Hauraton drainage channels used at school


he £48 million Penarth Learning Community, designed by HLM Architects has been built on the site of

the St Cyres Secondary School. Pupils from St Cyres, Erw'r Delyn, Ashgrove and Ysgol Maes Dyfan special schools come together at this complex; claimed to be the largest learning facility of its type in Wales. Penarth Learning Community School,

Cardiff, South Wales, comprises a mainstream comprehensive school with 1280 places, together with a special educational needs (SEN) school, catering for 205 pupils with a wide spectrum of learning needs including those with learning and physical difficulties and those on the autism spectrum. Together with a learning facility, there is also a 1500 m² residential home, allowing 19 pupils to stay over at any one time to provide respite to their families. The new complex has gained a BREEAM

sustainability rating of Excellent and an Energy Performance Certificate “A” rating, so it is hoped the buildings will contribute to reducing

energy use and long term costs to the Vale of Glamorgan Council. With the site being quite flat and the new buildings’ surrounded by blocked and asphalted surfaces, it was essential rainwater is drained effectively. Two Hauraton systems were chosen to drain surface water: RECYFIX® and RECYFIX®

SLOTTED channels. The Hauraton RECYFIX® system, fitted with FIBRETEC®

PRO 100 channel C250,

HEELSAFE 9mm slot gratings, was used to drain the asphalted yards and car park. Made from PA-GF, the FIBRETEC®


HEELSAFE grating was specifically designed by Hauraton R & D engineers to enhance the flow of water into the channel. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots. This configuration also helps eliminate any cross-flow over the grating.

Vandersanden: The educated choice

Award-winning global practice, WilkinsonEyre, has specified bricks and brick slips from innovation-led manufacturer, Vandersanden, to emphasise the horizontal volumes and architectural context of the contemporary, new

Graduate Centre at Queen Mary University in London. Zero, a new brick system from Vandersanden, was WilkinsonEyre’s material of choice for the external walls of this 80m-long, seven-storey ground- scraper. The use of brick draws attention to the horizontality of the building’s volumes and also blends with neighbouring buildings, including the rear of the People’s Palace and nearby Octagon.

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issue has even been delivered! What’s more, the Digital Issue includes interactive links to featured companies. Subscribe for free now. Aesthetic demands meant the surface water PRO

drainage for the blocked walkways had to be as unobtrusive as possible yet fully meet the drainage requirement; this was achieved by installing Hauraton RECYFIX®


SLOTTED CHANNELS fitted with symmetrical galvanised steel covers. Once installed this system provides an unobtrusive, narrow line of slots in the paved surfaces. The RECYFIX®

channel component is made

from 100 per cent recycled PE-PP. The six sizes offered are 160mm wide and range in height from 75mm to 201mm. The FIBRETEC® grating are factory fitted on all PRO units whilst the slotted components are fitted to the channels on site.

01582 501380 Securing schools of the future

Security expert Mul-T-Lock recognises that every educational facility has a different security requirement and effective management of everyone who comes and goes is paramount, not only to save time and expense, but to also tighten security. For schools that are looking to upgrade or extend their

current master key suite, Mul-T-Lock offers a wide range of cost effective solutions to address the varying needs of education buildings. These incorporate patented mechanical and electro-mechanical technology, providing enhanced security with increased control over access; at the same time reducing the number of keys that can be lost or stolen. Offsite Solutions awarded fourth contract

Offsite Solutions, one of the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturers, has been awarded its fourth project for student accommodation developer, urbanest. The £1.8m contract is to manufacture over 500 high specification ensuite shower pods for urbanest City in London.

Offsite Solutions is also manufacturing 46 accessible pods designed in line with DDA requirements to allow easy wheelchair access. Offsite Solutions offers the UK’s largest range of pods to suit many different building types and applications.



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