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Booth Muirie meets Aberdeen university’s high standards with rainscreen solution

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Booth Muirie’s versatile rainscreen cladding has helped a Scottish university to bond style with sustainability in a multi-million-pound building development.

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Located on the Garthdee Campus at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, the steel-frame building is home to a library, social areas and a number of different academic departments.

The building forms part of a large complex of teaching, learning, research and social spaces within Garthdee Campus. It facilitates interdisciplinary projects and acts as a central hub for students, lecturers and the public by incorporating the schools of life sciences, pharmacy, engineering, computing, art and architecture and the built environment.

The £120m development was designed with the environment in mind with a focus on minimising energy consumption and maximising energy efficiency, in keeping with the university’s sustainable and environmental aims.

Booth Muirie enjoys over 50 years in the construction industry and was specified for this project due to the excellent environmental performance, ease of installation and stylish finish provided by its wide range of cladding systems. The brand is now part of the Euroclad family, itself a leading light in metal roofing and cladding systems.

An ideal choice for this project, Booth Muirie supplied its popular BML120 rainscreen cladding due to its versatility and excellent environmental performance. The cladding system offers a high level of performance in weathertightness, loading and movement, thermal and moisture performance, acoustics, fire performance, operable components, safety and service life.

BML120 is a mechanically-fixed, open joint rainscreen system which uses a tongue and groove jointing method to combine the panels that are attached to the pre-engineered vertical rails for a trouble-free installation.

This system was specified by main contractor, Miller Construction, due its high construction standards and ability to provide close tolerances for joints and panel alignment.

With the ability to fix to all kinds of sub-structures, the BML120 system is ideal for new-build developments such as this, as well as refurbishments, and comes in a range of colours, finishes and natural metals to suit all building designs. Installed by a specialist contractor, 3000m² of the BML120 rainscreen system was supplied for vast sections of the university building’s external facade in a complementary colour palette of metallic silver, metallic dark grey and patina green to create an aesthetically-pleasing design.

The panels were able to realise the curves of the building design, created by architect practice BDP Glasgow, to create smooth lines and enhance the aesthetics, while retaining durability and meeting the required performance standards. The flexibility of the system also allowed the incorporation of a design feature using the patina green panels on a curved part of the building that carries into the interior.

Bill Somerville, Head of Estates at Robert Gordon University, commented: “The rainscreen cladding had to adhere to the standard of building envelope deemed suitable for the new building, as well as meet the design requirements of providing panel alignment that created an overall cohesive appearance, especially to curved areas. The quality and aesthetics of the rainscreen panels provided by Booth Muirie have achieved the performance standards and appearance we were looking for, and we are very happy with the final result.”

The innovative building also employs a number of green technologies, including the use of ground source heating, to achieve the university’s eco-friendly aims. The overall environmental performance of the building has resulted in it achieving the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology’s standards for systemised building envelopes.

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