The high performance weber.rend MT render system from Saint-Gobain Weber has been specified for a new secondary school and community campus in Bridgend, South Wales.

M & P Contractors, Tonypandy, was contracted for the application of the 3,000m² weber.rend MT lightweight system.  This multi-coat system incorporates glass fibre meshcloth reinforcement and a resin-rich adhesive coat that carries a choice of textured finishes in a wide range of colours.  The clean aesthetic lines of the building are enhanced by the striking finish.

To create the weber.rend MT system an initial coat of weber.rend LAC lightweight adhesive is pump applied onto a stable timber or metal frame panelled background which achieves good adhesion.  The meshcloth is laid in and a second spray-applied coat of weber.rend LAC is applied.  A smooth, flawless finish is achieved in preparation for weber PR310, a pigmented primer, which reduces the suction levels in preparation for the top coat to achieve uniform colour and texture.  weber.sil TF150 silicone-based, decorative finish has been hand applied and provides a highly weather resistant, vapour permeable and protective solution.   

The £39m, 14,833m² project, which is part of the Gateway to the Valleys (G2V) scheme, represents one of the largest single investments in a shared community and education building in Wales.  The new community campus, a 39 acre site, incorporates a 1,570 place comprehensive school and a 6,500 sq ft dedicated community facility.  This includes a café, a multi-agency hub, child care unit and provides for various other community activities.

The G2V scheme incorporates many passive design features delivering a building that has, in use, low energy demands allowing maximum use of natural daylight, avoiding excessive solar gain and glare, and providing good ventilation.  Additional energy requirements are offset by renewable technologies and heating is provided via a biomass boiler to deliver 78% of the annual heating load.

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