“Best in the business” science labs specify Reynaers

Hailed as having the best science labs in the country by renowned TV scientist Dr George McGavin, St Birinus School in Oxfordshire has utilised Reynaers Aluminium systems throughout its new £4.8m facility.

Housing 13 state-of-the-art laboratories and using some of Reynaers most innovative products, the school is now able to legitimately compete with the very top institutions in the country.

“This area is likely to be the centre of scientific research in the UK, not dissimilar to Silicon Valley in the USA,” explained headmaster Chris Bryan. “Didcot is going to be at the heart of that and we want to be part of it as well.”

The revolutionary new science building makes use of a glass façade to provide an aesthetically pleasing finish and ensure the laboratories achieve a light and airy feel. Subcontractors Northolt Glass installed both Reynaers CS68 window system and the popular CW50 curtain walling range for the project.

A thermally insulated three-chamber system for windows and doors, Reynaers CS68 boasts the optimum combination of high insulation levels, outstanding weather performance and optimal safety. The system was particularly beneficial to this development as it is available in a variety of aesthetic finishes to facilitate a variety of design options.

The CW50 curtain wall system provides a striking, uninterrupted modern glass frontage to the building. It offers unlimited creative freedom and allows maximum penetration of light into the building. This profile system was particularly useful for the main atrium area, providing a natural light source to the science block.

Reynaers CW50 curtain walling is available in a range of different designs including capped, horizontal lining, structural glazing, structurally clamped, aluminium on steel, slimline and roof applications. The new science block uses a structural glazing system.

Designed by Architects Mouchel, the new building provides students with an environment that not only encourages scientific research, but also actively promotes it.

The heating supply for the new science building comes from a unique system that utilises the heat from 14 underground bore holes. It is then channelled into the laboratories and retained in the building with the insulation provided by Reynaers systems.

For full details contact: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, Fax: 0121 421 9797 or email: reynaersltd@reynaers.com.

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