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Education Nottingham Academy will be the country’s largest school Tentirely framed in steel school structure’s pitched roofs.he Bulwell Academy, another The Bulwell Academy also been conveniently secreted into the project comprises a 13m × 23m main hall, Hsteelwork for other academies,aving successfully completed theNottingham Academyproject, is divided into eight blockswhich form an E-shape in plan. The a 35m × 18m sports hall, a library, a dining Caunton were subsequently area, with the remaining blocks consisting of awarded the contract to erect classrooms on two levels, connected at first structural steelwork for a third project, a floor by outside walkways. unique institution which is set to be the Chris Pembridge, Regional Director for largest school in the UK, with more than Atkins, says the decision to use steel was 3,500 pupils. again contractor driven and based on the Sponsored by the Greenwood Dale need for a quick construction. “Steel framed Foundation Trust, Nottingham Academy will buildings are erected quickly and efficiently cater for pupils aged 3 to 19 years old. and this is important when the overall The overall project consists of three main programme is tight.” zones housing secondary, primary and Impression of the completed Bulwell Academy Atkins designed the project’s steelwork nursery schools. The main secondary school while Caunton designed the connections consists of a two-storey faceted circular and erected the steelwork during the Spring structure with an open central courtyard. of 2009. “All of our steel erection had to be Harry Stock, Associate at Price & Myers, coordinated around other on-site trades,” says: “This sector is roughly doughnut- comments Adrian Downing, Caunton shaped. Because of this shape and the large Contracts Manager. amount of angles the grid is very irregular The structures consist of a mix of and for stability the structure required traditional beam and column, and portal numerous moment frames as there are a lot Bulwell Academy consists of frames for the main hall and sports hall. of open areas.” eight steel framed blocks All of the school’s eight blocks are linked Cross bracing has also been used and with a number of moment joints isolating predominantly located in corridor walls, individual zones. while external bracing has been placed in “Using portalised steel frames also blockwork areas. provided us with the desired longer spans for Attached to the circular structure is a long the halls,” comments Mr Pembridge. rectangular block which curves inwards by Stability is provided by bracing 45 degrees halfway along its length. Housing positioned in corridor walls and windowless the primary and infant schools, this section bays. is mostly single storey. The majority of the blocks have pitched The project features a number of roofs with the classroom blocks’ roofs sustainable features such as rainwater covered with sedum to prevent excessive harvesting, a green roof over some of the rainwater run-off and adding a green single-storey elements, and a biomass boiler. Sustainability and speed of sustainable benefit to the project’s design. To find out more about the Nottingham erection both played key roles in the decision to specify steel Some of the school’s plant areas have LEP visit www.nottinghambsf.co.uk for Nottingham Academy October 10 15NSC


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