The re-slating and solar PV installation of Victoria Primary School in Airdrie provided Forster with the perfect context to demonstrate their slating skills, highlight their ability to overcome operational and logistical challenges and also deliver additional complimentary services. As a result, Forster helped the school reduce their energy costs and cut their carbon footprint.
The works carried out to this fully operational school for North Lanarkshire Council included the removal and renewal of the 1,400m² slated roof and installation of new domed Solas roof light.
The 14 roof panels were re-slated using Cupa H3 Slate. Each slate was fitted with a stainless steel black jap hook, which fixed directly into the sarking. 36 metres of valley were cut, 49 metres of hip fitted and 202 vents were installed. Roof anchors and snowboards were installed by our sub-contractor partner Roof Edge Fabrications.
The design of the school with a fully enclosed courtyard presented logistical access challenges, which were overcome by careful management of materials into difficult areas. As the school was fully operational throughout the works, the protection and safety management of the children, their teachers and other visitors to the school was of paramount importance. This was carefully monitored and controlled by the Forster site manager, Alistair Allan who met regularly with the head teacher and sub contractor partners throughout the contract.
Following award of this contract, Forster provided North Lanarkshire Council with proposals to incorporate the installation of Solar PV into the re-roofing programme to benefit the school both financial and environmentally. This was taken up by the client who welcomed the opportunity and, after consultation with our solar PV team, a 10kWp in-roof PV system was installed by sister company Forster Energy in conjunction with the slating works.