In 2010 the council embarked on a long-term refurbishment programme of its 449 SCOLA schools. Using their existing structures, the schools’ exteriors are being refurbished to improve their aesthetics and internal environments and to reduce escalating heating and maintenance costs.
Colin Burville, Technical Services Manager at Hampshire County Council explains: “We opted for light-gauge steel infill panels clad with the Gebrik insulating cladding system as we considered this would provide a quick, clean and cost-effective solution, removing extensive site works from the extremely tight build programmes”.
The council has several framework contractors carrying out the programme of works, with Raymond Brown Construction involved in a number of refurbishments. Steve Manville, the company’s Contracts Manager explained some of the issues they faced: “On busy school sites, with work often undertaken during term time, the practicalities and logistics of managing the refurbishment projects, as well as issues of health and safety, are critical. Some schools require individual buildings to be refurbished in phases and so safety and minimising disruption were of paramount importance”.
Site Manager, Lewis Rogers continued: “The design solution proved to be quieter, faster and less disruptive than conventional construction methods, which helped us maintain a much tidier and smaller site storage compound. Typically we estimated a time reduction of 33 to 50% for Gebrik when compared with conventional masonry construction, with a two-man team comfortably installing 20m² of Gebrik per day in most weather conditions. This enabled us to deliver a brick facade for a fraction of the time, cost and work involved, whilst providing a high quality, well-insulated and robust rainscreen”.
13 schemes have been completed to date by the council, extending the life of the classrooms to deliver stunning new buildings with a contemporary exterior and greatly improved learning environment.