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The buildings were constructed in the mid-1970s using the SCOLAsystem on a fully concealed steel frame with concrete floors and externally clad in a concrete block external skin with aluminium curtain wall infills. The project comprised insulated aluminium overcladding and replacement windows to two two-storey buildings with projecting bays to the upper floor. Additional works undertaken included asbestos removal, removal and re-instatement of signage, bitumen paint treatment to blockwork below dpc, replacement of existing canopy to one elevation with a new extended canopy, replacement of fire escape doors and replacement of an existing glazed external porch.
This refurbishment project is believed to be one of the first of its kind, wherein a building of SCOLA construction has been overclad rather than re-clad. Overcladding offers significant advantages, not least of which is that the project can be undertaken and completed whilst the building is fully occupied and with minimal disruption to building users, as was achieved at St Vincent College.
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