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By: Plan Magazine  05/12/2011

First application of Technal’s new low rise façade system now under construction

The new MODAL low rise façade system has been specified for the Sirius Academy and Ganton Special School in Hull. Designed by Aedas and under construction by Balfour Beatty Construction, the project will replace Pickering High School and provide a new site for Ganton Special School.
Scheduled for completion in Summer 2011, construction of this l learning campus is well advanced and the glazing is now being installed. The scheme will provide a new 1,650-place academy, specialist support for 40 pupils with visual and hearing impairments and Ganton Special School, which will accommodate a further 88 pupils.

Glazing fabricator Hurricane Architectural is installing around 4,000sqm of Technal’s MODAL low rise façade system across the campus building as part of a £1m contract. Finished in grey with grey glass, MODAL is being used on every elevation, both as fixed lights and with an integral opening vent to minimise sight lines. Vertical aerofoil caps will provide solar shading and the GXi balcony door, which is fully integrated with MODAL, has also been specified.

Commenting on the use of MODAL, Phillip Jackson, Associate Director at Aedas said, “Our specification criteria was for a glazing system that would maximise light, and accommodate large floor-to-ceiling spans of glass without large frames. It also had to co-ordinate with the rainscreen cladding. MODAL will give us a good overall appearance and is sufficiently robust for a demanding secondary school environment. It has effective thermal performance to minimise heat loss and gain, and will help us achieve high levels of acoustic protection, which are important as the site is located near a busy road.”

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011