Cedral Lap - Kemnay Academy

A+ for Cedral weatherboard at new £14.3 million Academy extension

Fibre cement cladding solution a class above for Eco-School

Marley Eternit’s Cedral Lap weatherboard has been specified by Aberdeenshire Council as part of a major £14.3 million extension project to transform Kemnay Academy in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The innovative fibre cement cladding solution was installed by Fowler McKenzie, who were appointed by the lead contractor, Morrison Construction. 

Cedral Lap was chosen to create a visually striking development that would serve the community and its future generations for years to come.  The solution was also specified to 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.  Finally, a solution was needed that could stand up to the harshest weather conditions.  Cedral was the specified solution and we are very pleased with the finished result.”

In addition to its excellent aesthetics and environmental credentials, the performance of Cedral makes it an extremely attractive solution amongst architects and specifiers for a host of domestic and commercial applications.

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 Marley Eternit’s Cedral range is growing in popularity and going from strength to strength as specifiers recognise the long term benefits of this solution.  

“Not only does Cedral look great and is cost-effective, but 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.”

Steve Howell, Cedral’s area sales manager, concluded: “This solution is really simple to install, whether using aluminium or timber for the subframe, which for projects the size of Kemnay Academy, means contractors can save valuable time and money, enabling them to keep to strict project timescales and deadlines. 

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