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Buildings, Maintenance, Refurbishment and Design


Top marks for The Window Company (Contracts)


The Window Company (Contracts) quoted, surveyed, designed and installed more than 40 casement windows in a quadrangle at Parkside Primary School in Chingford in record time to ensure that the work could be completed whilst the school’s 368 pupils were safely on holiday. Managing Director of The Window Company (Contracts) David Thornton, said: “We are always flexible in our approach and employ large numbers of fully trained, CRB checked fitters whom we can deploy to urgent jobs such as these. “We recognise that, in any primary school refurbishment project involving glazing panels, windows or doors, child safety and site security is high on the agenda for the head teacher, bursar or school facilities manager responsible, and we are geared to respond. Wherever possible, our installation work is carried out in the school holidays to minimise any risks.”


The project brief was to replace shabby and poorly performing aluminium windows with smart, low maintenance and energy efficient alternatives in PVC-U.


Ultralight staging putting Gopak in the spotlight


Bursar at the school Sandra Wood


said: “From our first contact with them to the completion of the installation, the whole team at The Window Company impressed us. “They managed the whole project


seamlessly and gave us helpful advice on the best solution for our building. Their fitting teams on site were unfailingly efficient and polite, and as a result we have already commissioned them to replace the fascias and soffits in the quadrangle and to fit new external doors.”


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Blean Primary School in Canterbury required a lightweight and easy to construct staging unit for the variety of performances and assemblies it produces. Gopak came top of the class by supplying its Ultralight Staging which covered all of the school’s specifications as well as being cost effective. The Gopak Ultralight Staging is made of an expanding aluminium base and comes with lightweight staging platforms. These elements complement each other perfectly to provide a lightweight staging alternative to the wooden block staging that was previously being used.


Although lightweight, Gopak Ultralight Staging does not compromise on strength. When fixed together each component offers a strong staging unit that supports a uniform distributed load of 1000kg per square metre.


The Ultralight Staging takes up


limited space and can easily be stored thanks to the unique folding


aluminium tubed base. The base units fold to less than 2% of the open size when dismantled, meaning you can have the best staging solution without compromising on valuable storage space. School Business Manager Anne Stone said “Our previous staging was heavy and cumbersome to move making it difficult to use. The Gopak staging is used on a regular basis as it is so easy to put up and take down.”


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Kawneer systems help light up UK’s first super-school


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Elements from all of Kawneer’s portfolio of architectural aluminium systems have helped the UK’s first super-school achieve a BREEAM “Very good” rating.


Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain walling and slope glazing, AA®541 and AA®3110 windows along with AA®605 and series 190 doors feature throughout the £36million Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, Greater Manchester.


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The 16,246m2 building was designed by Sheppard Robson architects to create a joint campus for the 1,160-student academy, which was formed in 2009 by the merger of Withins Secondary School and Top o’ th’ Brow Primary School, and Firwood School which caters for children with special education needs. Their brief was to create an inspiring environment with a range of specialist facilities at the heart of the community, on a site which sloped over 37 metres from top to bottom. The result is a stepped building which appears to cascade down the incline, its size and scale broken down by the arrangement of the blocks. The Kawneer systems were installed on the steel-frame building


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for main contractor Kier Construction. The walls achieve a U-value of 0.28 W/m2K through double-leaf blockwork with 100mm of glass wool insulation within the partial fill cavity. Sheppard Robson architect David Baldwin said: “The curtain wall interfaces with rainscreen cladding externally to all communal areas, creating a strong visual distinction from the teaching spaces in the building which are buff brick with Kawneer windows. “The robust door sets to the main entrances are designed for high use and high impact resistance which is essential for school environments. Security was also a key issue so the building was designed to meet Secured by Design standards where possible.”


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June 2014


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