Children have been welcomed to a brand new school in Neath Port Talbot, developed in partnership with aluminium manufacturing and installation company, AB Glass, as the September 2016 school term begins.
The Swansea-based company played a significant role in the development of Ysgol Bae Baglan, dubbed as the £40 million ‘super school’. AB Glass was awarded a £2 million contract to supply windows, doors and curtain walling to the school, providing full design, manufacturing and installation services.
Approximately 1500 pupils are now in attendance at the school, due to the amalgamation of Cwrt Sart Community School, Glan Afan and Sandfields Comprehensive schools and Traethmelyn Primary.
The project for AB Glass spanned from March 2015, when the design programme commenced, through to manufacturing and finally, installation, which was completed in February 2016.
The installation included various high-end aluminium products, such as thermally broken curtain wall screens, thermally broken top hung windows, thermally broken doors, and non-thermally broken heavy duty doors. Steel framed 30 minute fire rated doors and curtain walling were also installed.
The multiple aluminium products included in the project means the windows and doors installed at the school are incredibly strong, weather proof, need very little maintenance and are also extremely energy efficient.
Alan Brayley, managing director at AB Glass, said:
“We are really pleased with the outcome of the Ysgol Bae Baglan project and it’s wonderful to see the children making a start at a brand new school that we’ve contributed to.
“The design of the school was important to us and we included the feature courtyard screens to have a number of different multi-coloured glazing, which was perfect for the school and gave it a vibrant effect for the children. The multiple aluminium products installed are top quality so that the school will have many years of reliable use.
“The project was handed over to the local council three weeks early and the AB Glass team played its part in achieving the completed works to an extremely high standard.”
The education sector is a key area of business for AB Glass. The company has been involved with many successful education based projects over the years, including: Penyrheol School, Swansea; Ynysboeth Community Primary, Mountain Ash; UWIC Hub, Cardiff; Birdwell School, Long Ashton, Bristol; Fusion 1, Bournemouth University; and Brougham Hayes Student Accommodation, Bath.