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Education NSC 25 July/Aug 16 decking flooring and gains its stability from discreetly placed K-bracing, mostly positioned in partition walls. The K-bracing consists of hollow sections that also support the building’s cladding, thereby creating a reduced wall thickness and flush internal walls. This has also created a cost saving as the building has a reduced footprint that in turn equals less materials. The building’s internal make-up consists of classrooms arranged around the upper two floors, with each floor containing a circulation route that wraps around an internal atrium. A link bridge crosses the atrium at the top level, adding architecturally to the design and providing extra circulation. “This link bridge, as well as the one spanning between the new build and the existing school, would have been too heavy if we hadn’t gone for a steel design,” adds Mr Savile. The ground floor of the new building will also house some teaching space, along with a dinner/canteen area and a performance space with terraced seating occupying the open column-free space within the atrium. Three roof lights positioned in the atrium’s ceiling will allow plenty of natural daylight to flood into the ground floor and the inner parts of the school. The new extension will be fully occupied at the beginning of the New Year and Willmott Dixon will then start refurbishing the existing school buildings and creating new playing fields, with the entire project due for completion in September 2017. Prior to the steel erection programme getting under way, students from Ysgol Glan Clwyd were given a unique first-hand experience when they visited the EvadX facility near Rhyl. They saw the production of the steel frame that has formed the structure of the school’s brand new teaching accommodation. A total of 21 pupils were able to see the fabrication process, from the detailed design and creation of the 3D model within Evadx’s drawing office, to the CNC machinery in the factory, to the planning for the delivery and erection of the steel frame. EvadX also gave pupils an insight and view of the industry, informing students of the apprenticeship opportunities in the industry and specifically in relation to EvadX. The visit was extremely fruitful for one student. Morgan Davies was so impressed by what he saw he immediately applied to be taken on as an apprentice in the EvadX drawing office. He starts his new career at EvadX later this year and the company has also enrolled him in a specialist training course at Stafford College. EvadX Managing Director Simon Adams said: “It was great to have the pupils visit the EvadX factory. It has allowed them to appreciate the processes involved in the production of the steel frame.” Assistant Head teacher of Ysgol Glan Clwyd John Evans added: “It was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to experience the production of the steel frame. “It is important for pupils to have an understanding of what is involved and visits such as this puts into perspective the work they do in lessons.” Interestingly, Morgan will not be the first pupil from Ysgol Glan Clwyd to work at EvadX, the company’s Quality Manager Robert Evans, previously went to the school. Student visit The new three-storey teaching block A performance space with terraced seating will occupy part of the atrium Exterior and interior visualisations of the new school


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