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School benefits from Saint-Gobain solutions


Seven Saint Gobain brands have come together to bring a range of sustainable solutions to a school in Scotland.

The new £28.5 million Portobello High School building, in Edinburgh accommodates 1,400 pupils and has replaced the existing building on Duddington Road, home to the school for 51 years.

British Gypsum, Celotex, Frazer, International Timber, Ecophon, Jewson and Isover supplied a range of innovative products, from wall to floor solutions for the school.

The solutions specified will provide key benefits, such as thermal efficiency and sound insulation to create a comfortable teaching environment for students, teachers and visitors.

The multi-purpose insulation board, Celotex TB4025, was used on the ground floor of Portobello High School, to overcome localised thermal bridges. By reducing thermal bridging, this product solution will ensure reliable long-term energy savings for the building.

Acoustic performance is a key consideration for school buildings, as poorly designed sound environments can have a negative impact on learning and concentration in schools, as well as hindering classroom communication.

As a result, British Gypsum’s Gyproc DuraLine plasterboard was specified to enhance sound insulation and impact resistance performance, contributing to a peaceful learning environment for pupils.

In addition, Isover supplied acoustic partition roll to the project, a high-performance glass mineral wool, that helps to reduce noise from adjacent rooms. As well as offering superb acoustic performance, the product is made from up to 86% of recycled glass, making it an environmentally friendly acoustic solution.

International Timber worked closely with the Jewson Branch in Falkirk to supply a range of timber product solutions for the stairways and corridors in the school, as well as the outside entrance.

Timber cladding provides an attractive, lasting and durable finish both for internal and external environments. Fire treated Siberian larch cladding, lacquered oak timber and MDF Oak and skirting was specified, in addition to dressed timber, sawn timber and plywood sheets.

Ecophon’s Akusto Wall A system was installed in the Games Hall in a Super G Grey finish. The system is an impact resistant wall absorber, so is ideal considering the size and nature of the space. The Super G Wall Panels are impact resistant and also provide Class A absorption to aid with acoustics.

Frazer, a Saint-Gobain distribution brand, supplied over £100,000 of materials to the building, including drainage systems and landscaping solutions including paving, kerbs and manhole rings.

Stuart McKill, sustainable habitat leader for Saint-Gobain in Scotland, said: “As one of the largest manufacturing and building distribution businesses in the UK, we are able to supply a wide range of product solutions that work together to provide buildings that are not only fit for purpose, but provide benefits to the occupants, in this instance the pupils and teaching staff.

“We are thrilled that such a large amount of our products have been chosen for Portobello High School, and we are confident that pupils will be able to benefit from a learning environment that truly puts them first.”


About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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