Anglo-European School

A cost-effective, time-efficient and sustainable solution to the redevelopment of an Essex school.

Sector

Education

Client

TJ Evers

Architect

Lyster Grillet & Harding

Completion

June 2014

Build System

Kingspan TEK®

timber frame school building with large glazed entrance hall

The Project

Kingspan Timber Solutions was commissioned by principal contractor T J Evers to contribute to the continuing redevelopment of the Anglo-European School in Essex. As a result of the impending demolition of an existing classroom block that was no longer fit for purpose, the contractor had commissioned the construction of a series of classrooms, seminar rooms, storage and toilet facilities in a two-storey block. Kingspan Timber Solutions were tasked with providing a cost-effective, time-efficient, and sustainable solution. For this, we utilised the Kingspan TEK® structural insulated panel building system.

timber frame school building with large glazed entrance hall

The Design

The project's architects had developed a design with some tricky features, including extensive clerestory windows, a large glazed entrance hall and area of two-storey curtain wallings. This was in addition to the normal complications that schools pose, which include disproportionate collapse, enhanced acoustic performce, large-span floors and high loads. As a structural insulated panel system, Kingspan TEK® was sufficiently flexible to deliver the design required without compromising on quality. The new facilities combined Kingspan TEK® prefabricated structural insulated panels which were used to construct both the walls and roof, with 304mm-deep open metal web joists to achieve the floorspans and facilitate the easy installation of services. The new building and its contemporary design will benefit from a highly efficient envelope with a 142mm Kingspan TEK® panel. The provision of an offsite building solution enabled a shorter build programme to ensure minimum disruption to the students.

timber frame school building with large glazed entrance hall
Timber frame school with large glazed entrance hall
timber frame school building with large glazed entrance hall
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