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KAWNEER SYSTEMS HELP A NEW SCHOOL BREAK RECORDS
 

One of Wales' largest schools features glazing systems by Kawneer.

Architectural aluminium systems from Kawneer were specified for a record-breakingschool in Wales for their “reliability”.

Kawneer's AA®100 capped curtain walling and low/medium-duty swing andseries 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors were specified by frequentKawneer users architects Scott Brownrigg throughout the Gateway to the Valleys(Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen) secondary school in Bridgend. These arecomplemented by AA®541 top-hung BRE Green Guide A+-rated and Secured by Designcasement windows.

The new secondary school and community campus represents one of thelargest single investments in a shared community and education building inWales. The new community campus, on an existing 39-acre site, incorporates a1,570-place comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 18 and a 604m2dedicated community facility which includes a café, a multi-agency hub andchild care unit.

The school is conceived as a series of “colleges” grouped around acommunity heart space rotunda, the geometries derived from existing axes andfrom specific references to elements found within the existing context.

The scheme won the BREEAM Education Award 2013 and is the first BREEAMOutstanding high school of its type in the UK. It was designed and deliveredthrough BIM, which brought clear benefits to the client, design andconstruction team alike.

The Kawneer systems were installed over 15 months by approved specialistsub-contractor Dudley's Aluminium for main contractor Bouygues UK

Scott Brownrigg director Jon James said: “We have used Kawneer's systemsmany times before. They are a reliable product and BREEAM Outstanding buildingsrequire the majority of materials to be A or A+ Green Guide rated. The curtainwalling was used to provide quality light in and views in and out of thebuilding.

Headteacher Andrew Warren added: “The design itself is truly stunning.Scott Brownrigg had a very real and deep understanding of how the space couldbe used to support educational innovation and transformation.

“Much more than this has been the truly exceptional level of engagementthat Scott Brownrigg has had with the whole of the school and the widercommunity. Without this level of real engagement, real partnership and realenergy we would not be where we are now, occupying a most iconic and world-classbuilding. There is no doubt we have the best school building in Wales and quiteprobably the UK.”

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Photo: James Newton

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