A contemporary mix of brick and Rockpanel elevations
The building has distinct blocks or areas delineated by the materials used. Brick elevations feature an attractive band of projecting brick headers between the storeys, which lines through perfectly with the Metals ‘Steel’ surface design panels used on other rainscreen-clad facades, which shimmer in the light, arranged in a stretcher bond pattern to echo the adjacent brick. A contemporary paired back aesthetic is achieved, further enhanced by the use of minimalist grey framed windows and doorways.
Contract Manager Jake Betts of main contractor R G Carter, commented, "We're extremely proud to have played a part in this exciting development. We would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in delivering this creative learning environment and look forward to seeing the positive and lasting impact it will have on children, teachers, parents and the local community for many years to come."
Award winning A2O Cladding were responsible for installation of the external facades. A2O Pre-Construction Manager William Carter, “We were instructed to supply and install the support and panels for the Rockpanel rainscreen fixed back to a steel framing system. The project went well on quite a tight programme thanks to their short lead-in times. Using Rockpanel was a good experience, with most panels ordered to size and some full sheets supplied for on-site adjustment...”
Rock-solid creative freedom
The breadth of design options available across the Rockpanel ranges allow designers and specifiers complete creative freedom. The panels derive their unique properties from the core of stone wool used in the manufacturing process. Bonded with an organic binder it delivers a non-combustible facade which is virtually maintenance-free and insensitive to moisture and temperature changes. The facades at Grace Cook were treated with our specialist ProtectPlus coating to further protect them from the elements and ensure they look as good as the day they were installed for decades to come.
Headteacher Richard Dedicoat, "It has been an exciting journey working alongside R G Carter, Concertus and Suffolk County Council to finally open Grace Cook Primary School and Nursery. We aim to capture the interest and imagination of our pupils and inspire them to aim high, keep trying and never give up. Dream it, believe it, achieve it."