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Project Focus: Kalzip solutions help deliver a class act

by Jennie Ward

The facade and roof element of the redevelopment of the award-winning, £56m Inverurie Community Campus provided a number of design challenges for the Kalzip technical department. Total Contractor finds out more about this interesting project…

The team responsible for the £56 million redevelopment of an Aberdeenshire community campus has employed a comprehensive selection of Kalzip profiles in different colours and widths to complete the roof and cladding of the major structures: including the main teaching block, swimming pool and sports hall. The project and team subsequently won the Development of the Year (Public Buildings) category at the Scottish Property Awards.

Inverurie Community Campus was designed by Halliday Fraser Munro for Hub North Scotland, who delivered the project on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, while Robertson Construction was the main contractor. The latter employed Kalzip extensively on the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre some three years ago and so was renewing its involvement with the manufacturer, while Glasgow-based Curtis Moore, the specialist installer in this instance, was awarded a £3 million sub-contract for all of the cladding and roofing work. Curtis Moore also undertook the installation of timber cladding, fluid-applied and other waterproofing systems across the multiple structures.

One of the key design challenges which Kalzip’s technical department helped the project team address was the setting out of the windows.

Delivering for pupils and the community
Replacing existing premises, the new school features 73 classrooms and labs, along with the sports facilities plus a large dining hall and kitchen, and a conference room. It can accommodate 1,600 pupils – making it one of the largest schools in the North-East of Scotland – and provides a range of amenities for the wider community, including a six lane pool and training pool, outdoor football pitches and a fitness suite.

The three-storey teaching block includes the main secondary classrooms, dining space and also features an atrium for assemblies and meetings, interlinking with open plan learning plaza areas. St Andrew’s School for Additional Support Needs pupils is located in a single storey element interlinking with the main teaching block. The school has its own entrance and car park, as well as a south facing sensory garden in a secure courtyard.

Amongst the Kalzip profiles supplied to Curtis Moore for the contract were 65/400 and 65/500 flat panels in the 0.9mm gauge within two tones of bronze for the facades; as well as 65/500 1.0 mm gauge material featuring a PVF2 finish to the roof. There were also 35/200 perforated as well as plain liners. Materials for the vapour control layer installed under special acoustic insulation included clear membranes, foil and tapes.

“The finished campus – including the 2,000m2 roof on the sports complex – looks very impressive, with the Kalzip roofing and cladding 100% contributing to winning the award.”

Design challenges
One of the key design challenges which Kalzip’s technical department helped the project team address was the setting out of the windows; the solution to which involved employing three different sheet widths to achieve the most economic use of material, as well as creating aesthetically attractive elevations.

Andy Kelly, Curtis Moore’s Project Manager, commented: “As a business we have carried out a lot of contracts employing the Kalzip product range and are currently involved in a couple of very large projects, including an energy-from-waste plant in Leicester.

“The work at Inverurie went very smoothly, though it was the first time we have employed the window jamb detail which required us to make sure each seam landed on the edge of the frame, which Kalzip assisted with in recommending the different widths. The finished campus – including the 2,000 m2 roof on the sports complex – looks very impressive, with the Kalzip roofing and cladding 100% contributing to winning the award.”

The design consultant on the project, Dave McLellan, added: “The architects, Halliday Fraser Munro have done a lot of education projects in Scotland – including the Alford & Mearns Community Campus Projects – and are big specifiers of Kalzip. Personally, I have been designing with Kalzip since the early nineties, and it forms a major part of my work these days – including using their geen roof system and new solar PV profiles.”

The Kalzip standing seam roof and cladding panels with their PVF2, stucco embossed and other finishes offer outstanding weather performance and durability, well able to withstand the Scottish climate throughout a long, low maintenance life. Kalzip duly provided a 25-year guarantee for the completed installation, though the company says the system will deliver a minimum 40-year service life.

“The commitment from all the partners in the delivery of this facility has been unfaltering.”

Partner commitment
Reflecting on the successful completion of the build, the Operations Director, Major Projects for Robertson Construction, Fraser McCaskill, said: “Robertson has a proud history of delivering outstanding education and community facilities, and Inverurie Community Campus sits at the top of that portfolio.

“The commitment from all the partners in the delivery of this facility has been unfaltering. We look forward to continuing our work to deliver the outdoor pitches which will be undertaken with the greatest of consideration as the pupils and local community begin to use, and benefit from the completion of the main building.”

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