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Architect: Stewart MacLachlan
Newham Council selected Formica Group’s VIVIX® exterior façade panels to structurally re-clad Scott Wilkie Nursery in the London Borough of Newham.
The exterior of the nursery had lost its lustre over time and required an aesthetically pleasing, robust and cost effective façade to bring it back to life.
Stewart MacLachlan, RIBA MSc architect for the in-house technical team for the London Borough of Newham, undertook the renovation and explains: "The borough was keen to give the school a much needed facelift and to improve the front of house appearance. The colour palette was chosen by the school, and since the façade was specified for a nursery, it needed to be bright and welcoming. We installed 8mm VIVIX panels in Spectrum Blue and complemented it with accent panels of Spectrum Yellow".
As well as the aesthetics of the VIVIX® panels, the sustainability credentials of the materials were a further influencing factor. Stewart continues: "It was imperative the panels were resistant to impact, abrasion and the elements, and that they were easy to maintain. This is what attracted us to use VIVIX panels as an external cladding".
"Using timber as a material requires regular maintenance, and metal is an expensive format whereby the thin sheets are prone to dent, so I was looking for an acceptable alternative that was aesthetically pleasing. Working for the council it is essential budgets are met but without compromising on quality; we approach refurbishment with an eye on longevity".
VIVIX® panels manage moisture by means of an air cavity between the inner structure and outer cladding, effectively keeping the building dry, insulated and more energy efficient. Stewart adds: "Knowing VIVIX panels provide insulation was certainly a factor in their selection. It’s also convenient that the panels are simple to overlay and cost-effective".
Compatible with a variety of fixing systems, from simple timber battens to proprietary metal systems, VIVIX® panels are manufactured with renovation requirements in mind. Available in 6, 8 and 10mm thicknesses, the panels can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes and can also be field modified as needed.