West Lothian Civic Centre
Proud winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015

West Lothian Civic Centre

  • Client / West Lothian Council
  • Sector / Government & Local Authority
  • Architect / BDP
  • Main Contractor / Laing O’Rourke
  • Location / West Lothian
  • Products / Building Envelope
  • Value / £2.5m
  • Completed / -

Designed by architects BDP Glasgow, the new West Lothian Civic Centre building boasts an impressive roofing and cladding package that features an exciting mix of materials and products. The main walls of the building have been clad with VM Zinc CGL rainscreen and cassette cladding, with zinc longstrip used to create feature roof lanterns. To complete the striking design, Lakesmere installed brass copper shingles to the raised areas above the courts and council debating chamber to add contrast and interest to the extensive Kalzip aluminium and Sarna Single-Ply roofs.

To ensure the successful integration of the multi-product roof and wall cladding package, Lakesmere’s estimating team was heavily involved in devising the initial product specification. As well as creating a complex building envelope design that met the architect’s specific aesthetic vision, Lakesmere worked closely with main contractor Laing O’Rourke Scotland to achieve the various building regulations and u-value targets.

Lakesmere’s skilful execution and attention to detail was also called to the fore when installing the Tecu brass shingles as careful consideration had to be given to the manual handling of this material. Working with the zinc products proved equally as challenging as exposure to cold temperatures can make the material crack and split and much of the installation process was completed in winter.

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