Titan Facade Panel practical & modern
State of the art learning environment
“James Hardie’s Installation Manager provided technical support and guidance.”
Having moved out of its rundown circa- 1940s pre-fab building in an industrial part of town, Silverdale School’s new premises is a $9m state of the art facility with an infrastructure to service more than 600 students. The spacious two-storey classroom block has 10 classrooms for the 260 existing students and further space to accommodate new pupils as the roll increases.
Adjacent is a library and IT centre, a school hall and gymnasium and an admin block with a staffroom and offices. The front and rear facades of the main classroom complex are clad in Titan Facade Panel, with negative detail Villaboard Lining on the eaves. Architect Carmel Coombe chose Titan Facade Panel for both aesthetic and practical reasons.
“It gives a nice contrast to the other building elements and provides a strong, durable cladding material that will stand up to the day-today wear and tear of kids racing around and playing,” she says. “Using Titan Facade Panel meant that architecturally we were able to control the finish and the aesthetic.
We could paint it fresh, bright primary colours that the kids can identify with, and we also made use of the exposed negative detailing.”
Ease of installation
Cladding installer Maddren Construction are very familiar with putting up Titan Facade Panel so it all went up quickly and easily. Graham Chote, construction manager for Arrow International, who project managed the construction for the Ministry of Education, says the overall result is impressive. “It doesn’t look like a traditional school building, and everyone’s really pleased with the design.”
He believes that the choice of Titan Facade Panel was a good one, visually, in practical terms, and also for ease of installation. ‘James Hardie’s Installer Development Manager provided technical support and guidance. It was really good service and backup.
Having someone was there to assist us all the way gave us great peace of mind.”
The kura provides a learning environment that reflects Māori cultural values and aims to revitalise Māori language, knowledge, and culture.
New Zealand’s first green schooling development, Mission Heights Primary School was designed in response to the Ministry of Education’s new national standards