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fermacell dry lining board used for Allen Edwards Primary School

fermacell dry lining: Allen Edwards Primary School

Project: Allen Edwards School
Client: Clapham and Larkhall Collaborative
Architect: Lee Evans Partnership
Main Contractor: Galliford Try
Sub Contractor: MiddleSex Ltd
Sector: Education

Located in Stockwell, London , the new 2FE school replaced the existing Allen Edwards Primary school building in a bid to revitalise the grounds and surrounding region with a modern school. Key drivers of the proposal were to provide a legible, well organised layout, and condense the footprint, whilst expanding the playground area.

Logistical challenges include working in Central London and the diversion of traffic.

The design team were looking for ways to speed up the build time whilst not compromising on quality. fermacell®  partitions offer the speed of drywall with the robustness of blockwork, saving time, money & space, as they can be installed before the building enveloped is fully closed. This had a positive impact on program time estimated to be over 5 weeks for Allen Edwards Primary School.


Due to the high performance of fermacell® board, layers can be reduced in order to meet the fire & acoustic requirements helping to simplify management on site. Another major benefit of utilising 12.5 mm fermacell is its direct hanging weight capability of up to 150kg per linear metre, which reduced the need for ply patresss and allowed for a high degree of flexibility for classroom layouts.The reduction in board layers further add to the install speed and the reduction in wall thickness added to the teaching space.

The sports hall which was originally specified as blockwork could also be replaced with fermacell®  fibre gypsum board due to its durability, impact resistance and low maintenance, this simplifies the design and creates more space by narrowing the width of the walls. This not only helped with speed of the build but also had a very positive impact on carbon reduction as fermacell is manufactured from recycled gypsum, water & wood fibres.


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