Sustainable school construction at Maddiston Primary School, Falkirk

Educational. £9 million.

August 2008 saw a milestone reached with the formal handing over of keys by Graham Construction to the new Maddiston Primary School in Falkirk, Scotland.

The event took on special significance given that nine months before the ‘almost completed’ school was partially destroyed by fire.

McCarey Simmonds were responsible for the structural engineering design of the superstructure of this two-storey timber framed primary school (5,108m2) which was constructed on a greenfield site.

The two storey school stands as a model of sustainable construction having been built using a host of notable sustainability techniques. All timber in the project, including the substantial timber framing is from 100% Sustainably Certified Timber sources under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme. The block work used is a recycled Enviroblock, the walls are treated with recycled newspaper insulation and the playground surface is made from 100% recycled tyre rubber.

The sedum grass ‘green roof’ provides green ecological space and acts as a natural water retainer, thus minimising the risk of flooding. This blends effortlessly with local stone which was used for the façade with traditional Lime mortar.

Roof Terrace, Terminal 1, Dublin Airport.

Television gardener Diarmuid Gavin is designing a roof terrace for the airside bar in the Terminal One Extension at Dublin Airport. Its centre piece will be a large double helical steel structure, clad in timber, engineered and detailed by McCarey Simmonds.

The bar/restaurant will have seating for 300 people and the 2,500 sq ft roof terrace, which is being designed by Diarmuid Gavin, will be a key feature of the development.

Cornerstone Children’s Centre, Yiewsley Baptist Church, Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex.

Educational. £0.75 million.

McCarey Simmonds, as structural and civil engineers, assist architect and educational specialist Mark Dudek on a new Childrens Centre at Yiewsley Baptist Church, Yiewsley, West Drayton, London. McCarey Simmonds are responsible for the superstructure design and the substructure foundation, below ground drainage and external hard landscaping design.

Lisson Gallery

McCarey Simmonds assist London Architect David E. Roberts on the extension to Lisson Gallery in London NW1.

The Lisson Gallery has been at the forefront of developments in contemporary art since 1967 and has maintained its position as an independent force in the international art world over three decades. The programme at Lisson New Space of solo shows by the most exciting and interesting artists emerging internationally takes forward this reputation to confirm the gallery’s position as one of the greatest supporters of artistic innovation and talent.