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RCI May 2017

Zink CLADDING & SHEETING 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk South Shields starts ‘Thro-Wall’ ceiling system for Foyle Arena a new chapter Increasingly, secondary schools and academies are looking to update their buildings’ exteriors to project an image that reflects a professional, modern, and successful ethos. This year, specialist contractor Cladding Coatings has completed the external refurbishment, rebranding and renovation of the Dukeries Academy in Nottinghamshire during an extensive period of bespoke works. The Academy Transformation Trust approached Cladding Coatings when it became clear that the existing, 1960’s built, education complex was not projecting the correct external image of the academy. Not only was a refurbishment of the buildings and facilities required to deliver the best environment for both students and staff, the Trust was also aware that the new look needed to apply to the academy as a whole, thus it knew that complete rebranding was necessary. Work commenced at the Nottinghamshire site in summer 2016. Full regeneration of the academy’s facilities was required to promote its image as a successful, proactive, and safe working environment for students and staff alike. Therefore, the project comprised not only refurbishment construction works, but also a full rebrand of the academy’s image. This included a fully revised colour scheme, which in turn formed the basis for the new logo, to ensure that the academy’s professional and successful image was reflected from the outset. To ensure brand cohesion academywide, 044 MAY 2017 RCIMAG.COM before beginning work on site Cladding Coatings developed visual mock-ups of the rebrand and refurbishment. This allowed the Trust to fully visualise the results of the project to be certain they were fully satisfied before the work began. In addition to the digital mock-ups, on-site samples were also provided for approval, this also allowed testing of the chosen coating system. The upmost importance was given to the project not affecting the operations of the Academy and also ensuring the safety of both the operatives and students alike. Detailed site specific risk assessments and method statements were created and all operatives had DBS checks to ensure everybody was suitable to work around vulnerable groups. Edward Thomas, of Academy Transformation Trust, commented: “We have worked closely with Cladding Coatings to undertake a transformational piece of work addressing an outdated secondary academy with a particularly tired external building fabric. We worked closely with Mike and his team throughout an extremely easy design process which enabled the academy to view different colour options and paint specification prior to agreeing the final brief. We found the service from concept through to carrying out the works in a live school very valuable which had little impact on the academy itself.” With a broad scheme of works affecting all areas of the academy, it was necessary that the project was completed during school term time. Therefore, it was vital that the work did not have any negative impact on the students’ learning. The Trust and the contractor, thoroughly and carefully coordinated the works to ensure that the academy’s day-today operations were not affected by the project, and all classes could proceed as normal. With the broad scheme of works now complete, the Cladding Coatings team is proud to have been integral to the project that has transformed Dukeries Academy from its former secondary schoolstyle appearance to that of a modern, fresh, aspirational academy. In 2016, this was the first time in 50 years the Academy received an Ofsted rating of good. www.claddingcoatings.co.uk New Coating completes academy rebrand An integrated 5000m² roof assembly on the new Foyle Arena has not only achieved the most elegant external roof lines but also the most efficient and good looking acoustic ceiling underside. This system has been used with particular effect over the sports halls and swimming pool areas of the facility where clearly effective acoustic performance is essential. The main structural support is APL StrongBak in pre-coated steel to the general areas and aluminium over the swimming pool. This is thermally and acoustically insulated and includes a vapour control layer and an APL Tritherm sub-frame system which carries the AP65ZS Standing Seam roof profile. The underside of the perforated StrongBak itself is the finished ceiling which eliminates the requirement, and the cost, of further suspended ceiling installation and treatments. www.archprof.co.uk South Shields is benefitting from a £16m cultural centre featuring an iconic circular façade created with the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel. Contractors Bowmer & Kirkland have overseen the project, named ‘The Word, National Centre for the Written Word’. The three-storey structure designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, includes library and exhibition space, IT suite, 3D printers, and café. The development, completed in October 2016, is part of a £100m regeneration masterplan which partners South Tyneside Council with Muse Developments. Creating a curved structure can pose a challenge, but the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel was successfully engineered to provide a smooth, highly insulated exterior envelope. To achieve this, the structural insulated panels (SIPs) were designed and factory cut into narrow widths. This allowed them to be quickly and easily fixed to the concrete frame. Steve McIntyre, Partner at FaulknerBrowns, explained their vision for the project: “The form and design approach of this iconic building seeks to establish a new benchmark in terms of quality of design, use of materials, and integration of public realm within the wider urban fabric of South Shields. This circular form encourages pedestrian movement between the Town Centre and the Riverside as well as having a striking and contemporary presence. The circular construction achieved with the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel helped us to accomplish the concept of the spreading pages of a book.” The 142mm Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel installed on ‘The Word’ can help to achieve U-values of 0.20 W/m².K or better whilst its OSB/3 facing and unique jointing system helps to minimise unnecessary air loss. www.kingspantek.co.uk Copper Stainless The Word During the refurbishment the team encountered rotten wooden weatherboards that needed replacing and so Cedral was installed in its place. Unlike timber itself, Cedral weatherboard has excellent resistance to rotting and is classified to stringently-regulated fire performance standards – an essential property for school. It is also quick-toinstall which meant that the unexpected discovery of the rotten wooden weatherboards did not hinder the contractor’s ability to complete the project on time


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