Essential repairs to save primary school

20th January 2022

ESSENTIAL repairs to a primary school’s external facade and internal supporting frame which have seriously deteriorated are being carried out by Procast.

The project, which started in December 2021 and will run until summer, 2022, has resulted in the temporary closure of Allanton Primary School in Shotts, Lanarkshire.

Programmed work will involve:

  • Downtaking of the existing external brick facade
  • The addition of timber sheathing and building paper to the existing internal timber frame leaf
  • Installation of external wall insulation system
  • Timber preservation works
  • Removal of asbestos-containing material
  • Removal and replacement of all rainwater and soil vent pipes
  • Relocation of Scottish Power equipment fixed to the building

The external wall insulation system is a design-and-build element, and Procast have  a wealth of experience of carrying out similar works.

Because Procast are retained within North Lanarkshire Council’s measured-term contract for re-roofing, re-rendering and insulation works 2020-2025, they are perfectly placed to deliver the repairs.

The high sulphur content of the original pulverised fuel ash (PFA) block work and render had damaged the nails which fix the blocks to the building’s timber frame, which also suffered damage.

Although the addition of an external wall insulation system to a timber frame structure is something Procast deliver on a regular basis, the construction details and methods of works will be unique.

A Procast spokesman said: “We are delighted to be appointed by NLC – alongside their design team of Block Architects and consulting engineers Harley Haddow and Punch – to speedily close out the design and specification phase of the works and commence the construction section of the project.

“As a business, Procast fully understand the importance of completing these essential repairs as soon as possible to enable the safe return of the pupils back to their school and we are conscious of the impact the loss of these school facilities has had on the local and wider community.”

The project will be headed up by Contracts Manager Gary Baxter and Site Manager Colin Pope.

The repairs have resulted in the 80 pupils transferring to Dykehead Primary in Shotts, while 26 children who attend the nursery have relocated to Newmains Nursery within Newmains Primary School.


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