Clark Contracts completes external refurbishment of University of Strathclyde’s Curran Building

CLARK Contracts has completed a £2.3 million external refurbishment of the University of Strathclyde’s Curran Building.

The facility, which is home to the university’s Andersonian Library, underwent external fabric repair works including the replacement of the existing roofing with new ‘high-performance’ insulation and roofing system, and the replacement and remodelling of 380 single-glazed windows with new low emissivity triple-glazed units.

The cladding to levels 6 and 7 of the building was also upgraded, and the thermal efficiency of the façade improved by enhancing the level of thermal insulation and removing thermal bridging where possible.

Clark Contracts explained that these works are estimated to have a potential 48% reduction in heat loss and subsequent reduction in heat demand and carbon emissions. A new tapered insulation roofing system was installed to achieve an average U value of 0.18W/M2K.

The contractor also delivered Phase 1 and 2 of the Curran Building refurbishment works in 2022. Phase 1 comprised the refurbishment and alteration of level 3 to create a new library and study space. New curtain walling was designed and installed at the corner of the building, maximising daylight internally to enhance the student working environment while improving the aesthetics internally and externally.

Phase 2 comprised similar external repairs, including roof and window replacements and masonry cleaning and repairs.

Clark Contracts has been appointed to the University of Strathclyde’s Minor Works Framework since 2007, and in the last two years has delivered 12 projects within the university campus including refurbishment works within the John Anderson Building, Forbes Hall, TIC Building, Spin Studio and Robertson Trust Wing.

Gerry Cummins, director at Clark Contracts, said, “We have been working with the University of Strathclyde for over 20 years and we are delighted to continue to develop this relationship whilst delivering this project at the Curran Building.”