A 21st Century school has been constructed in Glossop, a rural market town in the High Peak, to provide a new, single-site secondary school and sixth form. Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation from local manufacturers, Kingspan Industrial Insulation, was specified to help ensure it is both comfortable and low cost to run.

As the original school was costly to repair and maintain, the decision was made to demolish and construct a new site that would combine three Glossop and Hadfield schools. The new site was delivered by main contractors, Henry Brothers, with the capacity for 1,000 11-16-year olds and 200 sixth formers, and the potential for further expansion. Overseen by M&E Contractors, William Bailey, 7000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation was installed by delivery partners, Gill Insulation.

The pipe insulation was used in concealed areas such as in the ceiling voids, on droppers and within low-level boxings, in addition to the plant room and boiler room. With industry leading thermal conductivities as low as 0.025 W/m·K, Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation provided a slim-line solution for reducing heat transmission from the pipework. This gave the installers more room to work when fitting the product in tight areas and allowed the clean, high quality aesthetic of the internal spaces to be maintained.

Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation is Class 0 as defined by Building Regulations, has a BRE Green Guide A/A+ rating, and is manufactured under a BS EN ISO 14001: 2015 scheme. Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation is the first pipe insulation product to attain BDA Agrement® certification under the scheme and it has also been awarded a best-in-class Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold certificate, recognising it as outstanding material according to the VOC Indoor Air Quality emissions standards.

With Kingspan Industrial Insulation’s free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service, which can be contacted on 0808 168 7363, clear advice and guidance can be accessed at every stage in a project. They also have Premier and Premier Plus Services which support purchases of Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation and the Kooltherm Complete Pipe Insulation System (incorporating insulated pipe support inserts and fire sleeves).

For more information:

Tel: +44 (0) 1544 388 601

Pipeline Technical Advisory Service: 0808 168 7363

Fax: +44 (0) 1544 388 888

E-mail: info@kingspaninsulation.co.uk

Website: www.kingspanindustrialinsulation.com



The Abbey Hill Academy in Stockton-on-Tees is an educational establishment for students aged 11-16 with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The learning environment is never more critical for such students and since the Horizons Specialist Academy Trust became custodians of the school in 2013 refurbishments have been taking place to restore the 1970’s building.

In addition, to heating and hot water upgrades and a new roof, the striking walkway that had a rooflight canopy was replaced and upgraded to enhance the exterior aesthetics of the building. The unusual shape of the building meant that the upgraded rooflights allowed a greater degree of light into the body of the school enhancing both the practical elements and also pupil and staff wellbeing due to the increased availability of natural light.

“The rooflight canopy had definitely seen better days and was no longer fit for purpose having been exposed to the elements for so many years,” said Jim Lowther Sales Director Xtralite. “We were able to specify the latest rooflight technologies to replace the existing ones to ensure a quality restoration was undertaken.”

Four 20m x 2.2m, one 9 x 2.2m and other elements were all fitted from the X-Span range of products, a thermally enhanced self-supporting rooflight. All were double glazed with a toughened outer and laminated internal glass.

“Glass is a good choice for atria, canopies and walkways and in this situation allowed the almost exact replacement of product albeit by those that are far superior,” said Jim. “Furthermore X-Span complies with BS6399 system Part 1 (Code of Practice for dead and imposed loads), Part 2 (Code of Practice for wind loads) and Part 3 (Code of Practice for imposed/snow loads) delivering a premium solution of aesthetics and practicality.”

Further information can be found by visiting www.xtralite.co.uk or by calling 01670 354 157.

An inspiring new sports facility, featuring a striking Sika Sarnafil single ply membrane roof, has just been completed at St. George’s Weybridge, a Roman Catholic co-educational nursery, private day school and 6th form college in Surrey.

The exciting new architectural development has been built as part of the establishment’s 150th anniversary celebrations and includes a premiership level hockey pitch and six-court sports hall, as well as a strength and conditioning suite, dance studio and flexible multi-use areas.

Transforming the existing, functionally simple sports hall, this now beautifully designed facility has a tree canopy-like roof structure draping over the building’s internal spaces.

