Penoyre & Prasad's architectural work at the UCL Academy and the Swiss Cottage School in London involved the use of precast concrete. For instance, the UCL Academy's external cladding is made of precast to create a fuller and more permanent look for the structure, writes Elaine Toogood. With the use of precast, the buildings are expected to meet other technical and economic needs, along with energy-efficiency goals, Toogood adds.

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