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Wales’ largest learning facility features Kawneerglazing systems.


Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer werespecified for the largestlearning facility in Wales.



Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling combinedwith patterned glass was specified by HLM architects for Penarth LearningCommunity, a £48million super-school in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.


A wide variety of Kawneer window and door systemswere used on the project, including the AA®541 top and side-hung casementwindows and AA®3110HW horizontal slidinganti-ligature windows installed in the respite area which is aspecially-designed system for people with learning difficulties.


The Kawneer door systems are series 190 and 350 (respectivelyheavy-duty and severe-duty) commercial entrance doors which were installed over14 months by approved specialist sub-contractor AB Glass (Doors & Windows),based in Swansea.


The unique scheme, which was five years in the making,has seen more than 200 special needs pupils taught in the same facility as1,280 mainstream secondary school pupils to deliver inclusive education and awide range of learning opportunities under one roof.


The 23,500m2 scheme includes a 1,500m2residential home which allows 19 special needs pupils, including those withlearning and physical difficulties and those on the autism spectrum, to stayover at any one time and provide respite for their families.


HLM provided architectural, landscape and interiordesign services with the aim of achieving BREEAM “Excellent” and EPC A ratingswhich was just one reason why they wanted an aluminium glazing system.


Project architect Gareth Woodfin said Kawneer wasspecified for its “wide range of services and products, sustainability credentialsand safety measures.” Aluminium’s sustainability had been an important factorand contributed to the BREEAM rating.


He added: “The fenestration plays an important rolein any building, not only for providing daylight and views out but forassisting in the overall aesthetical quality of the design. The Kawneer systemscomplied with the required U-values and provided a good aesthetic to theoverall design.”


Built by Bouygues UK on the site of the playingfields for the mainstream St Cyres comprehensive, the project saw the creationof two new schools in a single building. As well as providing new facilitiesfor St Cyres, it created a new SEN school, Ysgol y Deri. This accommodatespupils from three SEN schools in the area – Ysgol Erw’r Delyn, Ysgol Maes Dyfanand Ashgrove School.


The existing St Cyres School buildings were demolishedto make way for new sporting facilities including two gyms, an all-weatherartificial pitch, hydrotherapy pool and physiotherapy suites which areavailable for the public to use. Outside teaching spaces, including a wildlifegarden and allotments, were also incorporated.




Photo: Trevor Burrows

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