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Queensferry High School

Breaking the mould

Ryder Architecture is breaking the mould with a bold new school complex for City of Edinburgh Council. Built under the Scottish Futures Trust / Hub model, the project received funding for low carbon innovation specific research, analysis and implementation during the design of the new building. South Queensferry High School challenges the traditional approach by embracing a faculty model with breakout space on every level, and an outdoor learning roof deck with views of the Forth.

SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography
SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography
SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography
SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography

Layer of interest

The building is situated in the playing fields of the old School, in a semi-rural location alongside a conservation area. As such, Ryder Architecture selected a timber cladding which would sit comfortably in the landscape. Russwood Siberian Larch SILA Select® offers a consistent, high quality finish which also lends a softness to the otherwise large scale elevations of the school. The cladding is arranged in 47mm x 47mm rainscreen battens with expressed horizontal joints and timber “fins” adding a layer of interest that lifts the exterior.

Expert advice

As an existing Russwood customer, Ryder Architecture knew that Russwood could provide valuable advice and expertise to the project. “We’ve used Russwood products before and were impressed with pre-site service, extensive knowledge and assistance – but more importantly, the quality of the product,” said Matt Haggerty of Ryder.

SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography
SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography

We’ve used Russwood products before and were impressed with pre-site service, extensive knowledge and assistance – but more importantly, the quality of the product.

Matt Haggerty (Ryder Architecture)
SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography
SILA Select® Cladding (47 x47mm) skimmed and fire treated | Ryder Architecture | Chemplas Ltd | Keith Hunter Photography

Neat detailing

Russwood was also able to recommend its L-GoFix® A2 screws, which use a high grade of stainless steel to avoid corrosion, and will sit flush with the timber surface without over-driving. The overall effect is a warm and textured welcome to this new school community.

Products Used

SILA Select® Siberian Larch

SILA Select® Siberian Larch cladding is a popular choice due to its versatility & excellent durability.
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L-GoFix® A2 Screws

Cladding screw for effective fixing and neat detailing.
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