Orbis Timber Doorsets from Laidlaw Solutions have been supplied with ironmongery to 3 Academies and 3 schools as part of 'Wave 1' of Sunderland City Council’s £120 million 'Building Schools for the Future'. These included Darlington Academy, Castle View Enterprise Academy and Red House Academy together with Washington School, Biddick School Sports College and Pennywell School. St. Robert of Newminster RC School is scheduled as part of the next phase.
The doorset specification was based on a paint grade frame, laminate-faced door leaf and Orbis Commercial Silk Anodised Aluminium ironmongery. Work began in early 2009 following months of development in conjunction with the Balfour Beatty Construction design team. In addition to a complete transformation of the learning experience, the BSF developments have been designed for the positive impact they will have on regeneration initiatives, inward investment, the local economy and efforts to meet skills shortages in Sunderland. Wave 1 funding involved a combination of new build and refurbishment, with pupils also using a vocational centre for subjects such as the performing arts, sport, construction, engineering and ICT.
By co-ordinating the supply of doors, frames, glazing, ironmongery and access control at the specification stage, the risks associated with scheduling multi-site, fast-track projects were greatly reduced.