Designed by global architectural practice Scott Brownrigg, the roof needed to achieve 30m clear spans across the main hall and the design needed to be clever and sensitive to the fact that the site’s location sits within the green belt. It also required a flexible and durable waterproofing solution to ensure the building leaves a lasting legacy for future generations of Georgians.

Felicity Meares, Architect at Scott Brownrigg, comments on how they approached the design and specification: “We designed a bespoke freeform glulam roof that curves in multiple directions. Computer modelling software allowed us to create and control this complex roof form in virtual reality, pushing and pulling it to blend into the landscape.

“In need of a roofing product elegant and pliable enough to accommodate the complex design, lightweight enough to minimise the impact on the roof’s structure and cost effective enough to cover such a large area, Sarnafil G410-ELF lead grey single ply membrane was specified, along with Sarnavap 5000, 120m SarnaTherm G insultation board and Sika SolarMount-1. Sarnafil adhered décor profiles were also built, allowing rainfall to be interrupted and guided across the roof.”

Sarnafil worked closely with the architects and contractors to develop a specification that not only had the correct U-value, but was also compatible with the Cross Laminated Timber roof build-up and ancillary roof mounted systems used, such as Photovoltaics, Latchways, a built-in gutter and upstands for roof openings.

Roofing contractor Malone Roofing was tasked with realising the architect’s roof design. With both Malone and Scott Brownrigg having specified Sarnafil in the past, the entire team were confident that Sarnafil single ply was the right fit for this unique roof form.

Paul Hughes, Managing Director at Malone Roofing, oversaw the project. He comments on the project: “We started work on the roof in October 2018 and spent a combined total of 12 weeks on the project. Despite being faced with a particularly rainy period and a challenging design, with curves sloping up to 30 degrees in some areas, we were able to complete the roof on time and to budget.”

The architect’s vision was to create a contemporary building that would inspire students to achieve their very best. Thanks to an exceptional design, impeccable installation and Sika Sarnafil’s robust guarantees, the team have been able to achieve just that, while also ensuring this timeless design will be protected and enjoyed for years to come.

For more information on Sika’s products and services call 01707 394444, email sarnafilroofing@uk.sika.com or visit gbr.sika.com

Capital Quarter Cardiff student accommodation is a sterling example of premium architecture that is practical without compromising on quality. The project brings together an impressive collection of multi-functional systems from architectural aluminium systems’ company, Metal Technology.

Located in the centre of Cardiff the development spans an impressive 140,000 sq ft and consists of two multi-level blocks linked by an attractive architect-designed landscape scheme. Providing a mix of studio and cluster accommodation, the two blocks are made up of 544 self-contained rooms in total.

With a project value of approx. £1.725million the accommodation features Metal Technology’s System 17 capped curtain walling with a combination of System 5-35HI+ tilt and turn windows and System 4-35 Hi+ thermally enhanced Casement windows. System 5-20D Hi+ thermally enhanced door systems are also used alongside System 10 commercial doors.

A bespoke louvre system helped ensure adequate shading was achieved whilst providing a safe environment even when the windows are fully opened.

Andrew Stapleton of APiC commented, “Metal Technology’s state-of-the-art windows and doors were the perfect fit for this student accommodation project from an installation perspective due to the system’s ability to be quickly but efficiently designed, fabricated and shipped to site. This allows our installers to be utilised more efficiently and effectively across all of our current live sites.

“The door and window systems lend themselves especially well to this type of project where safety and security are a priority without compromising on quality.”

All Metal Technology systems are designed to perform seamlessly together to deliver the desired aesthetic and performance standards. Used individually or together, they offer complete design flexibility for creative aesthetics with the assurance of value engineered structural, weather and security performance.

For more information visit www.metaltechnology.com

RPC bpi recycled products is piloting a recycling initiative named ‘Recycle with Riley’ with primary schools in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The challenge requires the children to collect their pre-loved polythene plastic from home, which currently is not collected by local authorities, and bring it into school to be recycled by RPC bpi recycled products into second life products.

Thrupp Primary School in Stroud was the first school to embrace the challenge collecting 100kg of plastic film in only 56 days. Their prize was a Snakes and Ladders Activity Picnic Table for the playground made from the plastic they collected. The table is a nature friendly, sustainable and a renewable product made from Plaswood – a 100% recycled plastic.


