Glasgow firm goes back to school on Highland project

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GLASGOW-based roofing and cladding firm Curtis Moore is putting the finishing touches on its furthest north project to date – the Wick Community Campus in the Highlands.

The £48.5 million project, which will amalgamate Wick High School, South Primary and Pultneytown Academy Primary School, is being delivered by hub North Scotland, which was appointed as development partner by the Highland Council. Morrison Construction is acting as main contractor and Ryder Architects as architect. The project is due to be handed over this month.

Wick Community Campus will consist of two senior school teaching wings with a separate primary school with facilities including a swimming pool, fitness suite, library and three sports pitches.

“It is effectively finished; our involvement is complete bar a few variations pending,” project designer, Stuart Milne, told Project Scotland.

Curtis Moore commenced roofing works on the project in summer 2015 with the cladding works following after. Valued at £2.45 million, the works required 8,000m2 of Kalzip 400 standing seam roofing, which is rolled on-site from a coil of sheet metal, minimising road freight and allowing full-length sheets with no overlapping. Over 1,000m2 of Icopal ballasted inverted flat roofing was used, over 1,000m2 of Rodeca translucent polycarbonate cladding, anodised aluminium cassette rainscreen cladding and Equitone fibre cement rainscreen cladding. The site’s swimming pool required the use of perforated aluminium roof liners to provide acoustic performance and resistance to corrosion.

The firm’s furthest venture north did, however, create some logistical issues. Stuart Milne said, “The weather conditions in that part of the world can be quite inclement, particularly in the winter so that’s an obvious challenge and the logistical problems of getting particularly the Rodeca materials, which come from Germany.”

Stuart explained that the Rodeca materials were delivered in bulk from Germany via road and a private freight route.

Stuart said that Curtis Moore would consider its “reach” as “the whole of the British Isles because, in terms of the logistics of us based in Glasgow, Wick is no different from south of England”.

Curtis Moore also worked on the new Noss Primary School in Wick and recently won the contract to work on the new £8.2 million Tarbolton Community Campus in Ayrshire.