The construction of a new nursery in Exeter has utilised external wall insulation (EWI) from Wetherby Building Systems to meet thermal performance requirements and create visual stand out within the local area.
The development of Matford Green Nursery saw the former Divers Motor Company building transformed into a new two storey state-of-the-art 120 place nursery. A robust external wall insulation system was required and specialist EWI installer PRS Group was tasked with providing an effective solution.
With the building containing small children, safety was of paramount importance so a system was required that met strict fire regulations, in addition to being able to work with the steel frame construction. PRS Group turned to Wetherby Building Systems to recommend an appropriate solution to meet the criteria and, as a result, its Epsicoat system was specified as the most effective product for the project.
The Wetherby Epsicoat system installed comprised 200mm Mineral Wool insulation, to meet fire regulations and thermal performance requirements set out in the building regulations. The system was then finished with WBS silicone ‘K’ render in a mix of red, cream and grey shades to create a visually striking appearance.
The exterior finish was originally specified as rain screen cladding, as this is the traditional finish used in the local area and would have been in keeping with neighbouring properties. However, the client wanted to create a contemporary, individual appearance for the building and so the architects designed the nursery with a render finish, in three different shades, to create stand out against a traditional street scene.
Commenting on the project, Colin Webster from PRS Group said: “The Epsicoat system used on this scheme has really given the nursery a stamp of individuality in an area that is dominated by rain screen cladding finished properties.
“Combining performance with aesthetics, the solution not only offers a high fire rating, but the silicone finish provides a clean and fresh appearance that also benefits the client with its low maintenance properties.”