The children’s collected plastic film is taken to RPC bpi recycled product’s factory in Dumfries, Scotland. At the site the plastic film is washed, shredded, and finally extruded into Plaswood lumber and made into a range of Plaswood outdoor furniture, fencing, boardwalks and gates.

Patrick Carroll, from RPC bpi recycled products in Stroud explained, “Our aim with Recycle with Riley was not only to engage the next generation but for them to be ambassadors to their parents and adults within their families, to push the importance of recycling in their local communities while reinforcing the importance plastic has in our world.”

Products made from Plaswood require no annual maintenance, painting or chemical treatment prior to installation or during its long-life time, it will not leach chemicals into the environment, rot or splinter – making it a sustainable, renewable and cost-effective alternative to traditional wooden, steel or concrete products.

From left: Katherine Lorek-Wallace and Patrick Carroll from RPC bpi recycled products

For further information, please contact:
Tel: 0333 202 6800
Email: plaswoodsales@rpc-bpi.com
Website: www.plaswoodgroup.com

The Pines Primary School in Red Lodge has been constructed to provide a flexible, adaptable and sustainable space for education, with the help of Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board.

The purpose-built structure, designed by Concertus Design & Property Consultants, has been carefully planned to meet today’s educational demands, cope with changes in the future and reduce the environmental impact of the school. The new building has been constructed by contractors, Morgan Sindall Construction, and offers specialist classrooms, practical areas and administration facilities, with the flexibility for growth as the school’s pupil intake increases. To ensure the new building achieved a premium level of thermal performance, 1600 m2 of Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board was installed in a 50 mm thickness, helping to create a more comfortable learning environment, which can inspire and stimulate.

All new school developments in Suffolk require adoption of a sustainable building approach and, to this end, building materials were carefully chosen to both meet the design requirements and ensure maximum efficiency for the building’s life cycle. The school was designed to target a wall U-value of 0.19 W/m.2K, meeting best practice requirements. Concertus Design & Property Consultants commented:

“Sustainability needed to be considered early in the design so best practice could be embraced before, during and beyond the construction phases to reduce the immediate and long-term environmental impact of the new school.”

Utilising Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board within the façade system allowed flexibility in the design process, as it is suitable for use behind a range of cladding options, including the timber façades chosen for the school, whilst maintaining the high levels of insulation required for the project.

The Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board features a fibre-free rigid thermoset phenolic core and offers thermal conductivities as low as 0.020 W/m·K. This allowed the U-value to be met with a slim external wall construction.

In addition, all Kooltherm, Therma and KoolDuct insulation products and cavity closers manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s facilities in Pembridge and Selby are certified to BES 6001 (Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products) ‘Excellent’. They are also manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Photography courtesy of Morgan Sindall Construction

For further information, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 1544 387 384
Fax: +44 (0) 1544 387 484
Email: info@kingspaninsulation.co.uk
Website: www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk

EQUITONE [linea] fibre cement facade material has created a durable, low maintenance exterior for a brand new sports pavilion in Edinburgh.

The facility at St George’s School for Girls – the city’s only all-girls’ schools – has been given a crisp aesthetic by the EQUITONE facade, which displays a linear surface that highlights the raw inner texture of the core fibre cement material.

The new build facility was designed by local architects DRD Architects and is one of the first projects in Scotland to use EQUITONE [linea] in this scale.

Joanna Smith, architect at DRD Architects, said: “Due to the buildings location beside sports pitches, we wanted a high-quality material that was durable and able to withstand all weathers. The school was also very keen on a finish on the building that was as low-maintenance as possible.


“These factors led to us choosing EQUITONE for the facade, and we chose EQUITONE [linea] as we particularly liked the way we could create light and shadow on the facade by rotating the boards in different orientations, allowing the texture of each one to create different light patterns.”

The project used approximately 340m2 of EQUITONE [linea], and incorporates new changing facilities, ancillary accommodation, and a multi-function meeting and conference facility.

