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Major extension project to transform Kemnay Academy

Aberdeenshire academy's £14.3m project includes fibre cement cladding to meet Eco-School status

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 22, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

A major £14.3 million extension project to transform Kemnay Academy in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 

An innovative fibre cement cladding solution from Cedral was installed by Fowler McKenzie. The visually-striking development will serve the community and its future generations for years to come.  The cladding solution will also help the school meet its Eco-School status, as Cedral can achieve an A+ rating for the lowest environmental impact in the BRE’s Green Guide to Specification*.

Allan Whyte, Head of Property at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The new state-of-the-art facilities at Kemnay Academy are the result of a major investment by Aberdeenshire Council and provide a newly-created atrium, social area, fully-equipped gymnasium, music rooms and additional support for learning facilities.

“There were a number of critical elements in the design process. First, a contemporary exterior was necessary so that the building would stand the test of time from an architectural viewpoint.

“The building’s environmental performance was also vital to ensure it contributed to Kemnay Academy’s Eco-School status. 

Phil McKenzie, Managing Director at roofing and cladding specialists Fowler McKenzie, said: “A number of building projects in this part of Scotland have traditionally used timber cladding, but [the] Cedral range is growing in popularity and going from strength to strength as specifiers recognise the long term benefits of this solution.  

“…The fact that it's low maintenance is also extremely attractive when looking at the whole life costs of a building.  There is no need for continual re-painting for instance, and it is a rot free alternative to traditional timber weatherboarding.”    

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