A major renovation project at a Gateshead primary school has made the most extensive use of Pilkington Activ(tm) self-cleaning glass of any UK application since the launch of the revolutionary product. Over 250m2 of the world's first self-cleaning glass has been used in replacement windows for Bill Quay Primary School in Gateshead, with the windows manufactured and fitted by EWL Ltd of Washington, Tyne & Wear. Bill Quay is also the first school in the UK to be fitted with Pilkington Activ(tm) self-cleaning glass.
Bill Quay Primary School was built 130 years ago and retains many of its original Victorian features. The school is one of the largest in the East Gateshead area and has around 200 four - 11 year-old pupils. As part of a major refurbishment programme to improve the structure, appearance and energy efficiency of the school, Gateshead Council thought the replacement of the school's windows - many of them in a dilapidated state - to be one of the most important considerations. The Council and EWL Ltd work together to develop the most appropriate solution for the building.
Part of the reason for EWL's appointment was the fact that the company promotes ecologically sound solutions and offers PVC-u products that are lead free, environmentally friendly and fully recyclable. However, an additional concern about the school was thermal efficiency, with energy savings on heating bills and maintenance a prime target. EWL suggested the use of double-glazed Pilkington Activ(tm) self-cleaning glass sealed units to eliminate the high cost of regular cleaning and gain better thermal insulation, solving both these problems. The new windows are also Georgian design to fit in with the traditional appearance of the school.
Lance Jobling, Head of Construction Services for Gateshead Council, believes that Pilkington Activ(tm) self-cleaning glass is going to become an increasingly important product for this type of application:
"As part of all our refurbishment plans we carry out a thorough risk assessment before deciding what is the best solution for each project. We feel that Pilkington Activ(tm) self-cleaning glass is going to be a significant help to us in the future in this respect - it was certainly the best option for Bill Quay School."
Ken Welsby recently retired as Headmaster of Bill Quay Primary School, but presided over the installation of the new glass shortly before he left. He was delighted with the results:
"Pilkington Activ(tm) really is a wonder glass - the difference the new windows have made to the appearance of the school is remarkable, and the self-cleaning glass really does work. This is going to save the school a lot of money, and make it a more comfortable place for the children to learn."
New Headmaster Toni Hilton is also said to be extremely happy with the difference the glass has made to the school.
Launched following years of extensive field and laboratory testing, Pilkington Activ(tm) self-cleaning glass literally keeps itself clean by harnessing the two natural elements of ultra violet light and rain. The technology uses UV light to break down organic dirt deposits on the glass, then uses the rain to wash the dirt away.