Rainscreen Cladding at Barrow Hall College, Cheshire.

Rainscreen Cladding at Barrow Hall College, Cheshire.

Natura fibre cement rainscreen cladding from Marley has been used to give a distinctive identity to a new sixth form college building in Cheshire.

Architects EWA specified Natura in Ruby and Anthracite for all exterior walls of the Barrow Hall College, which forms part of Great Sankey High School in Warrington, with Ruby forming the main feature colour and Anthracite used to complement the extensive glazed frontage.

Natura is an aesthetically appealing fibre cement cladding panel designed for external cladding applications. It provides a tough and practical rainscreen solution and is suitable for use on a wide variety of applications.

Director of EWA Dominic Williams says: “The intention for Barrow Hall College was to provide a dynamic modern building that was welcoming and inspirational to young people. It was to have a recognisable identity through the use of colour, provided by Natura in Anthracite and Ruby, to create an exciting environment for the students, a theme that was continued through to the interior of the building.”

The Natura rainscreen cladding panels were fixed to the timber framed structure, incorporating a rear ventilated cavity and 140mm of insulation overall, to provide the building with enhanced weather and thermal performance benefits. The panels were fixed with Marley’s colour matched fixings.
Main contractor was McGoff & Byrne of Altrincham, and the Natura was installed by Range Roofing and Cladding Ltd. of Salford.

Philip McLaughlin, Technical Manger at Range Roofing and Cladding, said: “This was one of the first projects we have undertaken using Marley’s Natura. We found it very easy to work with, which was necessary to allow for site tolerances, and also lightweight and easy to fit.”

Marley fibre cement cladding panels can achieve an A+ rating as defined in the BRE Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating for autoclaved fibre cement single sheet - (Element Ref: 80623042, 806230422, 806230447, 806230450). Practical qualities of the material include fire classifications A2-s1-d0 non combustible and EN 13501-1 and an installed life expectancy of at least 50 years.

The new teaching block at Great Sankey School provides the latest educational facilities to 400 sixth form pupils who were previously accommodated within the main school building.

Jo Code, head of sixth form, said: “The new building looks stunning and a lot of the students have said that it looks much better than many of the universities they have visited!”

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