The new school is built in the grounds of, and replaces, the previous stone-built Victorian building, which set the precedent of 120 years for the desired lifespan.
To achieve maximum longevity the new building has been constructed from Brettstapel - a glueless form of solid timber construction that had to be imported from Austria. It is finished with robust, long-lasting materials including copper for the roof, gutters, downpipes and flashings.
Although the copper roofing system is traditional in its installation and detailing - a double lock, long strip standing seam system is used throughout - the roofing contractor used on-site modern methods of fabrication to pre-form the rolls of copper sheet before fixing them on the 22mm thick timber board and breather membrane substrate using a mechanised folding machine.
The final effect of the copper roofing fits remarkably well into the Highland context, with the soft orange-brown hues of the material echoing a number of surrounding landscape and building features such as the rusty corrugated metal roofing on nearby agricultural buildings and the rich brown of the heather and bracken.
Due to its’ rural location and distance from the sea there are few airborne contaminants to patinate the copper, so this effect will take a significant period of time to develop. It is intended, though, that the copper finishes will last at least as long as the building, thus helping to ensure that the project lives up to its ambitious aim of a long and happy life.