Shortstown Primary School New Build
In just three months SEH Commercial has installed aluminium products totalling 148 windows and 37 sets of doors in the new Shortstown Primary School in Befordshire using just a team of two men plus an on-site supervisor.
The £6.45 million year-long build of the primary school began in August 2012 when builders Willmott Dixon moved their heavy plant on to the site at Shortstown, and on 2 September 2013 around 450 primary school children are due to take up residence.
The village used to be home to workers at the Short Brothers Aerospace Company in nearby Cardington, the first company in the world to make production aircraft, and has seen rapid growth in recent years with an influx of new housing in the village.
In fact the distant backdrop to the children’s playground is the gigantic hangars that used to house the airships.sd1 – Copy
This new school, which will take children from the existing Shortstown Lower School and another school in the area to create the newer, bigger school, will have two forms to every year plus a pre school and comprises of 14 classrooms.
Like most new builds, heat retention for the project is a big consideration as it has such an impact on fuel bills. All the windows have good heat-retaining properties and better UV values so rooms do not become too hot in the summer months. They have also been heat soaked to strengthen them.
Heat soaking is a destructive process in which a pane of tempered glass is subjected to temperatures up to 280° C for several hours over a specific temperature gradient to induce fracture.
This test ensures that if breakage is likely on infected panes they will break inside the factory furnace instead of in situ. Up to 95% NiS (Nickel Sulfide) infested panes are usually destroyed inside the heat-soak chamber at the factory premises, which reduces the chances of on-site breakages and therefore any risk to injury.
SEH Commercial had a four-man installation team available for the duration of the contract but the famously unpredictable British weather meant it was particularly wet so natural construction works delays meant the job was completed at a steady pace and only two installers were needed.
The contract for SEH Commercial took three months from initial designs to completion. Mark Wakes said: “It was quite a straight forward project – it went really smoothly and we could have gone quicker but for the wet weather.”
In fact, as far as Tony Shevlane, Willmott Dixon’s Project Manager, is concerned it was a little planning matter over 3m high windows that caused the biggest headache…
…but SEH Commercial turned it around very quickly for us.
They have been very efficient. Put it this way, I haven’t had to worry about them and their housekeeping has been good as well,