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Sporting future
The Grange School, Cheshire has won planning consent for a new 2500 square metre Sports Centre. Construction work will begin on the £6m scheme in July 2017 with the new facilities fully completed for September 2018.
The new Grange Sports Centre will provide a high level facility including premier netball, badminton, football, and basketball courts. Other facilities will include an area tailored
for activities such as yoga,
dance, gymnastics and aerobics,
a dedicated area for rowing machines and free weights, an external climbing wall and bespoke classroom facilities. As part of
the build there will also be a new multi-use games area for sports such as netball and tennis, which will be fully  oodlit and laid with a high performance surface. New changing and catering facilities
have been incorporated into the design which will further enhance the user-experience.
Sport and exercise is an integral part of a Grange education both within the curriculum and as
part of an extensive enrichment offering. In recent years the
school has enjoyed considerable national success in netball, hockey, rowing and athletics, whilst also encouraging participation at all levels of sport for general  tness and wellbeing.
This fantastic new facility
will encourage even greater participation in sport and the development of a healthy and active lifestyle for all. It will also act as a home for the school’s elite performers and, no doubt,
a springboard to further sporting success at the highest levels for many years to come.
Fencing solutions for latest developments
Jacksons Fencing was commissioned to supply and install security fencing around two perimeters at Bickley
Park School, London. The school site consists of a mix
of listed buildings and newer contemporary facilities, all set in attractive grounds. The modern structures include a purpose- built nursery, with strong environmental credentials, and a new multi-purpose astro pitch, to complement the existing sports facilities.
The eco nursery features modern, airy classrooms  lled with natural daylight; an outdoor covered decking area and an additional natural outdoor environment to promote free- ow indoor/ outdoor learning. Jacksons
Anti Trap Bow Top fencing was installed around the nursery site perimeter to provide a visible layer of security that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye and sensitively  tted to lessen the impact on the area’s main occupants; very young children,
as well as to complement the surrounding natural habitat.
Samik Patel, Director of School Development at Bickley Park School, comments: “I was very impressed by the level of service Jacksons provided from the start of the project to completion and handover. All of the departments that I dealt with were professional and courteous at all times. The installation team were excellent and worked alongside other contractors
to ensure that the project was delivered on time and to a high standard.”
Jacksons EuroGuard® Flatform welded mesh fences and gates were installed to protect the school’s new astro pitch. The main requirement here was for a durable and secure solution that would prevent unauthorised entry during out of school hours, as well as protect people, buildings and equipment outside of the perimeter from harm as a result of stray football balls, for example.
www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk
Vibrant identity with energy ef cient rainscreen cladding
When Ellis Williams Architects (EWA) were appointed to undertake the design of Barrow Hall Primary School, they consulted with the school and local authorities to develop a design that avoided the pitfalls of existing building stock.
With consideration to occupant comfort and the energy ef ciencies, EWA speci ed VIVIX® by Formica Group for the rainscreen cladding. The application of VIVIX panels to
the exterior helped meet the brief for the build to incorporate minimal mechanical ventilation, while also establishing a distinctive aesthetic character for the school buildings.
VIVIX panels offer multiple moisture shedding pathways so that buildings stay dry and well- insulated. When used as part of a rainscreen ventilated system, VIVIX panels can contribute to a building’s thermal ef ciency.
Tel: 0191 259 3512
www.formica.com
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