Newquay Tretherras School

Shingle Rainscreen Facade provides a striking architectural feature to frame the entrance of a new, £15 million building for Newquay Tretherras School.

The Project

After more than a decade of pursuing funding to upgrade their outdated 1950’s building, in 2019 Newquay Tretherras School proudly opened the doors to a new, state-of-the-art teaching block. Funded through the Government’s Priority School Building Programme, the new building, named The Quay, includes 24 specialist classrooms for teaching Maths, English, PE and Computer Science, an activity studio, changing facilities and offices. The Quay also includes a multi-purpose hall, incorporating a new canteen, which can be transformed into a theatre to seat 300 students for assemblies and performances.

This modern learning environment has been designed to sit harmoniously in its surroundings, with regards to both its eye-catching aesthetic redolent of Cornwall’s seaside heritage and its focus on operational efficiency. This led to the specification of a Kingspan Facade System with a Shingle rainscreen to frame the main entrance, and elevations of Mini-Micro Architectural Wall Panels from Kingspan Insulated Panels in a coastal colour palette

Cornwall, UK
Completion Date:
Building Owner:
Cornwall Council
Stride Treglown
Main Contractor:
BAM Construction
Progressive Systems Ltd
Shingle Rainscreen Facade
QuadCore Karrier Panel

Mini-Micro Rib Architectural Wall Panel
Tophats | Corners | Flashings

Quite a Catch (Design)

Newquay School, Shingle rainscreen facade, quadcore karrier, close up.
The Cornwall Local Plan requires that any new developments have clearly considered the existing local context. Architects, Stride Treglown, therefore developed a thoughtful design for the front elevation, which references Newquay’s fishing industry heritage through a feature ‘fish scale’ cladding and ‘net’ of curtain walling. Shingle Rainscreen Facade was used to define the main entrance. Installed vertically at an angle, the diamond pattern added interest on approach to the school and responded to the Design Review Panel’s desire for an element of ‘delight’ from the building.

In addition to the light-reflecting ‘fish scale’ detail, the palette of materials was carefully chosen to express the school’s locality. Buff sand coloured masonry at ground level is complemented by Kingspan Mini-Micro Rib Architectural Wall Panels in White and Wedgewood Blue XL Forte finishes above, with a grey profiled roof, alluding to the beach, sea and sky. The colour choices also reflect the school’s brand, creating a bold and prominent aesthetic. The combination of products provided a cost-efficient way to create architectural interest, giving the new building a distinctive appearance, and the elevations were completed with specialist fabrications, manufactured specifically for the project to ensure a sleek and professional finish that will last.
The various Kingspan facade and wall products have been used to ensure new building creates a bold visual presence for the school and has a simple, unfussy rhythm that reflects Tretherras’ branding and community ethos. The design and layout give the school high quality, naturally lit teaching spaces with inherent future flexibility.

Stride Treglown

Predictable Efficiency (Build)

Newquay School, Shingle rainscreen facade, quadcore karrier, front of building
As Cornwall’s largest secondary school, with around 1,650 pupils, it was essential that Tretherras was able to operate as normal with minimal disruption to teaching and learning, whilst the new building was constructed. It was also vital that the build programme progressed smoothly to enable the new building to open at the start of the 2019/20 academic year. The build was therefore completed in a phased approach, with main contractors, BAM Construction, erecting the new building on the existing hard surface games court and the older building only being demolished upon completion of The Quay.

The Shingle Rainscreen Facade was fixed directly to QuadCore™ Karrier Panel substrate by Progressive Systems Ltd, with stainless steel clips and rivets. The interlocking system has a concealed secret fix solution and, as it does not require a secondary support, offered a cost effective and efficient method. Likewise, the secret fix Architectural Wall Panels could be quickly and easily installed, allowing the build programme to proceed smoothly and be completed on time.


Smooth Sailing (Performance)

Newquay School, Shingle rainscreen facade, quadcore karrier, front of building
The QuadCore Karrier Panels provide high performance insulation that will improve the building’s energy efficiency. The factory engineered tongue and groove jointing achieves excellent levels of airtightness, whilst the QuadCore insulation core delivers U-values as low as 0.08 W/m2K. The energy efficient design will significantly reduce the operational costs of the school and contribute to the sustainability of the local area.

The new building, which opened as planning in September 2019, provides a modern learning environment and community facilities which will serve local residents into the future.
Newquay shingle facade, Quadcore karrier close up

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