Wade Deacon High School, Widnes
Window Reveals, Cladding Panels & Roof-Edge System
An exciting new development at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes is nearing completion (April 2013). More than an extension, it is in effect a new school grafted on to the back of the existing 1930s structure. The historic original school and its elegant facade have been kept intact, so that the aspect from the main entrance remains unchanged. However, the much larger new-build provides substantial new, state-of-the-art facilities at the rear, including a 500-seat auditorium, a 6-court sports hall and new teaching accommodation.
Working with the main contractor, Vinci, and the roofing contractor, MAC Roofing, on a design by architects Sheppard Robson, JWD manufactured, powder-coated and installed window reveals, cladding panels between windows and a roof-edge system.
The window reveals are a key feature in the look of the structure. At ground level they are green; on the top level they are blue; and on the intermediate floor they are turquoise, creating a kind of cool rainbow effect as the eye travels up the building. The roof-edge and cladding system are finished in a dark grey, creating a complementary backcloth to set off the pale brickwork and brighter colours of the window reveals.
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