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Foremans completes 8th project for Leeds City Council as part of major regeneration initiative


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK’s leading supplier of pre-owned modular buildings, has completed its eighth construction project for Leeds City Council – a single storey training and enterprise centre that forms part of a £20m regeneration initiative spearheaded by the Council.

The centre in Seacroft follows the completion of three projects for Leeds City Council using recycled and refurbished modular buildings at Parklands High School, and other schemes at schools in Scholes, Harehills and Wetherby.

The latest project, a 15,000sqft modular building, accommodates a range of construction skills teaching facilities for local people, as part of the East and South East Leeds (EASEL) project. It also provides a valuable classroom resource and a drop-in enterprise centre.

The new centre has been funded through the Government’s Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, which aims to inspire enterprise and grow local businesses in some of the most deprived areas of England.

The partially brick-clad building, which Foremans completed in less than two months, comprises a large workshop area, two classrooms, generous shower, WC and washroom facilities, and an open plan office that offers local entrepreneurs accommodation for business support and networking.

Commenting on the choice of the Foremans approach, Mark Scott, Service Manager – Jobs and Skills Service at Leeds City Council, said, “The boundless possibilities for re-use within the long life of the EASEL project was the driving force behind our choice of building type. As the building is fully relocatable and can easily be reconfigured, it provides us with a cost-effective alternative to traditionally constructed, permanent accommodation.”

He added, “The main advantage of a second hand, refurbished modular building is that it can be occupied in a matter of weeks from delivery. Regardless of the bad weather, the building was very quick to complete. We are very pleased with the finished building and are looking forward to using it to its full potential.”

Lisa Smith, Programme Officer from the East Area Regeneration Team at Leeds City Council, said, “The new training and enterprise centre will give local people a greater opportunity to acquire practical skills to help them succeed. It is a great facility.”

“The workshop area can be split into four sections for teaching bricklaying, plastering, joinery and other building skills. The classrooms will be used as a satellite learning facility for training providers and the catalyst centre is designed to encourage and support local entrepreneurs. It will serve our partners with the extra resources they need to improve training, education and business support for local people.”

The 37-module building was already 70 per cent complete when it was delivered to site, which reduced the programme time. Power points, lighting, carpets and sanitary ware were pre-installed. Additional work carried out by Foremans included installation of brick cladding to the front elevation, a suspended ceiling with recessed air conditioning and a hardwearing but easily replaceable vinyl floor.

Editor’s Notes

1.The use of pre-owned modular buildings, which are fully compliant with Building Regulations, generates less than 10 per cent of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3 per cent of the energy during construction compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size.

2.Foremans provides a nationwide service from its 24,000 sqm production centre in East Yorkshire, and its southern regional office in Dunstable. It offers a full range of construction services, including planning, finance, design and space planning, project management, groundworks, fitting out, delivery and site installation, testing and commissioning. Tel: 01964 544344. Email:

3.Foremans offers the UK’s largest selection of refurbished pre-owned Portakabin buildings available from stock, for applications such as classrooms, ward accommodation and hospital facilities, laboratories, offices and airport buildings.

For further PRESS information, please contact:

Joanne Bridges, PRO – Foremans
Bridges Communications
Tel: 01489 570898
Fax: 01489 570888


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