Booth Muirie has supplies its high quality rainscreen cladding to a £120M development at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. In innovative new building on the Garthdee Campus uses a number of green technologies to create an environmentally friendly building to house multiple academic departments, a new library and social areas. 

3000m² of Booth Muirie's widely used BML120 rainscreen system in Alucobond® aluminium composite material (ACM) was supplied for vast sections of the external façade in metallic silver, metallic dark grey and patina green. The panels were able to realise the curves of the architectural design to smooth lines and enhance the aesthetics, while retaining durability and meeting the requires performance standards.

 

The new Garthdee Campus development aims to create a space in which different disciplines can work alongside each other in interdisciplinary projects by providing teaching, learning, research and social spaces in one large complex. The schools of Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Computing, Engineering, Art & Architecture and the Built Environment will amalgamate in the steel frames structure to create a central focal point for students, lecturers and the public.

The building uses ground source heating to contribute to the university's sustainable and environmental aims, while the rainscreen cladding ensures a high level of performance by achieving CCWCT standards for systemizes Building Envelopes.

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Booth Muirie’s BML120 rainscreen system was specified for its high construction standards and ability to provide close tolerances for joints and panel alignment. It was applied to the external facades in ALUCOBOND® ACM in silver dark grey and patina green. The patina green was used on a curved part of the building that carries into the interior as a design feature.

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 has achieved the performance standards and appearance we were looking for and we are very happy with the final result."

The BML120 system is part of a range of standard rainscreen constructions that are easily tailored by altering the components to suit a variety of applications. A tongue-and-groove jointing method combines the panels that are attached to the pre-engineered vertical rails for trouble-free installation. The system, which is best suited for horizontally long cladding panels and soffit applications can be manufactured from either ALUCOBOND® or ALPOLIC® ACM materials.

ALUCOBOND® was used to manufacture the BML120 system used on the Garthdee Campus development. The material carries a BBA certification and consists of two 0.5mm thick aluminium skins which sandwich a 3mm core. This makes ALUCOBOND® rigid, lightweight and flat, giving it a wide scope for design creativity and various architectural applications. Available in solid, metallic and special effect colours, ALUCOBOND® offers cladding solutions for even the most ambitious building designs.

 

Specifications

Location Aberdeen
Architect BDP Glasgow
Installer Lakesmere
System Rainscreen
Material Alucobond®
Colours Silver Metallic, Metallic Dark Grey and Patina Green

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