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Buildings, Maintenance, Refurbishment & Design Weatherite wins academy award

Weatherite Building Services’ (WBS) wealth of experience in providing optimum kitchen ventilation systems was the only reassurance Grange Lane Infant Academy needed when looking to upgrade their kitchen facilities. Grange Lane Infant Academy based in Doncaster is sponsored by School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) who operate as a single multi-academy sponsor.

Johnstone’s range creates sustainable oasis for students

Products from Johnstone’s Ecological Solutions range have ensured the new £24million Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford is provided with a sustainable and durable finish for years to come.

The Academy contains a wide variety of contrasting substrates, including new plastered and exposed concrete, softwood, metalwork, MDF and concrete floors, ensuring products from far and wide across the Johnstone’s product portfolio were utilised to give the facilities an impressive finish. Johnstone’s Acrylic Durable Matt provided the new plaster and exposed concrete walls in high traffic areas with a durable and lasting finish, with Dry Lining Paint being used for the ceilings, while the exposed softwood was primed with Johnstone’s Acrylic Primer Undercoat and then finished with the Acrylic Satin, which was also applied to the MDF.

The 14 products that make up Johnstone’s Ecological Solutions range have fast become the first choice for specifiers and architects looking to specify an environmentally friendly paint product, since the range received the coveted EU Ecolabel accreditation two years ago.

University of Arts London – student accommodation at Camberwell campus

Previously occupied by Southwark Council, this £6.6m project undertaken by The Miller Group involved the major refurbishment and conversion of four 18th Century buildings, three of which are Grade 11 Listed, to provide campus-style halls of residence together with leisure and catering facilities for students attending Camberwell College of Arts.

Conveniently situated next door to the college, the Camberwell campus offers affordable accommodation for up to 155 students and consists of a combination of single and twin rooms arranged into shared flats and self- contained studios.

The college is one of the world’s foremost art and design institutions and one of six colleges that form the University of Arts London (UAL). There is a huge national shortage of quality affordable student accommodation, particularly in and around London; and to be able to offer potential students this standard and range of living-space plays an important role in attracting high quality applicants to Camberwell. The development aimed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and provide a quiet and secure environment for the students. The existing single glazed sash windows could not meet the necessary performance levels but an effective solution to both the insulation and security requirements was found with Selectaglaze’s specialist secondary glazing systems.

These were designed to be sympathetic to the existing windows using matching sliding sash units or full sized hinged casements. Toughened low emissivity glass was specified to maximise thermal insulation, achieving U- values below 2.0, and improve safety. More vulnerable windows were treated with products having a Police Preferred Specification under the


Secured by Design initiative and all windows were positioned with a deep cavity to optimise sound insulation. Noise reductions of 45dB are typically achieved.

A total of 350 widows were treated and, as a reversible adaptation to the building, the work is fully acceptable to English Heritage. Selectaglaze, founded in 1966 and a Royal Warrant holder since 2004, is an original designer of secondary glazing systems working with a very wide range of clients and has developed particular expertise in the treatment of period buildings.

The company provides an extensive range of literature and guidance notes covering acoustics, thermal performance and security and also offers a technical advisory service and a RIBA approved CPD Seminar for professional designers.

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Appointed as Main Contractor WBS designed, supplied and installed a complete kitchen ventilation system which included an island mounted extract canopy together with a roof mounted extract fan, a roof mounted make up air unit incorporating a gas fired tempered air burner. In addition WBS carried out all necessary electrical and gas works.

All work was completed and commissioned during the half term holiday so as to ensure minimal disruption to the day to day running of the school. “We were delighted to have been awarded this project after a successful tender process,” said Mike Turton, Managing Director of WBS, ”And feel that our experience in this sector and our technical ability to deliver the right solution was a major contributing factor.”

WBS has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of building service including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, commercial kitchen ventilation/extraction, data centre/IT cooling, boiler house refurbishment/replacement and all aspects of M & E services. WBS offers its customers a complete building services solution-from one single source including total project management and full design, installation and commissioning activities.

WBS is part of the £40m Weatherite Group, one of the UK’s leading HVAC and Building Services organisations.

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