Arch timber cladding protects new-build school
Lonza Wood Protection
Arch timber cladding
Timber cladding from, Arch Timber Protection , fitted on the outside of Highfields and Penn Fields School has also been treated with NON-COM Exterior fire retardant.
This retardant defends the new campus against fire without affecting the look and strength of the wood.
The cladding uses 80m3 of Siberian larch, and has been chosen by the architect to be a feature of the new project.
NON-COM Exterior uses an approved leach-resistant, polymer-based formulation and is applied by vacuum-pressure impregnation, ensuring a long term built-in fire protection.The battens supporting the cladding were also NON-COM Exterior treated to provide a complete fire retardant protection.
Whitmore's Timber sales director Ian Thomson said: 'The Siberian larch on the building looks great and will be long-lasting'.
'The architect for the project recommended that we use NON-COM Exterior to protect the timber used in this large-scale project'.
Arch fire retardant product manager Jacqui Hughes said: 'NON-COM Exterior is long established, tried and fully tested treatment and meets all relevant British and European standards making it ideal for use in a situation like a school'.
The site, which combines Highfields Science Specialist School and Penn Fields Special School, is due to open in September 2012.
The two schools are housed in separate wings but share communal sports facilities, and the campus also includes a community cafe.
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