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How to Expand Capacity with a Temporary Educational Building

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In 2022, the Department of Education revealed plans to carry out two years of capacity assessments at 4,500 educational institutions in the UK.

With the updated figures, local authorities would be able to force schools to increase capacity to relieve pressure on the government to build more schools.

This plan has been met with some resistance due to issues with available space, with reports of faculty members already having to cram pupils into converted areas such as staff rooms to accommodate their high numbers.

The capacity assessments are set to begin in May 2023, placing pressure on schools that are already near maximum capacity.

One solution to this is to expand educational buildings or classrooms to accommodate more pupils. However, a traditional brick and mortar building is not only costly, but the construction process can cause significant disruption to your school & students.

A temporary, semi-permanent or permanent building is the ideal alternative, as they take less time to erect, are significantly more cost-effective and provide the perfect environments for your expanded capacity students to learn. 

In this article, we’ll explore the variety of structures available from Lauralu that allow schools to expand the capacity of their educational facilities, as well as the benefits of partnering with Lauralu.

What types of structures can be used for educational buildings?

Here are the 4 types of structures and buildings that Lauralu can manufacture and install to help expand the capacity of your school building.

Industrial canopies

Our temporary and semi-permanent industrial canopies are perfect for providing cover and protection against harsh sunlight and rain in outdoor areas. 

This makes them ideal for sports and play areas, or for shelter during recreational times such as school breaks and lunch times. They can even be used as a storage area for non-sensitive materials, such as pallets, should you need it. 

Insulated buildings

For classrooms, we highly recommend our fully insulated structures, as they provide the ideal learning environment, keeping everyone snug and warm while they learn.  

These structures are well suited for creating additional classrooms, sports halls or exam halls. The thermal protection creates a comfortable learning environment for your staff and pupils. 

Sports court covers and canopies

If your pupils are limited in what time of the year they can use outdoor sports courts due to the weather, then a sports cover or canopy from Lauralu is the answer.

Our covers and canopies protect players from the blistering heat and pouring rain, meaning there will be no more seasonal disruption to physical education classes.

Lauralu are Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) members, so you can rest assured that your sports courts and pupils are in safe hands.


To significantly expand capacity, your school may require a much larger building to hold more classrooms or sports facilities.

Our permanent steel megastructures allow you to create these enormous spaces without the need for the time-consuming and costly construction of a brick-and-mortar structure.


No matter which structure you choose for your educational building, you can rest assured that each shares the same high qualities, which include:

  • Eurocode compliance NV65, ERP (CT57)
  • Security features
  • Thermal comfort
  • Acoustic performance
  • 100% recyclable materials

If you’re uncertain which type of building or structure would be the best option for your school, get in touch with our team with your project specifications to receive bespoke advice. 

Why choose Lauralu?

When it comes to the construction of additional educational buildings on your site, it’s your pupils’ safety and wellbeing that is at stake. 

Here are 4 reasons why Lauralu are the best provider of temporary and semi-permanent structures to expand your school’s capacity.

High-quality materials

Lauralu structures are only built using the highest quality steel, aluminium and

fabrics, so you can rest assured knowing that your structure is built using the best materials.

10-year guarantee

We’re so confident with the quality of our products that all of our structures come with a 10-year structural guarantee.

Fully customisable

We understand that no two schools are the same and that each educational facility will have unique requirements. That’s why our structures are fully customisable with a variety of features available depending on your specific needs.

Rapid turnaround

Construction can be a disruptive process, which is a risk when the education of your pupils is involved. That’s why Lauralu guarantees a rapid turnaround, beginning construction within six weeks and completing the installation in one week on average.

Extend Capacity -Educational Buildings and Structures from Lauralu

At Lauralu, we have over 30 years of experience in manufacturing high-quality temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures.

We own the entire process, from manufacture to installation and maintenance, giving you peace of mind that your project is in expert hands.

We’re proud not just of our products, but our service, designing structures to suit any budget and achieving rapid turnarounds, even on the most demanding projects.

Based in the heart of the UK, we are perfectly positioned to supply your educational buildings and structures, allowing you to extend your school capacity in as short a timeframe as possible.

If you have any further questions about our services or would like to receive a bespoke estimate for your project, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

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