Three aluminium fenestration solutions from Senior Architectural Systems were put to the test at the new Dixons Trinity Academy in in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.

The facility was designed by Faulkner Brown Architects and built by Willmott Dixon, with Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium undertaking the fabrication and installation of the fenestration.

Senior’s patented Pure aluminium windows were used to provide the required low U-values and help future-proof the building for the pending changes to Part L of the Building Regulations.  The energy-efficiency of the façade design was further strengthened by the use of Senior’s thermally-enhanced SF52 aluminium curtain wall system, while its SPW501 commercial doors were specified throughout.

The design of the Academy sees the facilities divided into two parts by the A58 highway, with the north site encompassing the main school building and playgrounds.  Located across the road is the south site comprising the main site car park and a number of new sporting facilities including a 4G all-weather pitch, games court and multi-use games area (MUGA). A 26m long steel  Vierendeel truss bridge spans the road to link and provide access to the two sites. 

The construction of Senior’s UK patented Pure system features an expanded polyurethane (PUR) thermal barrier to give exceptional thermal performance, with the Pure window system having the ability to achieve U-values as low as 0.71W/m2K when calculated as a commercial CEN Standard window.