‘The Greenhouse’, Farnborough Sixth Form College’s purpose built social space for students, is using 20 rectangular Quadra column casings from Encasement, finished with a durable ‘cactus green’ coloured laminated finish, to conceal structural steel columns and integrate with the building’s interior design.
Ranked as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, Farnborough is a member of the Maple Group, a partnership of 11 leading sixth form colleges in England, whose members have been named ‘State 6th Form College of The Year’ by The Sunday Times, for the past three years.
Standing 2890mm high, the Quadra column casings are spaced around the perimeter and in the centre of the large open plan communal space, which provides a practical and aesthetic solution for concealing the structural steelwork.
Manufactured from strong 8mm thick plywood, which is pre-formed into the Quadra’s final dimensions of 220mm x 400mm, the casings’ green Polyrey C049 bonded laminated finish is designed to resist scuffs and damage in high traffic areas. The casings also incorporate matching infill strips to give an integrated finish to the vertical joints, while also using a 100mm high grey skirting collar to add contrast to the design and integrate with other elements of the building’s interior.
Managing Director, Martin Taylor, explained:
“Quadra casings are the perfect solution for The Greenhouse and form part of our extensive column casing range that also includes Circa pre-formed plywood products and our Forma metal casings, which are widely used throughout the education sector for interior and exterior applications in public areas, classrooms and lecture theatres, as well as for main entrances and foyers.”