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More than 20 colours of Steni cladding panels have been used on a new primary school.

The final phase in the transformation of an academy to an all-through school has been marked by the use of dozens of bespoke and factory-cut colours of cladding panels from Steni UK.

Some 320m2 of Steni's Colour panels in 23 colours, all in a high-gloss finish and some cut to size in the factory, have been used on the front and rear elevations of a £5million redeveloped primary school at Dunraven Academy in south west London.

The existing four-storey structure was stripped back to its original in-situ concrete frame then re-roofed and re-clad with a lightweight inner steel frame. Aluminium high-performance windows and louvered acoustic ventilators were fitted above Steni's fibreglass reinforced polymer composite rainscreen panels.

The lightweight Steni panels were installed by specialist sub-contractors Paneltec Services over five months, being secret-fixed with structural adhesive back to a fully adjustable frame. Some of the special colours required only one or two panels.

Projects director Neal Clark said: “The front elevation has protected trees running in front of the building which meant we had only one loading point to the scaffolding at the rear of the building. This meant that all materials for the front elevation had to be loaded at the rear of the building and carried through to the front scaffolding.

“The bespoke colour scheme and tight programme presented challenges and due to the loading requirements great care was required with the distribution of materials to the appropriate location.

“We worked very closely with Steni who organised the production of the large number of colours in good time. In addition they provided panels that were cut in the factory which helped speed up delivery. The end result is a truly great-looking colourful building which stands out with the various colours used.”

Daniel Long, senior architectural technologist with EMRC, the architectural designers for main contractor Neilcott Construction, said that using the Steni panels specified by concept architects Greenhill Jenner had given the project “scope to support the full RAL design colour chart, rather than just the smaller range of standard RAL.”

He added: “The cladding provides a vibrant aesthetic from the richer darker green through to the white in the top corner of the road elevation. This lightens the appearance, creates interest and complements the green tree canopy to the front elevation. The rear elevation provides an alternative colour spectrum, from purple through reds and pinks to white.”


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