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Encasement helps create a ‘green’ environment at Farnborough Sixth Form College

Encasement helps create a ‘green’ environment at Farnborough Sixth Form College

‘The Greenhouse’, a purpose built social space for students attending Farnborough Sixth Form College, is using 20 rectangular Quadra pre-formed plywood column casings from Encasement, which include a durable ‘cactus green’ coloured laminated finish to integrate with the building’s design scheme.

Ranked as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, Farnborough is one of the country’s top performing sixth form colleges and is a member of the Maple Group, a partnership of 11 leading sixth form colleges in England, whose members have been named ‘State 6th Form College of The Year’ by The Sunday Times, for the past three years.

The Greenhouse is designed to blend in with the campus’s Beacon Quad area and uses large areas of glass and light coloured interior materials to create bright and contemporary environment for students to relax or work using the wi-fi access.

To help provide the large open plan space with a stylish and practical interior, each of the 20 structural steel columns in the centre and perimeter of the building have been concealed with Encasement rectangular Quadra column casings, which stand 2890mm high.

Manufactured from strong 8mm thick plywood, which is pre-formed into the Quadra’s final dimensions of 220mm x 400mm, the casings’ green Polyrey C049 bonded laminated finish is designed to resist scuffs and damage in high traffic areas. The casings also incorporate matching infill strips to give an integrated finish to the vertical joints, while also using a 100mm high grey skirting collar to add contrast to the design and integrate with other elements of the building’s interior.

Encasement’s Managing Director, Martin Taylor, explained: “The Quadra casings are the perfect solution for The Greenhouse. Not only are they designed to be strong and durable for use in public areas, but can be finished in virtually any colour to integrate or contrast with a building interior.”

He added: “Our column casing range, which includes Quadra and Circa pre-formed plywood, as well as our extensive Forma metal casings range are widely used through the education sector for interior and exterior applications in public areas, classrooms and lecture theatres, as well as for main entrances and foyers.”;