First Application of Technal’s Revolutionary New Low Rise Façade System is now Under Construction

The first application of the latest aluminium glazing system from Technal is now under construction.  The revolutionary new MODAL low rise façade system has been specified for the Sirius Academy and Ganton Special School in Hull.


Designed by Aedas and under construction by Balfour Beatty Construction, the project will replace Pickering High School and provide a new site for Ganton Special School.


Scheduled for completion in Summer 2011, construction of this inspirational learning campus is well advanced and the glazing is now being installed.  The visionary scheme will provide a new 1,650-place academy, specialist support for 40 pupils with visual and hearing impairments, and Ganton Special School, which will accommodate a further 88 pupils.


The oval-shaped landmark building comprises four storeys of teaching accommodation organised around a full height atrium space with community and enterprise hubs and multi-agency space.


Glazing fabricator Hurricane Architectural is installing around 4,000sqm of Technal’s MODAL low rise façade system across the campus building as part of a £1m contract.  Finished in grey with grey glass, MODAL is being used on every elevation, both as fixed lights and with an integral opening vent to minimise sight lines.  Vertical aerofoil caps will provide solar shading and the GXi balcony door, which is fully integrated with MODAL, has also been specified.


Commenting on the use of MODAL, Phillip Jackson, Associate Director at Aedas said, “Our specification criteria was for a glazing system that would maximise light, and accommodate large floor-to-ceiling spans of glass without large frames.  It also had to co-ordinate with the rainscreen cladding.”


“MODAL will give us a good overall appearance and is sufficiently robust for a demanding secondary school environment.  It has effective thermal performance to minimise heat loss and gain, and will help us achieve high levels of acoustic protection, which are important as the site is located near a busy road.”


John Cowie, Design Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction, added, “The MODAL system is allowing us to keep the frame weight and size to a minimum for both aesthetics and natural light.  It has the benefit of a fully integrated opening vent that reduces the visible aluminium as an effective alternative to inserting a window into curtain walling.”


MODAL is a rapid-build low rise façade system – and the first in Ireland to offer integral opening vents.  It has an innovative modular design, which will reduce work on site, installation time, and gives specifiers a wider choice of configuration options.


The new academy will make a lasting impression on the local community, with its creative design for a bright and modern learning environment.  Its diverse facilities will include dance studios, a hair and beauty salon, external construction workshop, ICT-rich specialist areas and an eco-dome for environmental science.


It is hoped the scheme will achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ environmental rating.  Features designed to minimise its impact on the environment include biomass boilers, a wind turbine, rainwater harvesting, an air source heat pump, natural ventilation and highly glazed elevations to maximise natural light.


For further information about the revolutionary MODAL rapid-build low rise façade system or to download a technical brochure, visit

Sirius Academy, Hull


Sirius Academy, Hull


Sirius Academy, Hull