Creative solutions for Jenner Contractors – From automated open gearing to curtain walling screens

Schools are a vital resource in local communities. When they’re starting to grow they need new structures to go up quickly and efficiently, minimising any interruptions to their students’ education.

Often these builds have specific requirements, like access for disabled students, that require specialist solutions such as automated open gearing for doors. We’re experts at bespoke solutions so we’re often brought into large projects to ensure any window element comes together on schedule and within budget.

Demonstrating this is a school build we recently completed with Jenner Contractors.

Partnerships for success

Jenner Contractors is based in Folkestone, Kent. We’ve worked with the team on a number of different projects – but they recently approached us for something a little different.

Invicta Grammar School and Valley Park Community School in Maidstone, Kent, are two expanding schools that share a building. As each was becoming more popular in the local area, they’d seen an increase in students – so needed to make sure they had the resources and space to cater for their needs.

Jenner approached us to pitch for the window side of this project as they were familiar with our work and had a long-standing relationship with our team.

Working to brief

After Jenner got in touch, our co-owner Derek and in-house estimator David set to work costing up such a big job.

We received the architects’ drawings, which we were able to scale from and choose appropriate products that matched the brief. The architect specified modern, thermally-efficient aluminium windows and a solution that would allow for disabled access to the new block.

One product we’re very proud to offer are doors that use automated gearing. Many other companies don’t offer this service but it’s the perfect solution for those public spaces that need to consider disabled access as a priority. It also meant we were able to use our favoured partner, Dorma, for the automated opening gearing.

Working to the brief, we recommended 4 individual products that would align with the architect’s vision:

  • Grey aluminium windows
  • Grey aluminium bi-folding doors
  • Grey aluminium double entrance doors (with Dorma automated-opening gearing for disabled access)
  • Grey aluminium curtain walling screens (with electric opening double entrance doors)

We created a detailed quote that contained all the crucial information about our products that the build partners needed. Jenner works with us a lot, so we made tweaks to the proposal to best align the price to match their budget.

Once Derek and David had finalised the specification and price, the project began.

On time and within budget

As trades constantly follow each other in building contracts, it’s essential that our products are ready to go as soon as we’re needed. We surveyed the job in 4 visits to make sure that we could install as soon as the client was ready for us. Due to the nature of this project, we offered Jenner as many survey visits as they needed without charging them extra.

The project ran from January 2015 to September 2015, with our part in the project finishing on time towards the end of September. The entire build lasted much longer and was completed to spec early 2016.

Today, the new teaching block has 10 classroom areas and a large dance studio space across two floors – perfect for students and staff alike.

We’ve gone on to work with Jenner Contractors on a number of different projects, including the Hythe new build development of over 100 houses.


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