Holland Park School
Located between Kensington and Notting Hill, Holland Park School is seen as one of the best state schools in London. However, one of the biggest threats to its reputation was the condition of the older buildings, so the school decided to consolidate all the existing school buildings and facilities into a brand new purpose-built structure.
Planet put forward a proposal for all the interior glazing and partitioning, including the atrium, classrooms, library, sixth-form areas, gymnasium and doors.
On confirmation of costs, primary contractor Shepherd Construction commissioned Planet Partitioning to undertake the interior glazing installation project for this highly prestigious project.
Planet Partitioning used p100 demountable double-glazed screens for all the classroom frontages and set black laminated timber classroom doors and, for the offices, 30-minute fire-rated glass doors into Planet Partitioning white aluminium slimline door frames. This ensures a striking and seamless appearance throughout, and achieves an acoustic performance of 54dB Rw with double glazing.
p20 single-glazed demountable partitioning features in the library and sixth form, which includes a gap between each panel of glass, as an aesthetic feature to complement the internal atrium glazing. For the few rooms where space was limited, Planet Partitioning installed its Eclipse sliding doors. At the heart of the school, a central atrium links the different classrooms and offices. This creates an uplifting environment for students and staff. Planet Architectural Glass’s in-house design team worked with Aedas to make sure the angled atrium glass used throughout all seven levels was in line with the design intent. And that the detailing of the bespoke atrium glazing solution satisfied the relevant criteria.
Work began in 2010 and took around 15 months. The new Holland Park Building opened on 19 November 2012 and is a magnificent piece of modern architecture full to the brim with the most up-to-date learning resources.
One of the key challenges was bolting the atrium glazing to the steel work. Aedas wanted to ensure a seamless and minimal look and feel, using stainless steel pig-nose bolts, so each piece of glass and bolt position had to be millimetre perfect. Planet Partitioning’s in-house design team engineered a clever solution to achieve this. As a result, the glass in the atrium ensures the extensive new facilities are visible and accessible, with learning on show.
An onsite impact test was also carried out on the atrium glazing confirming the suitability of the atrium solution. For the classroom partitioning, Planet Partitioning’s unique vertex glass dry-joint creates a narrow and virtually invisible, seamless finish.
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