Offsite construction puts school on fast-track to success

The Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) have been used to create the building envelope of a contemporary, energy efficient sports hall and classroom block at Swavesey Village College, South Cambridgeshire.

The new buildings, which form part of the school’s redevelopment plans, have been designed by Lyster Grillet & Harding. To allow the facilities to be completed to a tight deadline, and to minimise the building footprint, the Kingspan TEK Building System was installed by Kingspan TEK Delivery Partners – Lowfield Timber Frames. Simon Brown, Associate Director at Lyster Grillet & Harding, commented:

“The project needed to complete within short construction programme dictated by the EFA funding programme and the school calendar. We specified the Kingspan TEK Building System to form the envelope of the classroom block, which enabled a rapid turnaround of design, costing and progression to site, to allow completion of the second phase for Easter 2016.”

The panels arrived onsite pre-cut to the project’s exact specifications. This bespoke approach almost eradicated onsite alterations and, combined with the panelised system construction, allowed the installation team to establish a fast and predictable installation programme.

The highly insulated core of the 142 mm thick Kingspan TEK Building System installed at the school can deliver U-values of 0.20 W/m2.K or better, whilst the OSB/3 facing of the panels and unique jointing system help to minimise unnecessary air loss. This will help to minimise the energy requirements of the facilities, therefore reducing the school’s energy bills.

In addition to excellent thermal and air permeability performance, the Kingspan TEK panels also offered additional design benefits, as Simon Brown explains:

“Our experience of designing projects using the Kingspan TEK panels from the outset allows us to exploit the inherent flexibility of the system, greatly simplifying the incorporation of clerestory windows, adding drama to the corridors in addition to, on a practical level, daylight and natural ventilation strategies without compromising the buildings’ performance.”

The Kingspan TEK Building System is also available in a 172 mm thickness, delivering U-values of 0.17 W/m2.K or better, without the need for additional insulation. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC® (FSC®-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. As standard, the OSB/3 facing of the Kingspan TEK panels is PEFC certified at 70 per cent.

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