A new lease of life for a very special school

A school for children with special needs has been given a bright new look with the help of an environmentally-friendly fascia system from market leading exterior building product specialists Alumasc.

Southall Special School in Dawley, Shropshire, has undergone an extensive refurbishment on behalf of the local authority, Telford and Wrekin District Council. A major part of the scheme was to adapt the premises to cater more comprehensively for the specific requirements of the children - and the completed project will now provide education for young people from the ages of 11 to 16.

The external refurbishment utilizes an advanced render system developed by Alumasc, which not only transforms the appearance of ageing buildings but delivers distinct and valuable environmental benefits. Swisstherm can be applied to individual panels or walls, or can be used to wrap the whole structure in a high-performing insulated envelope. Insulation slabs are bedded directly to external walls with adhesive plus mechanical fixings, topped with a glass fibre-reinforced base coat. This is then finished with Alumasc’s M.R. ST Silicone or M.R. ST Mineral decorative lightweight render. Both finishes are available in rolled or dragged textures, with a choice of grain sizes and colours from the company’s comprehensive colour system.

There is a range of finishing accessories, beads and trims available, making the system infinitely flexible and suitable both for refurbishment projects or new build. The slabs may be polystyrene, mineral or cork, depending upon application and situation, but each installation provides dramatically improved thermal performance. Heat loss through walls is minimised and rainwater penetration and internal condensation eliminated, with consequent savings on energy costs and greater comfort for residents.

As Lorraine Scott, Business Manager for Alumasc façade systems explains, “Swisstherm effectively prolongs the life of older buildings by protecting the fabric from weathering. The traditional mineral render chosen for the Southall School project reflects the fact that in specifying this system, environmental considerations were paramount. Refurbishing existing buildings that are structurally sound is a responsible policy that makes economic and ecological sense, and Alumasc’s highly efficient, cost effective solutions are helping to transform the appearance and performance of such buildings nationwide”.

The main contractor for the Southall School project was Paveways Building Contractors. The Alumasc Approved installer was Gafney and Guinan of Coventry. The Architect was Adrian Taylor of the Architecture, Landscape & Building Business Unit of Telford & Wrekin Council.

For further information on M.R. Façade Systems, or to request literature, contact Alumasc on 0808 100 2008 or visit www.alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

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