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St Helen's Catholic School doubles capacity with extension

The school's extension was designed by local architects SK Architects

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 10, 2017 | Interiors

St Helen’s Catholic School in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex has added a first floor extension six new classrooms, a studio and a central breakout area, more than doubling the school’s capacity.

The expansion was designed by local architects SK Architects and used brightly-coloured Rosso high pressure laminate from Abet Laminati.

Specialist furniture manufacturer Benchmark FF&E Solutions created the scallop-shaped wash and utility stations, which were moulded around yellow columns housing sunpipes. 

Abet’s bright red Rosso colour in a high gloss HR-LAQ finish was used to clad the sides of the stations, while compact grade was placed on the top. The compact grade on the surface was routered out to allow for under cabinet sinks and drainage lines to be created.

Abet Laminati’s compact grade High Pressure Laminates is also used for other types of heavy duty application, such as lockers, table tops, vanity units and cubicles. Their finish provides a tactile, hardwearing and attractive surface and is resistant to impact, scratches and abrasion.

The compact grade’s solid core construction in 6mm, 10mm or 12mm thickness makes it popular for areas prone to high moisture and humidity, such as leisure centres, swimming pools and changing rooms, because there is no risk of peeling, cracking or delamination. The fully self-supporting boards are also easy to work with for cutting and fabrication.

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