The Rose building teaching block, Ralph Allen school, Bath
Design and performance within a strict budget
Dubbed an ‘austerity build’ by architects Feilden Fowles, the Rose Building is an example of how good design and performance can be delivered within a state education budget. VELFAC windows and doors feature across the build, used to deliver excellent insulation while also supporting a natural ventilation strategy. The contemporary design of the VELFAC system also features slim sightlines, used to maximise natural light throughout the interior, while the versatile composite aluminium / pine frame construction ensures a highly durable and low maintenance finish.
‘The VELFAC 54mm frame was the slimmest composite window we found,’ comments Fergus Feilden, partner at architects Feilden Fowles (and also a former pupil of the Ralph Allen School). ‘The composite design offers a robust exterior and timber frame interior, and the options available for sizes, opening types and finishes was also very attractive.’
The contemporary styling of the VELFAC frame was ideal for a building clad in both timber and composite panels, and which also features a ‘theatrical’ bright red stairway: ‘We chose a dark grey gloss exterior to tie in with the colour scheme implemented across the rest of the School,’ explains Fergus, adding ‘this also contrasts with the light coloured Bath stone and natural timber hues.’
Award winning design
The Rose Building received an LABC Award for Design Quality in B&NES in recognition for its excellent design and outstanding value for money, also being highly commended for Building Quality. VELFAC glazing now features increasingly in education buildings of all types, specified for its durability and performance, and its cost effectiveness, measured by excellent energy efficiency and low maintenance design.