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KingZIP In Major PFI Sschools Initiative

Kingspan Insulated Panels is making a valuable contribution to a £120 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in Bristol.

The work in Bristol is being carried out for HBG to rebuild and maintain four schools in the city. Kingspan’s Kingzip roofing system is being used on three of the schools at Henbury, Portway and Bedminster Down together with KS1000 FL-S to the high-level clerestory areas and KS1000 LongSpan to the wall cladding on the leisure building on the Henbury school project.

Martin Oubridge, HBG Construction’s design manager for the Henbury project, says: “We chose Kingzip because it has a high resistance to foot traffic, satisfied the acoustic requirements of BB93, and dramatically reduces the build time.”

The new Henbury school will include a leisure complex featuring a state-of-the-art swimming pool, dance studio, sports hall and fitness suite. The roof to the sports hall is curved to a 150-metre radius and the Kingzip system was fitted to a perforated aluminium structural deck, spanning rafter to rafter within the swimming pool. This provided a clean, crisp finish and satisfied the acoustical needs of the school’s facilities by providing for both sound absorption and reduction. The Kingzip system also provided an ideal solution to the problems generated by high-humidity atmospheres within the swimming pool environment. Bristol is one of just four cities to benefit from a share of £290 million in funding in a programme that sees education authorities form joint venture companies with private sector firms.

Of the 12 new secondary schools due to be built in Bristol by 2010, eight are under the PFI.

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