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Dukeries Academy completes exciting rebrand

The academy was transformed during term time with the help of Cladding Coatings

Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 26, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Increasingly, secondary schools and academies are looking to update their buildings’ exteriors to project an image that reflects a professional, modern, and successful ethos. This year, specialist contractor, Cladding Coatings have completed the external refurbishment, rebranding and renovation of the Dukeries Academy in Nottinghamshire during an extensive period of bespoke works.

Delivering the best environment for students 

The Academy Transformation Trust approached Cladding Coatings when it became clear that the existing, 1960’s built, education complex was not projecting the correct external image of the academy. Not only was a refurbishment of the buildings and facilities required to deliver the best environment for both students and staff, the Trust was also aware that the new look needed to apply to the academy as a whole; therefore, they knew that complete rebranding was necessary. Work commenced at the Nottinghamshire site in summer 2016.

Full regeneration of the academy’s facilities was required to promote its image as a successful, proactive, and safe working environment for students and staff alike. Therefore, the project comprised not only refurbishment construction works, but also a full rebrand of the academy’s image. This included a fully revised colour scheme, which in turn formed the basis for the new logo, to ensure that the academy’s professional and successful image was reflected from the outset.

To ensure brand cohesion academy-wide, before beginning work on-site Cladding Coatings developed visual mock-ups – at no further cost to the client - of the rebrand and refurbishment. This allowed the Trust to fully visualise the results of the project to be certain they were fully satisfied before the work began. In addition to the digital mock-ups, on-site samples were also provided for approval, this also allowed testing of the chosen coating system.

The upmost importance was given to the project not affecting the operations of the Academy and also ensuring the safety of both the operatives and students alike. Detailed site specific risk assessments and method statements where created and all operatives had DBS checks to ensure everybody was suitable to work around vulnerable groups.

Refurbishment without disruption 

'We have worked closely with Cladding Coatings to undertake a transformational piece of work addressing an outdated secondary academy with a particularly tired external building fabric. We worked closely with Mike and his team throughout an extremely easy design process which enabled the academy to view different colour options and paint specification prior to agreeing the final brief. We found the service from concept through to carrying out the works in a live school very valuable which had little impact on the academy itself,” said Edward Thomas, Estates Director at Academy Transformation Trust, about the work carried out by Cladding Coatings.

Extensive projects of this nature require a team with widespread experience, as with an ageing property issues can arise that need attention such as when the refurbishment team encountered rotten wooden weatherboards on site. These needed replacing, so the team were able to removed the existing rotten boards and install Cedral weatherboards in their place. Cedral weatherboard is an external cladding, with the visual appearance of natural timber. However, unlike timber itself, Cedral weatherboard has excellent resistance to rotting, making it a clear choice for durability, and it is classified to stringently-regulated fire performance standards: an essential property for school buildings. Furthermore, it is quick to install, ensuring that the unexpected discovery of the rotten wooden weatherboards did not hinder the contractor’s ability to complete the project on time.

With a broad scheme of works affecting all areas of the academy, it was necessary that the project was completed during school term time. Therefore, it was vital that the work did not have any negative impact on the students’ learning. The Trust and the contractor, thoroughly and carefully coordinated the works to ensure that the academy’s day-to-day operations were not affected by the project, and all classes could proceed as normal.

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