Meadowside

About the project

ARCHITECT: Jacobs Northallerton

MAIN CONTRACTOR: F Parkinson Ltd Blackpool

PROJECT TYPE: School Extension

PRODUCTS: 142mm SIPs Walls and Roof with Glulam supports

SipBuild UK manufactured and built a new classroom and series of extensions at Meadowside Primary School in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, in just five weeks using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs).

Meadowside needed to increase the capacity of its classrooms to meet the demand for places created by the credit crunch baby-boom without disrupting term-time activities.

This challenge was an ideal project for Castleford-based SipBuild UK, which was on site within five weeks and had built an entirely new classroom within five days. This allowed other contractors to get on site and complete the roofing, rendering, wiring and plumbing without disrupting the school calendar.

Extensions to existing buildings, to provide integral cloakroom and toilet facilities for each year, were completed over a further four build periods as the classrooms became available around the school holidays.

Pre-fabricated SIPs were an effective way to increase classroom capacity quickly while ensuring a quality build and reducing heating bills.

The required thermal value of the external fabric was reduced, which means the design insulation requirement was exceeded through SipBuild UK’s work. And the classrooms were colour co-ordinated using a shot through render system fixed onto battens and the SIPs wall panels.