Glasgow supplier aids Staffordshire school project


A Glasgow-based firm has played a key role in the construction of a new school in Staffordshire.

Duncryne Ltd is the sole UK supplier of Econic, which as described as a “robust fire-resistant multi-purpose building board”. The company installed its engineered Magnesium Oxide (MgO) boards at the site of the soon to be opened King’s School in Kidsgrove.

Duncryne, which imports Econic, has been specified to supply material for the project as part of the West Midlands Schools programme where they are being used in external SIPS, render carrier and internal corridor walls at 24 schools.

At The King’s School, Duncryne is supplying Innovare Systems, the offsite build services business, which is putting in place the structural insulation (SIP) panels for the primary structure, and to Rendserve which is installing render boards on the external elevations.

Alex Banks, senior director at Innovare said, “Our guys factory-fit the Econic boards onto a timber frame before it is transported to site. They find it easy to work with since it is non-hazardous and easy to nail, cut and adhere to SIP panels. Our management team is reassured that they can be transported to the site without damage and the associated costs of waste which can arise from other traditional materials.”

Keith Macnair, managing director of Duncryne added, “There is strong evidence that specifiers and contractors are starting to appreciate the Econic MgO qualities in regard to the safety and performance advantages – which traditional materials cannot offer. We anticipate that our market share will increase as a consequence.”

Duncryne imports Econic MgO boards from China, where it has a sister company in Shanghai. Since it started trading in 2011, it has won orders in high-profile buildings including the new £842 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and the Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde University.