Collaboration creates new shared campus


A new development to create a shared campus for four schools has benefited from a roofing and cladding package by Lakesmere.

The new scheme has replaced the existing Port Glasgow High School and St Stephen’s High School whilst also integrating Lilybank Primary School and Glenburn Additional Support Needs School.
With so many schools involved, the project’s tight construction programme required multiple elements to be completed simultaneously so Lakesmere was required to co-ordinate closely with numerous interfacing sub-contractors.
This was achieved via regular on-site co-ordination meetings with the main contractor GRAHAM Construction and the various sub-contractors.
The project features several examples of challenging geometric design. In particular, the timber structure to the ASN building, which was eventually covered with tapered Kalzip standing seam, first required a levelling structure to ensure the perfect ‘cone’ shape was achieved.
The granite rainscreen element also involved a complex design to ensure a visible curve on plan to a building which was built with a series of facetted blockwork.
Through the use of surveys and collaboration between Lakesmere design and engineering departments, the team was able to co-ordinate and assess the actual set-out of the blockwork wall and form the finished radius to ensure the visual aesthetic required by the client Inverclyde Council and architect Archial Group was achieved.
Lakesmere was also responsible for the installation of the Kalzip roof.