Holy Trinity Advanced Learning Centre, Barnsley

Holy Trinity Advanced Learning Centre, Barnsley

The clean lines and subtle textures offered by BENCHMARK Cement Fibre Façade Systems have been used to great effect at the new Holy Trinity Advanced Learning Centre (ALC) in Barnsley, matching contemporary design with low maintenance performance.

Over 1100m² of the engineered systems, developed in partnership with Marley Eternit, were installed on the Sports Building and Performance Hall, which will be an important hub for the state of the art ALC.

Quality, aesthetics and ease of installation were all factors in the products’ specification by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), a spokesperson explained:

“The BENCHMARK Façade Systems installed on the Sports and Performance Hall Buildings were chosen to complement the exceptionally high level of finish of the white pre-cast concrete system manufactured by main contractors Laing O’Rourke, which was largely used to construct the main school building. Achieving a reduced construction period was also a key driver for the project”

AHMM specified the BENCHMARK Cement Fibre Façade Systems in two textures. The majority was installed in white Cedral, using BENCHMARK’s face-fixing method to further enhance the weatherboard effect. For contrasting detail, a smaller quantity of Operal was installed in dark grey at ground level.

As with all school projects, a short construction timescale was a key consideration. Both systems were installed by Advanced Roofing Ltd and Senior Project Manager Tony Green commented:

“In our experience we’ve always found BENCHMARK Façades simple to install, particularly onto either of BENCHMARK Engineered Systems, Karrier or Konnect. Both systems comprise of insulated panel technology, so as soon as they are installed the building is weathertight and the internal work can begin. Installing the façade is also straightforward as it comes pre-cut and pre-drilled, which means that we can fit them onto the specified railing system pretty much out of the box.”

“The speed of installation was particularly quick at Holy Trinity as the BENCHMARK Cement Fibre Façades were small and light enough to be installed by teams of two without any special lifting equipment. The vertical space layout of the façade also helped as it allowed more than one group to work on different points of the elevation at the same time.”

“BENCHMARK’s in-house technical team also provided excellent support on the project and was involved all the way from tendering to completion.”

Holy Trinity ALC brings together Holy Cross and St Dominic's Primary Schools with St Michael's High School into a single facility with the capacity for 1,226 pupils. It forms part of Barnsley Council’s scheme to replace all of the boroughs secondary schools with ALCs, which has been funded through the Building Schools for the Future programme. The billion pound plus scheme is being delivered by Barnsley LEP with its private sector partner, Building Partnership for Learning; a joint venture between John Laing and Laing O’Rourke.

The three schools merging to form Holy Trinity worked closely with the design team to create a building which reflected their ethos, and the new centre also includes a range of state of the art Information and Communications Technology features aimed at enhancing all elements of the learning environment. As with the other Advanced Learning Centres constructed in Barnsley, Holy Trinity will also be available for use by the community for leisure and cultural activities and adult learning.

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