A new high school in Reading has specified two of Senior Architectural System’s thermally efficient glazing solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the building while helping maximise the sense of light and space.
Reading Girls’ School has been built as part of a scheme to create seven new secondary schools across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading. The school has been designed by Maber Architects and delivered by Interserve Kajima Joint Venture.
Senior’s patented low U-value PURe aluminium casement windows feature in the new Reading Girls’ School in Berkshire, throughout the two three-storey high teaching blocks, and the thermally enhanced SF52 curtain walling has been used for the school’s main entrance area and atrium.
A key consideration in the designing of the school was the daylighting. The main window pattern required a specific area of visible daylight to be achieved, the PURe multi frame option was used to accommodate opening in and opening out ventilators, negating the requirement for reverse rebate adaptors or couplers. Wastage was reduced by using the PURe multi frame sections, as one section can be used as the outer frame, mullion and transom.
The interior of the school is flooded with natural light due to the slim profiles of both the PURe windows and SF52 curtain walling, contrasting with the striking blue cladding panels that have been used on the exterior facade.
Senior’s PURe system is competitively priced compared to standard aluminium windows and benefits from an enhanced thermal barrier manufactured from expanded polyurethane foam. The system additionally achieves U-values lower than required by the project team.
The SF52 curtain wall system has been developed to offer an enhanced thermal performance, exceeding current building regulations, helping to achieve the building’s thermal targets, improving its environmental efficiency and contributing to the reduce reliance on mechanical cooling and ventilation.
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