The modern and flexible design of the Academy’s redevelopment captures the establishment’s ambition to provide a 21st century learning environment that reflects and raises the aspirations of the students and the wider community. Plans included an open air theatre and indoor theatrical space, gallery area, breakout work spaces, demonstration and lecture theatre, improved sports facilities and an all-weather pitch, as well as a strong focus on outdoor learning with allotments, science ponds and a fusion garden.
To overcome haulage restrictions some of the beams were supplied in two parts with a splice connection which was completed on site. The glulam provided by Pasquill was European Whitewood with one coat of preservative, and all metalwork and bracing was galvanised mild steel.
Glulam is manufactured from selected high grade timbers using small cross-sectional boards, finger jointed and laid up with the grain parallel to form larger cross sections and lengths. This configuration produces an exceptional strength to weight ratio suitable for long span load bearing structures combined with the aesthetic appeal of timber.
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