Following on from its relocation and merger into one all-purpose facility at the start of the academic year, Kenilworth School and Sixth Form is benefitting from the decision by Glancy Nicholls Architects and contractor Morgan Sindall to specify specialist boarding for the ceilings and walls in its new sports hall.

Part of a range of products by James Hardie, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of building materials, fermacell® is a fibre gypsum board which provides superior fire resistance, acoustic performance and impact strength. This high-density board simplified the design of the sports hall and created more space by narrowing the width of the walls.  This not only helped with the speed of the build but also had a positive impact on carbon reduction as fermacell® is manufactured from recycled gypsum, water and wood fibres.

The new sports hall is a major part of the new Kenilworth School & Sixth Form which is one of the largest schools constructed in the UK, with a three-story campus with 2,200 places on offer, a 25% increase, helping Kenilworth to cater for its growing population.

Chris Winwood, Commercial Sales Manager at James Hardie commented: “As well as impact resistance and fire performance the exceptional acoustic ratings of fermacell® means the sports hall can be used with complete confidence, and without disturbing other areas of the school. It has been extensively used in the Education sector, as it offers the robustness of blockwork with the speed and install of drywall, saving time, money and space making it ideal for modern school environments.”

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