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Buildings, Maintenance & Refurbishment

Alumasc “Single Point” waterproofing system protects school roofs

A new Alumasc Euroroof waterproofing system has been installed on nine refurbished roof areas at Brownmead Primary Academy, providing an effective long-term solution for this Junior and Infant school in Shard End, Birmingham. Following numerous historic patchwork repairs

to the school’s previous waterproofing system, Educational Support Services West Midlands (ESSWM) commissioned Alumasc to perform a detailed site survey of all flat roof areas. The resulting Roof Condition Report stated that the original system integrity was seriously compromised, with high levels of entrapped moisture identified within the insulation to the main roof area. Varying levels of deterioration across the roof areas were recorded and clear recommendations for how these would be addressed were given within the site specific specification. Effective planning and teamwork was essential,

as all of the work had to be completed without disrupting the functioning of this junior and primary school for 4-11-year-old children from the Shard End and Castle Bromwich areas of Birmingham. ESSWM Managing Partner Scott Timmins

commented: “From the outset, Alumasc have been excellent. The thoroughness of their initial

site survey and the design solution they proposed were impressive, and the quality of the work undertaken by their approved installer, Clarendon Roofing, was first-rate”. Ashley Winters, Head Teacher at Brownmead

Primary Academy added: “I am delighted we now have a brand new waterproofing system which will help protect the school from the elements for

years to come. Importantly, even though some of the work had to be undertaken during term time, there was no material disruption to the safe and efficient running of our school either”. u0333 5771 500

First project in £28m school batch starts on site in Surrey A

£5.6 million project to provide a new building for the 480-place Pyrford Primary School near Woking has started on site. The

contract awarded to the Portakabin Group is the first scheme in the £28 million Surrey and Kent batch of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme. Four other primary school rebuild projects in this batch are in the final design development stages. An official ground-breaking ceremony was held at Pyrford Primary

School to mark the start of construction work to replace its existing dilapidated 1960s school building. The project is one of six schools in the region to be rebuilt by the Portakabin Group under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Each scheme is being designed to the latest teaching standards and will be delivered using Yorkon advanced off-site construction solutions. Excited children were joined by staff from the school and

representatives from the Diocese of Guildford, the Education Funding Agency and the Portakabin Group to celebrate the start of work on site. Pupils and teachers attending Pyrford Primary School will benefit

from a completely new school, with high levels of natural light and increased access and space for outdoor play and learning. The two- storey facility will have 16 bright, purpose-designed classrooms for two forms of entry and a multi-purpose hall. Kathryn Krynicki, Head Teacher at Pyrford Primary School said, “This

is such an important milestone in the project and in the history of the school. Our existing facility is beyond repair so we are delighted to be benefiting from a brand new school which will transform the learning environment for our children for many years to come.”

Left to right: Andrew Simpkin, Head of Project Delivery, Portakabin Group; Kathryn Krynicki, Head Teacher, Pyrford Church of England Primary School and Richard Crosby, Project Director, Education Funding Agency.


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