EQUITONE [natura] Specified For Super School
Fibre cement EQUITONE [natura} has been used to clad the new £35 million BREEAM ‘Very Good’ St Catherine’s Academy and Firwood High School in Bolton.
Sheppard Robson specified fibre cement EQUITONE [natura] in three different shades of grey to create a contemporary and durable emulation of traditional stone work on the new ‘super school’ building. This appearance was further enhanced by fixing the panels in a vertical configuration to add a contemporary twist.
Jonathan Davis of Sheppard Robson architects said: "We specified a Marley Eternit fibre cement facade to represent externally the interconnected blocks of the building. By using three different Grey colours of EQUITONE [natura], with a random arrangement, we were able to emulate the appearance of stone or slate bands and create the degree of articulation that we required."
The building has been designed as a "super school," to accommodate the amalgamation of an all-age academy with 1,160 students and a co-located Special Educational Needs (SEN) facility. The aim of the build was to produce a ‘single learning community’ under one roof, with flexible space which can be adapted to the changing needs of the school population.
The EQUITONE [natura] panels are secret fixed to Marley Eternit’s aluminium frame system using structural adhesive to create a sheer, smooth facade. The rear-ventilated cavity created between the panels and block wall provides the building with enhanced weather performance benefits. The building itself is constructed using double leaf blockwork with 100mm of glass wool insulation within the partial fill cavity. Walls achieved a U-value of 0.28W/m2K.
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