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Getting Boarding Right for School

Gypsum fibre dry lining boards from Fermacell have helped a specialist timber frame manufacturer make a promising start in a new sector.

Scotts of Thrapston in Northamptonshire have 95 years’ expertise in the equestrian and garden buildings sector but recently decided to try and break into the education sector by supplying modular classroom buildings.

It specified 153 of Fermacell’s 1,200mm x 2,400mm x 12.5mm boards for its first such project – Weldon Church of England Primary School, in its home county. (Since then Scotts has also used Fermacell for another school and an office building.)

The Fermacell panels were used to line the walls and ceilings of a £175,000 replacement for a 20-year-old modular building at Weldon in Corby, where pupil numbers have doubled to 200 plus in over 40 years and have been used throughout the classroom, group room, lobby, toilets and storeroom.

The 18.5m x 6.5m building which is also clad in timber and roofed in coated steel profiled panels, was constructed as a flat pack over two weeks at Scotts’ production facility in Thrapston, transported by truck to Weldon and erected by a team of four men using an all-terrain fork lift truck in six weeks during term time.

Scotts has now also used Fermacell on the walls and ceilings at Sutton Benger primary school in Chippenham, Wiltshire which comprises classroom, lobby, storeroom and toilets and at stone supplier Digby Stone’s new flagship offices in Halesowen, West Midlands.

Picture: Fermacell boards were used to good effect by Scotts of Thrapston at Weldon Church of England Primary School in its first venture into the education sector

Article written by Mike Gannon

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