We’re a Facade Awards – award winner!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve won the award for ‘Best Use of Fibre Cement Cladding’, in this years Facade Awards 2021.

The Broxbourne School is a ‘beacon of excellence for modern education.’ A vibrant and contemporary aesthetic achieved using complementing, highly durable Swisspearl fibre cement facade panels – Vintago  (Colours: VI 061, VI 091) fixed with Sika adhesive onto Swisspearl’s Sigma8 mechanical secret fixing system, and our original Downer DCS031 framing.

In the words of the architect:

The Broxbourne School is an exemplary, hybrid offsite scheme that deployed an Optimised Component-led Approach to achieve significant cost, programme and sustainability benefits. This provided the greatest flexibility in the layouts and freedom to develop the façades – bespoke design through standard components.’ Bond Bryan Architects.

‘Externally, the building has been designed as a beacon for modern education – welcoming pupils via a distinctive three-storey glazed colonnade. Internally, a large 3-storey atrium will be both the social and thephysical heart of the school. The vibrant and daylit atrium serves to knit the large community elements and the 3 teaching wings together into a cohesive whole. A large learning resource centre and 6th form study centre overlook the entrance to the site.’ Mid Group Architects

Working in collaboration with Bond Bryan, Mid Group acted as the main contractors for The Broxbourne School. Through using a range of offsite construction solutions, the team successfully took the project through planning and into delivery on site in just 15 months.

You can read more about the brand new, 13,000 sqm secondary school based at the heart of a new residential development by Chase New Homes on their website: https://lnkd.in/d7Meaw5i

Why Swisspearl?

When it comes to choosing facades for education sector projects, there are endless vying prerequisites to consider, not least cost. With limited or stringent budgets to adhere to, the chosen facade solution has to at a minimum deliver on price point. The beauty with Swisspearl is that it also boasts endless aesthetic possibilities too. Here are just some of the reasons why it was chosen:

Premium quality, durable facade. Anti-graffiti coating & colour durability.

Our high resistance (HR) surface coating protects the rainscreen panels against heavy staining and graffiti, giving a building a consistent look that lasts.

‘Wherever Vintago is used on a building, the colour durability means the appearance is stable for a long time. This is ensured by using a high tech coating that gives Vintago outstanding weather resistance and excellent protection against staining.

Environmentally friendly facade – the coating contains no formaldehyde or plasticizers.’

Stand-out Colours 

Swisspearl’s Vintago colour spectrum includes 10 compatible tones ranging from onyx to black opal. These can be combined for wide variety of composition options.

Easy Installation

Swisspearl’s Vintago fibre cement panels  are easy to use and can be installed as either flush or lapped cladding. It can be mounted by using either visible or concealed fasteners.

Fire classification

A2-s1, d0
Environmental certifications / Norms
Environmental Product Declaration according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804
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We’re so proud of this excellent collaboration with installers SD Samuels (Special Projects) Ltd, and talented architects Mid Group Ltd, and Bond Bryan for Chase New Homes and the award of course!

Thank you for the nomination and also for all those who voted, we couldn’t be happier.

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