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29.05.2019, 18:35

Weatherproofing a School's Quad

Company News, Building Services Engineering, Education, EMEA
Pupils of Alsager School in Cheshire are enjoying a ground-breaking all weather structure following their school's £320,000 redevelopment.

Designed, built and installed by Access North Build to cover the area beneath an entire quadrangle, the structure utilises the UK's first lightweight steel space frame to support an Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membrane.


The superstructure which is over 400 square feet in size was assembled in the school's car park prior to being lifted and manoeuvred precisely into position and fixed with pre-installed locating bolts.


Praising the solution, Alsager School site manager, Matt Harris, said:

"Fresh air plays a pivotal part in the wellbeing and health of people of all ages.


"Creating a space which allows students to ‘go outside’ while providing protection from the elements – including rain and solar shielding is key to supporting their development."


Access North Group managing director, Berenice Northcott added:

"This type of ETFE enclosure provides an extremely beneficial space for organisations within the education sector where student wellbeing is crucial.


"Additionally, the new ETFE canopy has a design life of 70 years providing it is regularly maintained, but if the time comes when it is no longer required, the ETFE membrane and steel space frame are recyclable, extending the environmental-friendliness of the build with the circular economy in mind.


"We relished the challenges of this particular project, as craning a huge space frame over a school and courtyard bordered on all sides without damaging buildings or people was a testimony to the planning, organisation and attention to detail of the team."




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