Pinelog Buildings a Success at King’s College School - February 11, 2011

Bakewell, Derbyshire-based timber buildings company Pinelog has completed two wooden buildings at the prestigious King’s College School, London – a hall at the pre-prep school for boys and a music room at the main school – using wood components protected with Arch Timber Protection’s Vacsol Aqua wood preservative and given a final clear protective coating.

The hall at the pre-prep department of the Wimbledon Common Preparatory School (known as 'Squirrels') will be used for plays, indoor sports, meetings and lunches. The soundproof music room incorporates a teaching room, two practice rooms and an office.

The buildings for the school were created as a turnkey project by Pinelog, incorporating all the school’s requirements at the design stage, building the modules at its Bakewell factory and assembling the building in situ. Because this type of building is lightweight, it only required concrete raft footings. These options reduced the build time and the time needed on-site, keeping the costs low and reducing any disruption to the school.

As part of the decision process, Pinelog arranged for the members of the school staff and board to visit one of their existing buildings, the Brooklands Museum Shop. The school took a string quartet along to check the acoustics and soundproofing, and came away very satisfied.

“We chose timber buildings because they would be quick to assemble, were affordable and fitted in with the environmental vision of the school. Modular  construction also gave us the option to move the building if we need to redevelop the site in the future. Pinelog offered us the best service – it was also important that we could visit an existing Pinelog building in daily use. The timescale for building caused minimum disruption to school life as the work had to be completed during term time – the building arrived on a Tuesday morning, and was useable by the end of the week. Now all the children in the school want to be crane drivers!” says Rhys Tomlin, Site Manager at King’s School London.

“We were delighted to work with the team at King’s College School, and to see our buildings in constant daily use. When we planned the hall and music rooms, one of King’s College School’s primary focuses was the environmental impact, and our use of Scandanavian redwood and larch from sustainable sources, and other energy-efficient materials allowed us to meet and exceed their requirements,” says Ian Grant, Sales & Marketing Director at Pinelog.

The project will benefit from the advanced Vacsol Aqua preservative protection of the structural and cladding timber that will ensure long term performance providing the school with confidence in their  new facilities.

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