The two-phase project, which remodeled and expanded Whitehorse Manor Junior and Infant Schools to create an inspiring academy, has now been recognized with a Civic Trust Award 2015. Pegasus Academy previously won an RIBA Award (London category), the Schools Award in the AJ Retrofit Awards, Best Public Sector Interior at the FX International Interior Design Awards, and was shortlisted in the New London Awards.
The school’s innovative design brings together a fragmented site with a series of extensions that thread new teaching spaces through a complex fabric of early 20th-century buildings. The expansion includes a new nursery, six new classrooms, an enlarged hall, and a new entrance and administrative areas that link the two existing buildings.
Pegasus Academy was designed by Hayhurst & Co. The Technal brand’s façade systems were specified for both phases of the project and used throughout.
Technal’s GEODE-MX Visible Grid curtain walling features on all elevations, including the roof glazing above the new entrance, with Technal’s casement window inserts for natural ventilation in both tilt/turn and top-hung configurations.
Sloped glazing was constructed from the GEODE-MX system for the stairways and involved complex detailing to the corner edges to meet the project’s stringent design requirements. Technal also supplied casement door systems in manual and automatic configurations, for the main entrance installed into curtain walling and to provide access to the courtyard, nursery and the play deck for the nursery at first-floor level.
“This was a complex façade project with some challenging geometry, such as angled ribbon glazing and long areas of continuous glazing at ground and first floor levels,” says Nick Hayhurst, director at Hayhurst & Co.
“We are very happy with the finished building, which has received national acclaim, and would definitely use Technal again for future projects.”
All Technal’s façade systems were fabricated and installed by Everglade Windows. Technal is one of the Sapa group’s global aluminium building systems brands.