Ochil delivers school extension in Home Grown Engineered Timber

Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) had serious challenges when Kinnoull Primary School needed a new gymnasium and classroom. The school was in a disused quarry surrounded by cliffs with one tight point of access, making craning impossible; the site had to be cleared of existing buildings; and the school was C listed, restricting design options.

PKC worked with Stirlingshire-based Ochil Timber Products using an innovative structural timber system – SpaceStud. Established 30 years ago, Ochil manufactures, supplies and erects SpaceStud, SpaceRafter and SpaceJoist. MD Andrew McAree describes his company as “welcoming the unusual, embracing innovation and technology in timber.”

Fabricated in home-grown Scottish timber and clad in untreated Scottish larch, with high performance timber fibreboard insulation, the completed building now meets the highest environmental and energy standards – 10% beyond Scottish Regulations.

Key challenges for Ochil were the manufacture of the OSB-lined structural studs to 5m and 6m heights for the gym and delivery of all components to the tight site. Ochil cut all the studs and components off site and delivered them as “Ikea-type” flat packs, with full design drawings, for easy erection.

PKC’s Architect Jana Boult is clearly delighted with Kinnoull’s completed gymnasium and classroom, she says:

“It’s a lovely little building, warm, modern, efficient and environmentally friendly.”