Acorn appointed for BREEAM top rated school development

Acorn Aluminium has been awarded the contract for windows and curtain walling on Galliford Try’s new build school development for Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA).

With a 900-pupil capacity, development on the site of the former Vauxhall Gardens Education Centre in the centre of the city, will become a centre for digital learning, when it opens in September 2022.

The 7,887m2 building, designed by architects practice AHR Architects, will include class and ICT rooms, science labs, an art studio, music rooms, drama and activity studios, and a main hall and set out across interconnected blocks ranging from one to four storeys.

We have been appointed to design, manufacture and install, 1,270m2 of curtain walling in System 17 by Metal Technology and casement windows in its 4-35 system. The contract was awarded following the successful completion of previous projects, including Galifford Try’s Prince Albert High, which will open its doors this September.

Paul Stevens, Commercial Director, Acorn Aluminium said: “The project is BREEAM Very Good rated, so thermal performance by definition made up a big part of the brief.

“We’ve been able to achieve a high level of energy efficiency, contributing directly to the development’s overall BREAAM rating using System 17 by Metal Tech. It uses a specially designed thermal isolator profile to achieve whole window U-values of as low as 0.87 W/m2K dependent on glass specification, in this case achieving 1.6 W/m2k.”

This same focus on energy efficiency was also reflected in window specification. Compliant with BS6375 Parts 1,2 and 3 and PAS24 the Metal Technology 4-35 is also acoustically tested to BS EN 1SO 140-3 and BS EN ISO 717-1.

“Energy efficiency is pivotal in every project we work on, and increasingly the same is true of acoustics. Partnering with leading commercial aluminium systems companies, including not only Metal Technology but also Seniors and Technal, we can support architects and contractors in developing specifications that deliver through life”, Paul concluded.

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