Contour provides a comprehensive range of building innovative, efficient and highly cost effective products to serve the education sector – internally and externally.
School and college heating solutions
Our range of Low Surface Temperature (LST) guards and radiator provide the ideal solution for ensuring the safe, effective and hygienic heating of school and college classrooms and buildings.
BioCote® protection – Exclusive to Contour
All Contour DeepClean LST radiator guards – a product of choice for many education sector specifiers – incorporate a BioCote coating in their ‘final finish’ as standard. This technology provides effective and permanent protection to the surface of the LST radiator guard, preventing the growth of harmful mirobes such as bacteria and fungi and helping in the fight against the spread of infection. There is a strong social and economic case for investing in products that contribute to cleaner classrooms. A lower incidence of microbes in classrooms exposes children to fewer avoidable illnesses, thereby helping to reduce school absenteeism. This not only aids childrens’ immediate education but helps reduce the time-off so often required by parents to nurse sick children.
A controlled field study conducted by BioCote Partners in late 2014, found that the antimicrobial agent succeeded in wiping out virtually all the bacteria that are usually present in classrooms. The agent managed to eliminate almost 96% of the bacteria normally found in a classroom, when compared to an untreated control classroom that was also set up for the purpose of the trial study. Contour Casings, a long standing BioCote partner, was a lead participant in the study. The study was carried out a UK primary school with one classroom completely refurbished with furniture, fixings and fittings all pre-treated with BioCote antibacterial technology. Swab samples from both classrooms were then regularly collected over a three-week period and taken to a laboratory for analysis.
As well as showing that the treated classroom had almost no bacteria on its many surface areas, the study specifically revealed that Contour’s radiator guards carried 90.54% fewer microbes compared to the untreated radiator guards found in the other classroom.
Education Sector Building Solutions
New education sector buildings are increasingly at the forefront of sustainable design, built to reduce their impact on the environment and increase their energy efficiency.
In recent years Contour has participated in a number of architectural fabrication projects in the education sector where sustainability and energy efficiency have been prime design considerations. An example of this has been a project for City of Westminster College, where we were charged with designing and installing column casings which allowed for the integration of internal rainwater pipes. The rainwater pipes collect harvested water from the “green roof” resource; this water is then recycled and used around the college for convenience amenities. The casings were located throughout the property, including in the café and several teaching rooms, and include access panels for the convenient servicing and maintenance to the casing interior.
Contour also recognise that low cost maintenance is also of major importance to education sector specifiers. This understanding contributed to the selection of our wall capping, fascia and flashing systems for a project at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College in Shropshire. The building project which also features a green Sedum roof, required an aluminium roofline solution that not only delivered a sleek, aesthetic and a robust weather-proofing performance, but also ensured labour-saving installation and low long-term maintenance. Since its completion the project, has won a “building excellence award”.
Read the Shrewsbury Sixth Form College project case study