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Pasquill supplies floor cassettes roof trusses for new school

Pasquill, the largest supplier of trussed rafters in the UK, has manufactured and delivered over 500 metal web floor cassettes plus 50 14.5m wide roof trusses for a new school under construction at Kidsgrove in Staffordshire.

Manufactured at a rate of over 180 per week at the company’s Chorley branch, the floor cassettes were delivered within three weeks on behalf of Innovaré Systems, a major UK provider of SIP solutions.

The high width of the roof trusses was necessary in order to accommodate the school’s mechanical and electrical plant requirements. The floor cassettes feature Posi-Joists, which combine the light weight of timber with the strength of a steel web. They offer easy access for the installation and maintenance of the services in a floor zone. This is a particular benefit with the move towards more sustainable buildings, which have an increasing number of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems being installed, driving architects and specifiers to look for more versatile solutions.

Pasquill’s client, Innovaré Systems, is providing an energy efficient structure using its i-SIP Structural Insulated Panel system. Commenting on the project, Alex Banks, Head of Project Delivery for Innovaré said: “As a SIPs supplier from design to build, the key benefit to our clients is speed with design flexibility. The partnership we have developed with Pasquill has really enabled us to speed up the installation process through use of their Posi-Joist cassette floors. Our construction process enables us to reduce time spent on-site by up to 50%, which has been assisted in no small part by the cassette floors supplied by Pasquill.”

At the Kidsgrove site the existing upper school was demolished to enable the new building to be constructed and opened in 2016. The project has been registered with the Considerate Constructors scheme. The new three-storey school building with state-of-the-art facilities will greatly enhance the educational opportunities of the young people of Kidsgrove and surrounding areas. The school will feature, amongst other things, a modern hall with retractable theatre style seating, an open-plan learning resource centre overlooking spacious dining facilities, and specialist teaching rooms for all subjects.

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