Two storey teaching block with offices and kitchen at Balcarras School
The High School Leckhampton, is a brand new co-educational comprehensive school that will serve south Cheltenham. It is being built to cater for an expansion in pupil numbers at secondary level in the area. The school has been commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council but is being “sponsored” and developed by Balcarras. TG Escapes were appointed to provide a stand-alone modular eco-building to accommodate the schools’ intake in time for September 2021. The project was overseen by Evans Jones.
Why did you want to develop additional space?
To provide accommodation for The High School Leckhampton as their new school had been delayed from opening for 12 months.
What made TG Escapes stand out from other providers?
Balance of cost, detail and understanding our requirements.
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The environmentally superior roofing is Alwitra Evalon supplied by ICB. It is a superior single-ply membrane as it is formed from EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate). Unlike PVC-P products, Evalon contains no volatile plasticiser and therefore is immune to plasticiser migration so not prone to shrinking or becoming brittle over time.
This makes Evalon more environmentally friendly as plasticisers leach out of PVC-P products inevitably getting into the water table where they can have an adverse effect on wildlife. The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) says in their publication that plasticisers are bad for people’s health, having been identified as hormone disrupters and potential carcinogens.
While rubber or EPDM membranes are also free from plasticiser, they rely on being stuck with glue and are therefore always prone to leaks at any detailing points. The advantage of Evalon is that it can be homogenously welded together.