Knauf Facades steel framing systems have been specified by CRT Construction for a project to build the £4.7 million Garston Manor SEN school in Watford.
The single storey 3,000m2 building accommodates 120 students aged between 11-16 years and features flexible teaching spaces, food technology, art, drama and science areas. It also includes specialist sensory rooms and pastoral care units.
Once completed, the existing school will be demolished and replaced with landscaping.
CRT specified Knauf’s SFS system, citing the company’s timely technical support reinforced with on-site inspections. CRT estimator Alan Brown commented:
“The product is competitively priced but it’s the quality of the service behind it that makes the difference. The company really understands the needs of small to medium sized sub-contractors such as ourselves. We find them very approachable and easy to work with.”
“Its staff come on-site and check the quality of the installation, making sure that it is in line with the drawings, and then provide us with the documentation to show that it has been installed correctly, which reassures our clients that there won’t be any problems further down the line.”
All Knauf Exterior Wall Systems have been fully designed and tested for structural, thermal, fire and acoustic performance in collaboration with UKAS laboratories and independent consultants such as the Steel Construction Institute (SCI).
Fire safety is operational from the start, allowing for high levels of fire protection during construction, as well as once the project is finished.
The system enables fast track construction, as a weather-tight external envelope can be installed quickly so that internal work can begin as soon as possible.
The lightweight construction can also reduce the load on the primary structural frame and substructure design.
The SFS system can also provide benefits for schemes working towards improving BREEAM levels or Code for Sustainable Homes credits.
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