The Optimum Education Solution

Light steel framing is used in offsite construction for a wide range of building types and can be developed in the form of panelised or volumetric modular systems. Steve Thompson, MD of EOS Facades – specialists in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of steel section solutions - shares his views on why offsite manufacture is vital to the education sector

construction to play a crucial role to help meet the challenging targets. One of the most frequently cited benefits of offsite construc- tion is speed of delivery, with the time required to construct and commission an offsite building being typically reduced by 50 – 60 per cent in cases where large elements can be prefabricated. Our robust High Bay Walling systems can be used internally to provide single span stud walls up to 10m high providing an ideal solution for projects such as school sports halls and auditoriums. I see volumetric modular systems playing


an even greater role in PSBP2, this phase represents one of the biggest opportunities for modular construction in the market. The combination of accelerated handover times combined with reducing repair and mainte-

he second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) presents a major opportunity for offsite

nance costs throughout the lifecycle of the building, are two major financial advantages to offsite construction which are particularly important to the education sector. Our approach to design and value

engineering is inclusive - working side-by-side with our clients and their designers to create a complete solution incorporating design with structural calculations. Steel offers architects’ greater versatility than other building solutions, particularly in terms of cost. Productivity advances have been achieved throughout the steel supply-chain

and such cost saving benefits can be shared with contractors. The manufacture of steel in factory controlled conditions enhances build programmes and eradicates the risk of onsite variability. As an advanced high performance offsite solution, steel is not susceptible to shrinkage, warping, cracking, rot infestation or moisture absorption. Steel is a robust, rigid and dimensionally stable material that does not suffer from movement created by moisture related issues and is perfectly positioned to meet demands of the Priority School Building Programme – it is future proof and future ready. To find out more about EOS Facades’ and

meet the team, come along to Explore Offsite Education taking place on 11 July 2017 at Altitude, Westminster, London.

01325 303030 Energy efficient, low maintenance student accommodation for Highlands University

Some of the highest performing technically advanced thermal membrane products have been supplied by the A. Proctor Group Ltd for a new build student accommodation project in the Scottish highlands. The project consists of a 40-bed student accommodation development in the Sutherland village of Dornoch, and is part of a wider programme by the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI). A key factor in the design was ensuring that the materials chosen required little or no maintenance, and that the building continues to enhance its setting over the course of its lifetime. The buildings were constructed using Val-U-Therm® panel, factory insulated timber frame system with class leading thermal performance. The Val-U-Therm®

a unique closed wall,

roof and floor systems in combination with the high performance breather membranes from the A. Proctor Group give the finished structure outstanding thermal efficiency. Roofshield pitched roof underlay, was chosen for the roof because it has an extremely high degree of vapour permeability, as well as air permeability, so will still perform in conditions in which air tight alternatives will not.

01250 872261 REHAU top of the glass for school installations

REHAU PVC-U windows have been specified for three schools, as its efficient, secure and easy to fit profiles are top of the class for the education sector. The REHAU TOTAL70c window system was recommended for the installations at the Harris Primary Academy Shortlands (Bromley, Kent), Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred (Grays, Essex) and Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich (London) schools by contractor SEH Commercial. The specification for the schools centred on key areas; ventilation, thermal insulation, sound insulation and security, major considerations for schools in order to create an optimum learning environment for pupils. To achieve the brief the windows had top hung outward opening casements and incorporated glazed louvres for ventilation to the classrooms. Harris Academy were keen to ensure its state-of-the-art schools were visually appealing for its staff and students, and the window design vision contributed to achieving a contemporary look for each of the academies whilst allowing the maximum amount of light in for a naturally lit school space. The Harris Primary Academy Shortlands in particular opted for dual colour windows.

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