Joanna added: “The overall look of the facade is very uniform and precise, yet the patterns the boards form when the light shines on them make each elevation look different and visually interesting.


“The quality of the material is high and it looks great on the building. Overall, we think the look of the material has been successful and its durability will also bring a key added benefit.”

EQUITONE [linea] is a unique 3D shaped, through-coloured facade material that plays with light and shadow and has a life expectancy of at least 50 years and a fire classification of A2-s1, d0. All EQUITONE materials are available in a range of colours, finishes and fixing options, giving full creative scope.

For more information on EQUITONE facade materials, visit www.equitone.com/en-gb


Disrupting vital teaching, interfering with crucial exams and heaping further pressure on an already strained fire service, false fire alarms remain a huge concern within the education industry but with the BSI now recommending protective covers for all manual call points, will we see a decline in malicious activations?

In the 2017 revision to the BS5839-1:2017 the British Standard Institute has recommended, in section 20.2 b) of the update, that: “All MCPs should be fitted with a protective cover, which is moved to gain access to the frangible elements.”

The changes came after the Fire Industry Association’s Fire Detection & Alarm Council presented their own recommendations for changes to BS5839-1:2017 to the BSI following findings showing that a shocking 44% of Fire and Rescue callout turn out to be false alarms. (Source: FIA website, 2017)

Safety Technology International Managing Director, Steve Hunt believes that the update to the British Standard will aid the decline in false fire alarms throughout the country.

He said: “The update to the British Standard strongly reinforces the work Safety Technology have been doing for over three decades. Our protective covers are designed to prevent false fire alarms and they are effective at doing so.”

All manual call points that are placed in vulnerable areas and are prone to false activations should now be protected, without the need to consult your fire safety officers.

Sadly schools and other education establishments like Colleges and Universities are particularly vulnerable to false fire alarms – disrupting vital teaching time and interrupting crucial exams.

Whilst some false activations are caused by accidents; whether it be from a bouncing ball in the sports hall or a flailing arm in a bustling corridor, a much more unfortunate and common cause for false firm alarms in schools is malicious activation.

With some pupils determined to avoid lessons, maliciously pressing a manual call point is an easy way to force their teachers and fellow pupils to evacuate classrooms and assemble outside in the playground.

One newspaper even reported that a school in Scotland had its fire alarm maliciously activated 15 times in two months interfering with important exams on consecutive days (Source: Daily Record, 2016). Not only are these hoax call-outs detrimental to pupils education but there are also both human and financial costs attached to false fire alarms.

It is estimated that false alarms cost the UK in excess of £1 billion a year (Source: FIA), but apart from the waste of resources false alarms detract the attention of fire services away from real fire incidents.

STI supply a range of protective covers, from integral covers to sounder models; there are variations to suit all applications. These covers are specifically designed to prevent false alarms whether accidental or malicious.

In fact, the first ever STI product came directly at the request of a high school principal in the United States who had a problem with false fire alarms. STI founder Jack Taylor used his expertise in security systems to invent the original Stopper call point protector.

Today, 35 years on STI has hundreds of innovative products that help make education establishments around the world safe, smart and secure.

The Call Point Stopper is a protective cover ideal for schools with a risk of accidental activation. The clear UV-stabilised polycarbonate cover does not restrict legitimate operation of vulnerable call points and is tough enough to withstand the severest knocks from wayward sports equipment or the break time rush.

However, if there is a history of threat of malicious activation and unruly pupils are willing to lift a protective cover in order to raise a false alarm, the Euro Stopper offers a solution. The Euro Stopper is a protective cover that helps prevent both malicious and accidental activations.

The tamper-proof cover features the same sturdy UV-stabilised polycarbonate housing as the Call Point Stopper but has the useful addition of an integral sounder. The 96dB sounder emits a piercing alarm when the cover is lifted drawing immediate attention to the area.

This acts both as a deterrent for disobedient students who will now be caught for their malicious actions, as well as functioning as an additional alarm in an emergency situation.

If further protection is still required the Universal Stopper offers IP56 protection from the elements making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Contact sales on +44 (0)1527 520 999, email sales@sti-emea.com or visit www.sti-emea.com, for further information on the range of protective covers from STI.


voestalpine Metsec has won the BIM/Digital Construction Award at the Offsite Construction Awards ceremony, held at Futurebuild 2019 at Excel, London.

