Bideford Community College, Devonshire

Bideford Community College, Devonshire

Client: Bideford Community College
Architect: NPS
Type of works: supply of Leaderflush Shapland's Designer fire-resistant doorsets and Extended Performance acoustic doorsets.

Leaderflush Shapland the UK’s leading performance doorset manufacturer supplied 663 doorsets to the new Bideford Community College in Devonshire under the BSF program. 1,800 pupils aged 11 to 18 years-old will be catered for at the new £44m Bideford Community College, which was built on the existing site alongside the current school and is due to be open to students for the start of term September 2010. The new site includes a six-court sports hall, two multi-use games areas, an artificial turf pitch, a dance studio, and a theatre/cinema, all of which are available for out-of-hours use by the local community.

The initial design for the school won the ‘Most Sustainable School’ category at the prestigious Excellence in BSF Awards and the aspiration of the new college is to be as close to a carbon neutral site as possible.

Architects from the NPS group specified doorsets and screens from the Leaderflush Shapland Designer range to meet performance characteristics of 60-minutes fire resistance and from the Extended Performance range to meet sound reduction levels of 38 RwdB. The doorsets were faced in Light Grey and Black laminate and were specified with VN4 vision panels in compliance with Part M of the building regulations for disabled-access requirements.

Leaderflush Shapland’s exclusive doorset core, EnduraCor, was also specified for Bideford Community College as its durability and stability make it particularly suitable for educational environments. In a recent independent test, EnduraCor was shown to be one hundred times more durable than multi-layered chipboard, achieving 1,000 more impacts than required by EN1192 Class 4 (at which point the test was stopped) as well as achieving 2,000,000 cycles, 1,000,000 more than required by EN1191 Class 8.

This highly cost-effective solution could significantly reduce whole-life repair and maintenance costs which helped contribute to Bideford Community College achieving an Excellent rating in the BREEAM scheme, as EnduraCor is manufactured using sustainable materials and contributes to the BREEAM assessment when ordered as FSC.

Leaderflush Shapland has a wealth of knowledge in the education sector with innovative products such as EnduraCor, the doorset core truly built to last and Sentinel, Leaderflush Shapland’s hand finger protection solution, making its doorsets especially suitable for any educational application.

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