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MEDITE TRICOYA Makes Building Work Child's Play at Highgate School

  • 12.08.2015
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St. Michael's Primary School

At St. Michael’s Primary School in Highgate, North London, a series of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME wood panels have been used in the construction of two innovative new PlayPods that allow children to build their own environment to stimulate and enhance their play experience.

Designed by 24/8 Workshop Ltd with funding from the National Lottery and St. Michael's School Association (SMSA), the PlayPods were built to house a wide range of recycled scrap materials and equipment that make play more sociable and creative. Located on separate playgrounds to provide easy access from the main grounds, the unique and bespoke pods have been built from rigid engineered metal frame systems mechanically fastened to solid concrete plinth bases.

For both of the Pods’ north and south facing walls, the high performance and extremely durable MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME panels proved the perfect solution – combining excellent waterproofing, a simple installation and outstanding long term performance. Finished with an external blackboard treatment, the panels are connected to the seamless membrane roof with integral gutters. “MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME is a high performance and very durable solution for external applications,” commented Helen Brough, Creative Director at 24/8 Workshop Ltd. “Due to its enhanced natural resistance to water absorption, there is also less need for costly maintenance works and the exterior will remain attractive and functional for a longer period of time.” Ideal for use as a façade, cladding or exterior applications, MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME panels are manufactured to withstand humidity and varying weather conditions. Due to the proprietary acetylation treatment process used to treat the wood elements, MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME has a naturally altered unique chemical structure.

This process greatly reduces the ability of the panels to absorb water – creating a stable and extremely durable product with a 50 year guarantee, backed by independent British Board of Agrément (BBA) assessment. Peter Clifton, Product Manager for MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME added: “MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME is the ideal high performance wood panel for outdoor projects like this. We are delighted to have played a part in such a worthwhile cause and one that reflects the sustainable and durable nature of the product – with the PlayPods set to deliver a stimulating and environment for many years to come.”