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Specialist building board manufacturer fermacell will debut its schools offer for new-build and refurbishment projects at this year’s Education Estates event (October 18-19, Manchester Central).
Its stand (E17) will demonstrate the many ways in which German-engineered fermacell partitions are especially ideal for the education environment, being particularly robust and damage resistant. Even if they are damaged, they are exceptionally easy to repair.
With this in mind, fermacell is using the Education Estates exhibition, conference and award dinner event to launch its new lifetime "Impact Warranty" which guarantees fermacell will supply repair materials or replacement boards in the extremely unlikely event of damage.
In addition, the multiple acoustic and fire requirements as specified in BB100 and BB93 can be met with just six fermacell partition types, simplifying the specification and installation of the product. This compares to many more combinations with conventional drywall systems
Due to their density, partitions made from fermacell generally do not require pattressing when attaching fixtures and fittings such as wipe boards and TV screens which means that they are much more cost effective and flexible than conventional drywall.
It was the boards’ excellent load-bearing properties which got them specified by specialist timber frame manufacturer Scotts of Thrapston for a start in a new sector.
Scotts in Northamptonshire have 95 years’ expertise in the equestrian and garden buildings sector but recently decided to try and break into the education sector by supplying modular classroom buildings.
They specified 153 of fermacell’s 1200mm x 2400mm x 12.5mm boards for their first such project, Weldon Church of England Primary School, in their home county, and have not looked back since, also using fermacell for another school and an office building.
The fermacell panels were used to line the walls and ceilings of a £175,000 replacement for a 20-year-old modular building including a classroom, group room, lobby, toilets and storeroom.
fermacell boards have also been or are being used at Redbridge and Bank View Schools in Liverpool, Ellon Academy in Aberdeen, Civitas Academy in Reading, Lane End School in Highgate, London, Harrogate High School and the University of Nottingham’s sustainable chemistry building.
fermacell systems are now also available through bimstore. Downloadable in the Revit format, more than 30 Fermacell systems for walls, floors and ceilings can be accessed via the UK’s largest BIM portal, www.bimstore.co.uk, as well as through www.fermacell.co.uk. The fermacell BIM components include steel and timber stud partitions, steel and timber wall linings and SFS wall systems as well as dry floor screed and steel frame and timber ceilings.
This BIM capability is complemented by a “Modern construction needs modern materials” CPD which explains how fermacell is made, how it conforms to relevant standards, where it can typically be used, what product options are available, and its performance characteristics and installation process.