The new building of North Chadderton School, Oldham was built in 2013 providing facilities for up to 1500 no. students aged between 11 & 18 years.
Built without the provision of wall protection to the school’s interior walls, Facilities Manager William Wheatcroft soon noticed that the plastered, white walls, were suffering marking and superficial damage detrimental to maintaining the school’s high standards.
Mr Wheatcroft explained:
“We needed a permanent solution to our problem of continually re-decorating and cleaning the walls along corridors and congregational areas of the school – which was proving to be a drain on the maintenance budgets.”
Yeoman Shield, manufacturers and installers of wall & door protection products, were called in to survey areas in the school most needing wall protection, where it was decided that 2.0mm thick FalmouthEx protection panels would be the answer to stopping the continual damage. The work was to be phased over time as and when budgets became available.
The first area to be fitted with Yeoman Shield FalmouthEx protection panels at 1250mm high, in white, were the dining room, boys WC on the ground, 1st & 2nd floors, reception exit area and along the flat to raking wall of the Assembly Hall Stage.
Other areas which have received the same treatment over the past two of years have included, staircases, refuse points, sports exit lobby, performing arts and music centre along with staff changing facilities.
Mr Wheatcroft concluded:
“There has definitely been a marked difference in the time spent re decorating and sorting out wall damage which I am sure is resulting in a year on year saving in our maintenance budgets. Our cleaning team have also commented that the wall protection panels are certainly easier to wipe down than the painted wall finish.
“We are very happy with the finished products and the workmanship supplied by Yeoman Shield over the years and we will be continuing with the roll out of the wall protection programme in the future.”
For more information on how Yeoman Shield wall and door protection products can save on maintenance budgets go to www.yeomanshield.com or call 0113 279 5854.