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B&K Structures Provides PEFC Certified Timber to Wiltshire-Based Wellington Academy

BK_Structures_-_medArchitects and contractors working on the extension of the Wiltshire-based Wellington Academy sought the services of building specialists B&K Structures and their PEFC certified timber to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly structure.

The Wellington Academy is an institution for secondary education with 1,150 students aged 11 to 18 years. In addition to a 350-seat theatre, the Academy has business, enterprise, and design and technology facilities. It also has a separate boarding house constructed from highly engineered timber.

In their decision about where to source the materials for this extension, Architects BDP and Contractors Kier Moss, sought the services of B&K Structures. This choice was driven by the fact that B&K Structures has developed products from sustainable PEFC-certified wood sources that take wood engineering to a whole new level. B&K Structures has integrated different materials to create new hybrid building materials, including Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and acoustic cassette floors. Thanks to the use of these materials in the building project, Wellington Academy will become an excellent example of sustainability within the education sector.

Andrew Deeprose, Design Co-ordinator for Kier Moss comments: "The architects and the academy were keen to ensure the building would be environmentally friendly. So sustainability was a key consideration on this project, and it was important when looking at sub-contractors to combine this with competitive pricing."

Giles Blight, Architect for BDP, who were employed by Kier, required a structure with the environmental benefits of sustainably sourced timber and the strength and integrity of steel, to be delivered on time and on budget. Combining all these attributes, the hybrid structure from B&K Structures was the ideal solution.

In the academy building itself, the progressive design incorporates natural ventilation and maximises the use of engineered glulam beams and columns. In addition, an xlam roof forms the central hub space of the atrium.

The separate boarding house, meanwhile, features a timber frame, made from CLT structural walls and ceilings, and cassette floors. Together with this, exposed glulam structural feature columns support a steel cantilever to a glazed roof. In a three-storey boarding house facility such as this, where groups of students are regularly moving from room to room, noise reduction is an important consideration.

Explaining how the floors were installed, Giles Blight comments: "Due to their acoustic and insulation properties, the cassette floors were key to the design." Delivery took place on time, and while the overall job took longer than expected, B&K Structures was adept at ensuring that there was no knock-on effect from one zone to the next and the team was able to construct each area independently of the next. Located adjacent to the existing Wellington Academy, the new buildings will provide a modern replacement for the outdated facilities and meet the needs of future students and staff.


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