Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Essex.


Caledonian Modular

Local Authority

Harlow Council


1700 Students


Health, Education, and Community

Key Project Information

  • The project involved the demolition of all the existing old school buildings and construction of a new main building.
  • The building was constructed almost entirely in a factory and was built while the country was in lockdown in March 2020.
Sir Fredick Gibberd School
Sir Fredick Gibberd School

Caledonian are very pleased to be undertaking this full turnkey scheme directly for the DfE to provide 1,700 urgently needed school pupil places in Harlow

Barrie Newman, Caledonian Modular – Project Director

Planning application for the construction of a 1,700 place school building over 3 storeys, a new sports block, an all-weather floodlit hockey pitch, a MUGA, football and rugby pitches and playing fields.

We provided public consultation co-ordination, pre-application submission and planning application, EIA Screening, economics appraisal, travel plan and transport assessment and prior notification of demolition of previous school buildings.

“The new building we have created is fit for 21st century learning. It has been very interesting for us to watch the modules brought onto site like Lego and turned into a building”.

Lucia Glynn, BMAT Head of Operations

Our transport team worked alongside the planning team based in Leeds to support a secondary school development located off Tendring Road, Harlow, Essex. The school replaced the former Passmores Secondary School with a new modular build scheme to accommodate up to 1,700 students and 109 staff. The team supported the project through a pre-application enquiry which included the preparation of a Transport Scoping Note detailed discussions with highway officers at Essex County Council; and also through a full planning application and subsequent discharge of conditions application.

To support the planning application, the team prepared a Transport Assessment and Framework School Travel Plan, focussed around ensuring that the proposals provide sustainable transport opportunities for future staff, visitors and students. This therefore included detailed analysis of the local highway network and in particular walking and cycling routes to the postcodes of the future catchment area.

Scoping discussions with highway officers identified potential issues with parking in the local area and therefore as part of the Transport Assessment included the analysis of a parking beat survey carried out by an independent surveyor within the vicinity of the proposed school. This involved assessing the results of the survey to confirm whether the forecast parking demand could be accommodated within the confines of the site and the local highway network.

Following planning permission being granted for the school, the transport team have since prepared a Full Travel Plan as part of a discharge of conditions application.

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