Community school building - inspiring learning

Elmgreen School in Lambeth,London,is a non-denominational mixed secondary school,catering for 11 – 18 year olds. By 2013 this specialist humanities collegewill have900 students aged 11 – 16,and a 200-place sixth form.

Challenge
Elmgreen School is the first parent promoted school in the country,so the challenge was to design and build a school that meets the needs of parents,governors, teachers, pupils and the local community.

Working safely and productively on a very small site also posed particular challenges. The area around the site was only just wide enough for vehicles to pass, so contractors had to work tidily, swiftly and effectively together. The restrictions of working on such a confined site, and the logistics of keeping part of the school in operation whilst ensuring the main build progressed smoothly and was completed on schedule, required careful planning and co-operation between all parties.

The design had to incorporate important safety features in order to minimise the possible impact of any accident. The mono pitch rooflights were therefore designed to be non fragile, and the glass was manufactured to resist the impact of a falling person.

Solution
Scott Brownrigg has consistently been in the top 20 UK architectural practices over the last few years. Together with Carillion they chose SkyLight Solutions to provide the glazing because of their successful completion of previous contracts, excellent supply chain relationships and unceasing attention to detail. SkyLight Solutions worked closely with the architects to create an innovative yet affordable and functional school building. The large glazed marketplace consists of over 1300 m2 of bespoke roof glazing. The individual rooflights are designed to be non-fragile in compliance with ACR[M]2001.

For the market square areas SkyLight Solutions selected the Schüco FW60+ glazing system using high performance glass from Pilkington. The glazing consisted of 6mm clear heat soaked toughened Pilkington ACTIV glass with a 16mm argon gas cavity with silicone edge seal and an 8.8mm clear Pilkington THERM S3 Low-E laminated inner.

The new school design consists of a library at the heart of the school, overlooking a large central marketplace surrounded by the main hall, activities studio and restaurant. The area was glazed to allow maximum light, and to encourage interaction and communication between pupils and teachers between classes.

Results
The new school design consists of a library at the heart of the school, overlooking a large central marketplace surrounded by the main hall, activities studio and restaurant. The area was glazed to allow maximum light, and to encourage interaction and communication between pupils and teachers between classes.

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