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GML provides bright start with new school extension

13 Jul 11 GML Construction has helped provide a bright new start for pupils at Dulwich Village Church of England Infants School with a new classroom extension that features an ultra modern interior of brightly striped walls, contemporary ceramic tiles, bespoke furniture and light wells.

The £350,000 design and build scheme has seen considerable collaboration between GML Construction and the school, which aims to engage children in their learning through an environment and curriculum that promotes excitement about learning. To help foster the excitement to learn, the school has pushed for an ultra modern interior, designed to provide an inspiring and engaging learning environment for their pupils.

The twin classroom block replaces an existing building and externally features a brick skin and a part flat and part pitched roof with sedum green roof covering and featuring traditional slates.  A living green sedum roof is also incorporated within the flat construction. The brick skin and slates were chosen to meet planning requirements by maintaining the aesthetic to the rest of the school. Internally the building is very different however. For maximum energy efficiency, the building also features high performance insulation and windows.

Gone are the traditional plain school walls, replaced with a kaleidoscope of stripes and gone is the traditional furniture, replaced with bespoke storage to maintain the modern interior whilst maximizing space. With aesthetics in mind as well as long term performance, the school also pushed for the tiles to be high quality ceramic.

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To provide as much natural light as possible in the building, GML Construction has designed a central corridor that features light wells. These bring daylight flooding into the centre of the new space and along with the windows ensure ample natural light.

The project demonstrates GML Construction’s ability and desire to create buildings that are visually inspiring, whilst offering low environment impact and low energy in use.

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