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Pupils at Little Acorns (Colleten) Pre-school now have an excellent reason to go to school, thanks to a brand new building which is their new home. Replacing an obsolete structure, the new timber log cabin building is built to the most exacting thermal standards, and for the underfloor heating, Polypipe supplied its Overlay Lite underfloor system.
Overlay Lite was specified by the builder, R J Akerman Builders, who in conjunction with Cabinco, were tasked to construct the building in a very short space of time as proprietor, John Akerman explains. “We were given a window of eight and a half weeks to construct the single story structure and fit it out completely,” he says. “Because it is timber frame, it has excellent insulation qualities and as the supplementary heating source, it made sense to install the Overlay Lite underfloor heating system from Polypipe. This works on two levels: it provides the required heating and it eliminates the need for radiators, a key issue as the building is to be used by pre-school children. It was essential that we kept the safety of the pupils as a priority.”
Overlay Lite is a high compressive strength, lightweight insulated panel used for lightweight floor coverings. Its ease of handling and cutting made the task of installing the product much faster than other systems, and helped Akerman to meet the tight deadline. “Because the Overlay system is so easy to install, we could continue with the rest of the build at the same time, without having to wait around,” continues Mr Akerman. “This was the first time we have used the product and we are hugely impressed.”