet facilities, one unit for a reception area, one unit for a kitchen and toilet, plus a meeting room and an induction room, as well as linked units and staircases.
All units provided were of the latest eco specification incorporating a number of green technologies specially adapted for use in energy saving portable accommodation, such as passive infra-red lighting (PIR), low-energy fluorescent lighting, double glazing, passive on-demand tap water and flushing, boiler timers and smart heaters. These energy saving features lead to reduced carbon dioxide emissions, ultra-low noise pollution and reduced fuel usage. The full quota of 18 accommodation units was delivered over a strict four day period. Ten units were brand new and delivered straight from the production line of the manufacturer Thurston and the remaining eight units came from the Bellshill A-Plant Accommodation branch. All deliveries were strictly co-ordinated by A-Plant Accommodation to ensure the units were delivered in the correct order.
A-Plant Accommodation has provided Morrison Construction with a high specification, environmentally efficient accommodation complex for this high profile campus development which will be one of the most impressive educational facilities in Scotland.