Case Study

Grace Cook Primary School

StoWMARKET, Suffolk

Grace Cook Primary School is named after Stowmarket’s pioneering female astronomer, an expert on meteors and comets, providing both a strong link to the local history and community together with an inspirational role model for the pupils. 

The school is a two-storey, one-form entry school with an 8 classrooms. It offers 210 places with a separate pre-school and nursery with 60 places.

A2O was appointed to install the SFS and non-combustible cladding panels to the 180m2 double-height main hall and PE store, kitchen, servery and plant room. 

The contract included curtain walling to north and south entrances and doors and windows with spandrel panels of back-painted glass to the classroom block, which was built in traditional brickwork by others.

The school welcomed its first students in September 2022.

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We’re extremely proud to have played a part in this exciting development, working on another much-needed educational facility for the county. We would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in delivering this creative learning environment and look forward to seeing the positive and lasting impact it will have on children, teachers, parents, and the local community for many years to come.

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Jake Betts
Contract Manager


The cladding contract also included curtain walling, doors and windows with back-painted glass.

The ‘steel’ colour cladding panels had to be aligned precisely with the patterned bands of traditional brickwork on the classroom block, built by others.

There were a variety of options for high quality non-combustible panels, with finishes reflecting bright lights of the solar system, meteors and comets.

The programme was tight to guarantee opening in time for the new school year in September.

Fire safety was, of course, paramount for the school and its community.


A2O coordinated the design and contracted a specialist to install the glazing components.

A2O closely coordinated the installation of both the adjoining panels and the glazing with the other parties working on the classroom brickwork. 

Rockpanel Elemental Metals Classic Gold and Steel were chosen. The colour and finish of the ‘steel’ panels complements with the glazing framework.

Rockpanel also offered a shorter lead-in time than the alternative cladding panel systems available.

The facades were installed to passive fire protection standard  LPS 1531.

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