Wrightstyle, the Devizes-based steel glazing company, has supplied a range of advanced systems to a school in Neath, South Wales, in a project that was significantly delayed because of important archaeological excavations.
The £8 million Dwr y Felin Comprehensive School project saw construction of a new two-storey 3,200 square metre teaching block, comprising a number of classrooms, IT suites, assembly hall, staff accommodation and a cyber café, compliant with BREEEAM requirements.
Project delivery was complicated by the discovery on-site of a Roman fort built in the 1st century, a structure never previously seen in the UK, and which was constructed as a defence against the hostile Silures tribe – and who may have gifted the Welsh rugby team their red jerseys.
Wrightstyle provided approximately 600 square metres of large-span curtain walling with enhanced security, automated thermally broken aluminium windows, window vents, louvered plant room doors, and thermally broken security doors.
The company used its bespoke SR60 large-span curtain wall profiles (60 x 180 x 3mm & 5mm) in order to achieve the large seven metre free spans of glazing required by the design team, and which additionally had to meet high wind loading criteria.
“The school’s motto is “it is not good if it is not your best” and that summed up how we had to approach this project, with large-span configurations, high wind loading characteristics – and a number of difficult interfaces with adjoining timber and brickwork finishes,” said Lee Coates, Wrightstyle technical director.
“However, our systems have all been rigorously tested to EU, US and Far Eastern standards, and are installed in a number of high-value buildings in, for example, Singapore and Hong Kong – a typhoon area – where wind loading can be significantly higher than South Wales,” he said. “However, despite design constraints, the external curtain walling also incorporated slim 60mm sightlines to enhance the aesthetics of the elevation.”
Wrightstyle has been specified for a large number of educational projects both in the UK and internationally, most recently for the £1.6 million refurbishment of a school in Weston-Super-Mare, housed in a Grade II Listed building. The project required Wrightstyle to design and install secondary glazing assemblies to exterior windows – each of which had a unique size, and required the company to custom design and fabricate ten separate elliptical head openings, which had up to three different radii in one curve.
The company has an international reputation for its bespoke design, fabrication and installation capability, providing a comprehensive range of specialist internal and external glass and glazing systems, which include curtain walling, fire screens, doors and windows, to protect against fire, ballistic or bomb attack.