London Borough of Southwark is undertaking an ambitious school building programme – and now boasts a collection of contemporary education buildings designed by prominent architects. Bellenden Primary School – opened in Peckham Rye at the end of 2017 – is the latest in a long line of schools that Cottrell and Vermuelen has completed for the borough – and one of many new build schools to use our integral finger guards.
Occupying an island site surrounded by Victorian terraces, the school uses large colourful panels to create a vibrant and friendly appeal when viewed from the nearby streets or the playground.
Because of the borough’s strategy of using best in class products and reducing future maintenance costs, our integral finger guards have been used in many of their schools – and Bellenden Primary School is no exception. Our integral finger guards last the lifetime of the door, and save £500-£1,000 compared to plastic finger guards.
Featured in the Architects' Journal, Bellenden Primary School is commended as "light, bright, straightforwardly organised and carefully detailed".
The new school was built to cater for increasing pupil numbers, expanding to two form entry. The two classrooms for each form are located beside each other, separated by a staircase giving access to the central courtyard. As well as doubling the pupil numbers, there is also a reception and nursery class.
The architect and borough wanted a finger guard that would blend in discreetly but, most importantly, keep fingers safe in this bigger school. Our integral finger guard designs out the problem of trapped fingers because the gap between the door and frame remains a constant 2mm –too small for little fingers to be trapped.
Having grown frustrated with the lack of durability with plastic finger guards, Caerphilly Local Education Authority requested our integral finger guards. The discrete design blended seamlessly with the school environment whilst also increasing durability.
Worcesters Primary School initially requested 20 integral finger guards as part of an extension. They were so happy with the quality and sleek aluminium finish that, the following year, they ordered 80 retrofit surface-mounted finger guards for the existing building.
Lancasterian Sen School approached us as wheelchair damage was causing plastic finger guards to split or tear within weeks. We supplied our extreme duty finger guard (Alufast) as the solid aluminium construction would keep fingers safe and protect doors from damage.
Keen to create a 'home away from home' environment, Ronald McDonald Charity required finger guards that were discreet and unobtrusive. That's why they chose our integral finger guards, blending seamlessly into the environment, whilst also increasing safety and durability.
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