We were delighted to secure this excellent Education project for a new lecture and performance theatre at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS).
Meeting the Client Brief
The building, which is an extension to the existing Sixth Form Centre, includes:
The new auditorium serves as a performance space for music and drama students. Also as a venue for lectures and speaking events. Additionally, as a display area for exhibitions and a community space for local groups and performers.
Energy-efficient, Sustainable Construction
The double height extension was constructed using Durisol Woodcrete ICF blocks, a specialised system made from recycled woodchips. ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) offers phenomenal acoustic benefits, so it was the obvious choice for the main wall construction. Highly-insulated, the wall system provides a u-value of only 0.15.
The finely engineered cold-rolled roof structure has Kingspan Topdeck cladding over an acoustic liner panel arrangement. The auditorium features a pre-cast concrete terrace system, which was craned into place prior to roof installation. Overall, these are sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to traditional methods of construction.
A Passivent natural ventilation system maintains a refreshing, low-moisture, atmosphere throughout the building. In combination with the excellent insulation levels, this system allows the building temperature to be comfortably controlled year round.
Construction of the project was undertaken in 8 months.
Services Provided: Design and Build, Groundworks, Construction, Steel Frame Building, Fit Out
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