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Fryent Primary School

Forming part of Brent Council’s school expansion programme, Fryent Primary School in Kingsbury, London is one of three primary schools that was refurbished and transformed with new-build modular extensions incorporating classrooms, kitchens and multi-use halls. As part of an upgrade of the rainwater goods on the refurbished period building, Brett Martin provided the architect and contractor with full on-site technical support, as well as recommending a cost-effective rainwater solution which had the look and feel of the existing cast iron system, but offered the long-term benefits of plastic.

The architect Peter Balham attended the Brett Martin CPD 'Specifying Appropriate Rainwater Systems to Achieve Your Architectural Vision' which became the catalyst for the specification of the Cascade system. Brett Martin representatives met with the architect, providing samples and together had the product approved by the school governors and the London Borough of Brent. Following a site visit and a take-off being carried out, the architect’s specification included a comprehensive range of Cascade cast iron effect rainwater systems in a range of domestic and high capacity systems, all in Classic Black.

The installation saw the 112mm Roundstyle gutter and 68mm round downpipe installed at the east end of the main entrance block. For the larger roofs across the other school entrances, rear and inner courtyard, play area and classroom dormer, the 115mm Deepstyle and higher capacity 170mm Deepstyle gutter systems were used to offer increased roof drainage. To deal with rainwater run-off from the flat roofed buildings surrounding the courtyard and astroturf play areas, the 105mm round and 100mm x 75mm rectangular downpipes and undated hoppers were installed.   

With the upgrade to the rainwater goods now completed, Brett Martin’s Cascade cast iron effect rainwater system has ensured an architecturally-sympathetic appearance was achieved with a reliable, durable and cost-effective drainage system that will continue to perform for many years to come.

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