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Sunesis has appointed Kawneer as an approved supplier.


Leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has secured thecontract to supply glazing systems to Sunesis,the joint venture between Scape Group, the local authority owned builtenvironment specialist, and main contractor Willmott Dixon to deliver pre-designed primary school buildings.



Founded in 2010, the venture’s aim is to drive an evolutionary change ineducational buildings procurement, delivering new schools for a fixed pricewith absolute certainty of specification and programmes as short as 26 weeks.


In the past six years, it hassuccessfully delivered more than £100millionof new education facilities to private and public sector clients, providingmore than 8,500 new primary school places.


Kawneer is now the preferred supplier for Sunesis and will provide AA®100curtain walling, AA®541 BRE Green Guide A+-rated casement windows, and series190 heavy-duty external entrance doors for future Sunesis’ Keynes2, Paxton2and Dewey school models.


The Keynes2 modelfeatures the organisation ofclassrooms around a large multi-functional central ‘street’ equivalent in sizeto four classrooms. Constructed without a single load-bearing wall, this model canbe reconfigured when needed, with the 1FEN model designed to be easily extendableup to 2FEN provision.


The Paxton2 model comprises two parallel arcs connected by acentral corridor. This arrangement ensures each classroom is linked directly toexternal space and the reception outdoor areas are kept separate from olderchildren with options for a dedicated covered play area.


The building uses natural ventilation in the principal teaching areasand roof lights provide high levels of daylight to the centre of the plan. Itis available in 1.5FE and 2FE sizes and its frame design makes it easy to extendin the future.


The Dewey is an efficient multi-storey building suited to urban siteswhere space is often at a premium. It is available in 2FE and 3FE, each with a furtheroption to add a nursery. Designedaround a regular modular arrangement, it features outstanding teaching spaces, includingBB103 recommended 60m2 classrooms throughout.


As part of the new two-year framework agreement Kawneer will delivertechnical support at every stage, from initial concept design at BIM Level 2 andthe preparation of specifications, through to installation through themanufacturer’s national network of approved specialist sub-contractors.


Kawneer sales and marketing director Mark Clemson said: “This newpartnership with Sunesis takes our long-standing involvement with Scape andWillmott Dixon to a whole new level and we are delighted to have secured thismuch sought after supply chain framework.”




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