The prestigious award not only underlines Metsec’s commitment to Building Information Modelling but also reinforces the company’s position as one of the leading exponents in the digitisation of construction.

Metsec was one of the first companies to recognise the significance of digitisation and the many benefits that it can bring, including improvements in collaboration, design time, manufacturing time and accuracy, all of which adds up to greater efficiency and enhanced customer satisfaction.

From the outset, the company undertook a programme of focused investment in the key technologies as well as the systems necessary to delivering these benefits, including staff training, updating processes, cultural change and digitisation of the product.

The results have been impressive; Metsec is the first Tier 2 Designer and Manufacturer, complying with BIM Level 2 for design and construction in the UK and the first manufacturing company to receive the BSI Kitemark for BIM. Uniquely, the company has also secured ISO 27001 status, enabling its BIM models to be encrypted for sensitive government projects.

The award was received by Metsec’s south-east regional sales manager, Steve Clark, who commented, “It’s great to have our efforts recognised by the industry. This award is the culmination of many years of investment by Metsec and the commitment of staff in driving standards forward.

“BIM is part of our strategic vision and positions Metsec at the forefront of the industry, leading the way in digital and technological development and providing customers with unrivalled advice and support.”


A state-of-the-art sports and learning centre in Cambridge features a dramatic space-defining acoustic based on the use of MEDITE PREMIER FR fire rated panels from MEDITE SMARTPLY.

The product was specified by architects Chadwick Dryer Clarke Studio (CDC) for acoustic panelling in the new sports hall for the prestigious Stephen Perse Foundation senior school.

“MEDITE SMARTPLY forms a benchmark for us,” explained Mr Mark Clarke, Director at CDC, “and we have no hesitation in specifying their brand for our projects.

“We chose MEDITE PREMIER FR MDF in particular for this project as it achieved the required fire performance, which is paramount for a school building. It is also suitably robust and easily formed to create the perforations required for its acoustic performance. The fact that the product is sustainably produced is also an important factor for us.”

The sports hall is part of a complete new building designed by CDC, combining sports facilities with new classrooms and social learning spaces – this mixed use made careful consideration of acoustic performance essential. The decision to use acoustic panelling as a solution then provided the opportunity to create an opulent interior that would not only be functional but inspiring.

Mr Clarke said: “We wanted the panelling to be able perform a dual role: to temper the reverberation times within the large volume of the hall, and provide a high-quality finish that would define the space.”

Within the sports hall, approximately 530 MEDITE PREMIER FR panels were installed at high level above a storey-high ‘plinth’ of concrete blockwork. They were finished in RAL 7044, a silk grey tone, which complemented the treated cross-laminated timber (CLT) finish in other areas. The same product was also used around the building for the creation of architraves, skirtings and window linings.

Within England, Building Bulletin 93 sets out performance standards for acoustics in schools. As building regulations also state that within schools or similar public buildings a Euroclass B or C fire rated panel must be used and MEDITE PREMIER FR offers the perfect solution.

“The FR panels are lined at the rear with a black fleece and glass-wool insulation,” Mr Clarke explains. “This 28% open area absorbs sound and reduces the reverberation time, greatly improving the quality of the environment within the space.”

A social working environment and a sense of community was central to the project: an important internal space that would become one of the main hubs of activity in the school. The whole school community, including governors, teachers and pupils, was consulted as part of the design development to ensure the right performance and aesthetic could be achieved.

Mr Clarke said: “The eventual building design solution sprang from conversations with the client team and a careful analysis of the opportunities of the site. It was like solving a puzzle: many of our projects share this problem-solving ethos. I was a challenge for all involved in its development and construction, but it has been very successful since handover and is proving to provide a highly satisfying new sequence of spaces for the school.”

The result is a functional, beautiful building, which uses calming colour and modern shapes to break up and add intriguing interest to the expanse of space within the immense, four-court sports hall.

Discover more about MEDITE PREMIER FR here: mdfosb.com/en/medite/products/medite-premier-fr