Global Cleantech 100 company, Kebony is delighted to unveil their latest UK project, the newly-built Colindale Primary School in Barnet, London.
Tasked with delivering a brand new design for this visionary primary school, the architects Sprunt, chose Kebony’s award-winning sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber as an integral element of this inspiring project.
This September, pupils returned to a brand new school with an array of unique and creative learning spaces, specialised facilities, cutting-edge technology and some impressive green credentials, most notably Kebony.
Kebony was chosen not only for its exemplary environmental qualities and non-toxic attributes, but equally for its stunning aesthetics, durability, resistance to decay, long life span, easy maintenance and cost benefits. Developed to withstand a harsh Norwegian climate, Kebony demonstrates comparable, and often superior, properties to tropical hardwood without the need for costly treatments and ongoing maintenance – an important consideration for any public sector project.
Kebony Scots Pine cladding was used in the development, acting as a robust and effective rain screen on a large proportion of the buildings, including the main hall and pool hall. This beautiful rustic material envelopes the school, complementing its leafy surroundings and evolves over time to acquire a subtle silver-grey patina. The soft texture and natural appearance of Kebony creates a contrast between the hardness of the traditional brick and the transparency of the glazed curtain walls, forming an unusual combination of materials. The newly-developed school needed to reflect Colindale’s inclusive community ethos and therefore look inviting and accessible to its young users. Kebony ‘timber fins’ add character to the build and bridge the all important oak tree branches that lie at the heart of the scheme and the modern forward-looking approach of the new school.
Reflecting on this, Robert Sprunt, Managing Director of Sprunt comments: “There were three important priorities when selecting Kebony. Firstly Kebony guarantees a long lifespan; secondly it meets our green
aspirations as it is responsibly sourced and FSC-certified and, last but not least, whatever we used had to look good for the lifespan of the building. We believe Kebony is an excellent product which doesn’t cost the earth.”
Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments: “Kebony are very pleased to be involved in this exciting project, heralding the future of cutting edge sustainable building. Our product is perfectly suited to projects such as this – environmentally friendly, hard-wearing and cost effective – and, because of this, we are seeing growing numbers of enquiries in the public sector and beyond.”
Architects, contractors and developers alike are increasingly turning to high quality, durable and environmentally-friendly products such as Kebony. Kebony offers a revolutionary wood product that can be used for decking, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture, yacht decking and other construction materials. In the UK, Kebony are delighted to be working with Brooks Bros, the UK distributor of its innovative flooring product.
Kebony has been recognised for its green credentials being named as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the Global Cleantech 100. This Norwegian wood company was also cited as one of the top 50 companies that could change our world in 2010 and a top 25 creative European Company as well as receiving the Nordic region’s eco-label, the Swan, Glass Bear for sustainable consumption and production and the Norwegian Blue Ocean Award. Environmental studies also demonstrate that Kebony maple has a substantially lower carbon footprint than unsustainable logged Burmese teak.