Exteriors Good acoustics for Art and Design

Bedales School is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. Its new Art and Design building designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has a strong sense of countryside drawing references from traditional agricultural buildings by creating a series of connected barn forms. Materials were used in their natural state throughout. This includes renewable natural products including sustainably sourced timber for cladding and Troldtekt’s wood wool panels for acoustics, all of which help to reduce the embodied carbon in the construction. The form and east-west orientation of the pitched roofs on the five new buildings defines a series of carefully scaled, north-lit studio spaces. Their dramatic pitched ceilings comprise Troldtekt acoustic panels on one side to absorb sound and improve acoustics. Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100 per cent Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability as documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level.

McAvoy uses award-winning technology

Offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group, has handed over a new school building at West Hill School in Leatherhead, bringing the number of education projects now completed by McAvoy for Surrey County Council to more

than 40. McAvoy made extensive use of BIM for the West Hill project to engineer an offsite solution that would accommodate a height difference of 870mm between the main school and the existing modular teaching block. Gradient differences were incorporated within corridors to avoid steps, using a specially-engineered double floor beam design which also maximised offsite construction.

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Garador now a recognised Centre of Excellence

Garador has achieved the status of Centre of Excellence from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Garador is a leading British manufacturer of garage doors, front doors and operators with an ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. With over 50 years’ experience in the garage door industry, utilising German engineering expertise, it has developed an extensive range of garage doors unsurpassed in the industry.

Garador has now joined an elite group and been named as a Builders Merchant Federation’s Regional Centre of Excellence. John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the BMF, said: “Garador offers an excellent facility for our members in the South West to meet and train together. “ Find out more about Garador’s garage doors on the website.

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