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Staff and students onsite at Burlington Danes

Raising the roof at Burlington Danes Academy

Medite donates 60 sheets of external sheathing panel to 'Schoolhouse Project' at Burlington Danes Academy

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 18, 2015 | Outdoors

A team of staff and students has built a fully functioning timber house on an academy’s grounds in West London.

Designed by architect Roderick James, working closely with The Ark Foundation, the project forms part of an ambitious scheme to improve pupils’ practical skills and boost self-esteem. It offered 20 students the opportunity to learn about carpentry, plumbing, roofing, insulation, sustainability and other key elements of the building trade. 

As well as financial grants and cash donations, the project relied upon material donations from across the construction industry from rooflights and insulation, to power tools, scaffolding and wood panels. Under the supervision of a skilled and knowledgeable team of professionals, students gained a wealth of valuable hands-on experience, which included how to handle, cut and install 60 sheets of Medite Vent.  

The roofing in progress

“Pupils were handling the boards on site so the clean, lightweight and easy to handle Medite Vent proved ideal for the roofing application,” said Franc Farci, Project Manager. “As an educational construction site, the project has helped to show pupils how every single building component makes a difference to the performance of the whole building fabric.” 

Manufactured from FSC® timber from the company’s own forests, Medite Vent boasts FSC Chain of Custody certification. It is also manufactured using zero-added formaldehyde and carries the CE mark in accordance with EN 13986 – making it a sustainable, reliable and high performance choice for low energy construction projects.

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