Foster & Partners
Client Folkestone Academy
After the closure of its port, and with its dwindling population, the coastal town of Folkestone had effectively been in decline since the 1960s. Folkestone Academy was one of several art-led initiatives aimed at supporting the town’s regeneration.
Foster & Partners asked Planet to assist with preparing a put together a specification for all the internal glazing for this high-profile project.
All the classrooms required full-height glass panels, oriented to minimise unwanted heat gain and solar glare. For the classrooms, PURE100 demountable double glazed partitioning ensures high acoustic attenuation.
Planet sourced and installed all the doors: timber-frame white doors that are easy to maintain and repair. At the academy’s heart is an atrium fire rated to 60/60 integrity and insulation, thanks to RPG Fire’s FireStop 25mm glass. These glass panels also feature in the library, which overlooks the atrium.
For walkways and gangways, PURE20 demountable glass partitioning features where acoustic performance isn’t critical – but it ensures a modern and contemporary space in line with Foster and Partners’ vision.
Work took approximately six months to complete.