An award-winning school in Hackney, designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership, has seen extensive use of Sadolin woodstain products on its external timbers.

The timber framed three-storey building, which has been divided into three houses, comprises two structures – a blockwork diaphragm wall and a glulam softwood timber frame tied together and supported through the cores and the top lit atria.

The structural timber is glulam, using European softwood. Exposed timbers have a hardwood capping integrated into the timber assembly to prevent corrosion by standing water.

All externally exposed softwood was coated using a three-coat Sadolin system. Sadolin Quick Drying wood Preserver was applied for a base, followed by a base coat of Sadolin Classic and a top coat of Sadolin Supercoat in Light Oak.

Tracy Meller, architect at the Richard Rogers Partnership, said: “We researched the timber coating extensively to find the most natural looking product that would, at the same time, fulfil the protective requirements for the timber and keep the maintenance requirements to a minimum.”