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Translucent cladding panels from Rodeca feature on a new extension to an independent school in Oxford.

Some 1402m of Rodeca's Kristall panels were specified by architects Original Field of Architecture for the first floor element of a new sports building that also incorporates three new classrooms and a new office for the geography department at Magdalen College School.

The sports department at the day school for boys aged seven to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18 now features a new entrance to the sports hall, new offices, a team debrief and seminar area, and a sports analysis suite. 

But the most exciting addition has been the multi-function room - The Studio - which provides seating for up to 200 and with its sprung floor can be used for a wide range of activities from dance to table tennis and fencing. Here, the Rodeca panels are interspersed with feature windows of coloured and bi-coloured glass.

It is this element that features the 50mm thick Rodeca panels as cladding which was installed by Roclad Systems for main contractor Benfield & Loxley onto an anodised aluminium frame with 60mm clip fasteners. 

The Kristall panels comprise 10 layers of polycarbonate capable of delivering U-values as low as 0.80 W/m2K, and in the case of Magdalen College School, were supplied with a 20-year UV guarantee.

The 495mm-wide panels are manufactured with a tongue and groove coupling that theoretically, means facades can be more than 200m long and a panel height of up to 25m can be mounted in one piece.

Some 200 times tougher than glass, Rodeca panels enable light transmission between 5-65% to reduce reliance on artificial light and at the same time are highly efficient insulators of heat (< 0.71W/m²K) and sound (21-43dB). Lightweight (approximately 4.5kg/m²) but stable, they also feature fire resistance to BS and EN standards.

Original Field of Architecture had not used Rodeca panels before and was impressed with their use on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, London, the UK's only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance.


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