NEWARK ACADEMY

Set to become the flagship academy for Nottinghamshire that will transform the face of education in the area – the Newark Academy will ensure that the both the educational and sporting needs of the local community are met.

From the creation of a modern sports complex to the nine IT learning suites – the facility will encompass a large main school block, a smaller unit that will house the sports hall and other associated buildings that will link the two main structures.

THE CONSTRUCTION JOURNEY

EOS Facades offer a comprehensive range of services and were able to provide extensive onsite support and quality assurance during this project.

The design of windows being significantly outside the line of the structural framing system (SFS), together with the architectural requirement for deep walls to achieve flush internal lines – presented the experienced EOS Facades team with a challenge. However, solutions were quickly developed.

The windows required robust support. EOS Facades was able resolve this issue through the design and supply of continuous cill plates to support the large windows. By providing continuous angle support the team was also able to reduce the thickness and therefore not infringe heavily into the structural opening sizes which reduced the impact onsite tolerances.

To meet the architectural brief to achieve the correct depth for walls for flush internal lines – EOS Facades designed and value engineered a 250mm deep SFS solution which avoided having to use a ‘difficult to install’ twin leaf system.

EOS Facades further aided the project by providing a solution for working around the large areas of cross bracing in the build. By splicing their SFS to fit around it, the potentially problematic bracing could be hidden within the line of the wall, which maintained a sturdy internal finish for the build and maximised the space usage for the sports hall.

EOS Facades also supplied hybrid wind post base plates that ensured that parapets were rigid and robust, with no protrusions of steel onto the roof cladding.

POSITIVE OUTCOMES

Speed, sustainability and cost certainty were the key drivers for the build. By designing and manufacturing many bespoke engineering details and value engineering – EOS Facades met the challenging project brief.

Enhancing typical offsite construction methods by preassembling jambs and lintels in the factory, to reduce labour time and costs onsite, kept the project on track and within the £74,000 budget for the 3,500m2 steel frame element.

Principal Karine Jasper said: “This is something we truly believe can help to transform education in Newark and become a hub for our local community. Modern technology will be at the forefront of Newark Academy and there will be a total of nine new IT learning areas throughout the school, ensuring all students have access to technology whenever required.”

This project is due for completion in January 2016.

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