Formica Group brings a vibrant identity to a school with energy efficient rainscreen cladding

When Ellis Williams Architects (EWA) were appointed to undertake the design of Barrow Hall Primary School, they consulted with the school and local authorities to develop a design that avoided the pitfalls of existing building stock.

With consideration to occupant comfort and energy efficiencies, EWA specified VIVIX® by Formica Group for the rainscreen cladding. The application of VIVIX panels to the exterior helped meet the brief for the build to incorporate minimal mechanical ventilation; while also establishing a distinctive aesthetic character for the school buildings.

The former Barrow Hall Primary School occupied buildings which were considered by the Council to be in poor condition. For the new build it was imperative that consideration be given to good design that limits future maintenance costs. The durable properties of VIVIX panels offers a rainscreen cladding solution that is easy to clean and one that will maintain its aesthetic

regardless of weather conditions or exposure to UV rays. Should the material need to be replaced, its lightweight nature and ease of application means less disruption to the running of the school.

Made in Britain, VIVIX® panels for Barrow Hall Primary School were manufactured by Formica Group at its UK manufacturing plant, reducing on material transportation and the overall project carbon footprint.