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Cladding Panels from Steni UK Feature on a Redeveloped School

06 August 2013

Composite cladding panels from Steni UK have helped meet the architect’s design for the colourful exterior of a redeveloped city school in Sheffield, UK.

Some 3,000m2 of Steni’s fibre-reinforced-polymer-composite 7mm colour panels, in a total of eight shades, have been used on the façade and main entrance soffit of phases one and two of the £22million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.

Phase one, the new build element, incorporates a new dining hall, main hall, learning resource centre and visitors’ reception as well as maths, science, ICT and humanities classrooms.

Phase two comprised part-refurbishment of the existing buildings, also by main contractor VINCI Construction UK. This involved stripping them back to their original steel structures and high-level stone cladding, and installing new envelopes.

The redeveloped school was designed by architects at HLM to be inspiring to all, including the community which has access to its facilities after school hours. Students were involved in looking at key factors in the planning process such as design, sustainability, landscape and technology.

Steni’s lightweight composite panels feature a smooth surface of 100% acrylic that is electron-beam cured without the use of solvents, were installed in long, horizontal and vertical bands and in colours ranging from light yellow to dark grey by specialist sub-contractor NG Developments.

The rain-screen element used structural adhesive on an aluminium sub-structure. The remainder was made up into Steni-faced composite panels and glazed into a low-rise aluminium glazing system.

NG’s Ian Dunn said, “The rain-screen cladding was particularly challenging due to the numerous differing colours and especially the sizes of the panels required for the architect’s scheme. The panels were structurally bonded to the carrier system which was carried out under specific weather conditions and within tight temperature and moisture levels.

“But the Steni panels are a robust product which helped with the installation of the larger panel areas.”

NG Developments’ work on Phase one was rewarded with a Contractor of the Month Safety Award for two consecutive months from VINCI Construction UK.

VINCI Construction UK project manager John Hartley said, “The windows and cladding package was technically challenging and involved high-risk activities, particularly working at height.”

Photo provided by Steni UK Limited.

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