Portobello High School
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Portobello High School

  • Client / Edinburgh City Council
  • Architect / JM Architects
  • Main Contractor / Balfour Beatty
  • Location / Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Value / £1.5m
  • Completed / August 2016

Lakesmere was appointed deliver the school’s extensive roofing package, working alongside main contractor Balfour Beatty. As the new school building has been constructed using a lightweight steel frame, the roofing components had to be carefully selected and utilised to be as strong yet as light as possible. The lightweight yet robust properties of aluminum standing seam roofing made it ideally suited to achieving the specific requirements and it total approximately 9500sqm of Kalzip aluminum was installed to the main teaching blocks, assembly hall, drama and IT buildings.

Designed by JM Architects be both sympathetic and complementary to the existing green space, the incorporation of Kalzip nature roofs and hot melt roofing to both the terraced roofs and plant areas not only softens the appearance of the large roof structure, but also provides rainwater absorption and enhanced acoustic performance. Careful consideration also had to be given to the roof of the swimming pool and the Lakesmere team devised a specific build up suitable for use in such a high-humidity environment to reduce the risk of corrosion of the fixings and roof system from moisture and chlorine in the air.

Portobello High School is set to become one of Edinburgh’s second largest secondary school when and its open plan layout that maximise the use of natural light and encourages the use of communal spaces for pupils to meet and swap ideas, is expected to set a new standard for the design of sustainable and innovative educational facilities.

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