Copper finish gives Ealing primary school distinctive identity


ORDIC Brown pre-oxidised copper from Aurubis forms part of the palette of natural materials defining the new St John’s Primary School, Ealing, London, designed by Conran and Partners with detailed design by executive architects Gibberd. Conran and Partners’ idea for a new school grew out of their proposals for the ongoing regeneration of Green Man Lane estate. With an exchange of land, the existing school could remain operational while a new one was constructed. Configured as a three-storey structure, the new school building sits along the site boundary edge, creating a strong street form and conveying a mature learning environment while giving

the school its own distinct identity. The entrance is demarcated by a floating, oblique form – clad in Nordic Brown copper with defined vertical seams – informing the design detail throughout. A glazed corner provides transparency and signifies both the main school entrance and the circulation axis through the building. The strong vertical emphasis of the street elevation will set the school apart from the proposed neighbouring residential components of the development. Nordic Brown products are pre-oxidised at the Aurubis factory to give straightaway the same oxidised brown surface that otherwise develops over time in the environment. Other Nordic Copper surfaces include Nordic Standard ‘mill

finish’. Nordic Green and Nordic Blue are factory-applied patinas developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. Essentially, they enable designers to determine both the colour and intensity of patina for each project with ‘living’ surfaces: as well as a solid patina colour, other intensities can be created revealing some of the dark oxidised background material.

Aggregate Industries lays solid foundation for new special needs school


ggregate Industries has supplied 10,000 tonnes of sub-base aggregates and SuperFlow range of sustainable drainage system (SuDS) materials for the construction of a new state-of-the-art campus for Lexden Springs School in Essex.

As a vital learning institution at the heart of the community, Lexden Springs caters for pupils aged 3 to 19 who have complex learning difficulties or are on the Autistic spectrum. The school is being expanded to accommodate an increasing number of

children and young people expected to settle in the area over the coming years. The expansion, which will add 50 new school places by September 2019, will see Lexden Springs completely rebuilt at a new location a mile away from the existing premises.

Morgan Sindall and LPL Construction Services appointed Aggregate Industries to help create a sound foundation for the new school.

After receiving the go-ahead in June 2018, Aggregate Industries’ London team devised a special train delivery schedule to supply the large quantities of SuperFlow 63 (63/10mm aggregates) which had to be manufactured to order. Having a designated rail service ensured that the materials arrived to site within the allotted time window.

Overall, orders of 4,200 tonnes of Type 1 sub-base, 5,000 tonnes of SuperFlow 63 (63/10) and 800 tonnes SuperFlow


SuDSAgg (Type 3 sub-base) were fulfilled to schedule. These high performance, hard stone aggregates will provide a solid foundation for the new school, as well as controlled water management within the project’s SuDS.

Jake Chapman, Quantity Surveyor & Estimator at LPL Construction Services, commented: “The project has run incredibly smoothly and, as we move towards completion, we have to pay tribute to the professional and quality service of all suppliers involved, including Aggregate Industries which provided a sound and robust foundation for this important school expansion.”

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