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Maes yr Yrfa School Carmarthen

Nolan Commercial Go Back to School on Kier Project

24 May 12

Nolan Commercial, the trade division of Carmarthen-based Nolan Windows, has completed curtain walling on a school in rural Carmarthenshire – where the project supervisor for the installation team, Paul Davies, actually went to school.

Nolan was contracted in September last year by industry heavyweights Kier Construction to carry out refurbishment work, including replacement aluminium curtain walling to a wing of the Welsh speaking Maes yr Yrfa School in Cefneithin on a Secured by Design project worth £400,000.

Paul Davies of Nolan Commercial said: “We finished the work in February and it looks great. I feel proud that, having attended the school myself, and sent my children there, I was able to be involved in improving the learning environment for a whole new generation of children. This was a fair size project for us and it was undertaken while the school was open.” In fact three of the Nolan team of four had been pupils at the school.

The curtain walling was replaced almost like-for-like, and louvers were installed above the clear glazing on the ground and first floors, with Pilkington Spandrel glass replacing the aluminium panelling. The louvers conceal internal ventilation systems linked electrically to a central control unit, and boast super-low energy consumption. The aluminium inside and around the mullions is acoustically treated to lessen ‘flanking’ – sound travelling around the building. Kier installed roof cladding and solar panels on the project.

Ryan Williams, Project Manager, Kier Construction said: “Nolan Commercial have been thoroughly professional throughout the project and have delivered a quality product in a safe manner. They have embraced our progressive snagging system with any defects dealt with quickly. As a result of their performance on this project they have become fully incorporated on the Kier supply chain. I would recommend their use to any other contractor and in particular the installation team we have on site.”

Sean Mcnulty of Newport-based suppliers Blyweert Beaufort Aluminium said: “Blyweert Beaufort are extremely happy to be associated with Nolan Commercial. From the initial design concept of Maes yr Yrfa to the final installation and completion of the project we were constantly amazed at the technical and commercial skill levels of Nolan Commercial. We are partnering together on a number of projects, and look forward to working with the team at Nolan again.”

The school improvement works are being supported by the Welsh Government as part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme.