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Timber Frame - School

Rogiet Primary School

The design intention is to have a school that is of sustainable design and construction achieving BREAM Excellent status.

Rogiet Primary School is the sixth school to be build by Willmott Dixon since Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) awarded them a five-year framework contract in 2005 as part of the Authority’s Education Strategic Review.

White Design had already supplied sustainability advice for the glulam frames at two previous Willmott / MCC projects (Kymin View Primary School and Llanfoist County Primary School).

 Rob O’Dwyer, deputy head of property services at MCC says. “We were obviously keen to implement a sustainable strategy and were keen to use as many natural products as possible. Secondly glulam is good on the BREEAM scoring matrix.”

 MCC’s demands on sustainability initially led White Design to search for a UK-based manufacturer and supplier of glulam. However after being unable to find any, they imported the glulam through Danish supplier Lilleheden. “Their expertise is very good and they worked very closely with us and the engineers. They are able to create the large spans we need.”

 White Design Senior architect Nick James says glulam is not prone to the cold bridging you would normally experience with steel. “Thermally it is very good,” says James. “You are not going to get the condensation you’d get from using a steel beam that’s going from inside the school to outside.”


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