offsite expo metsec banner

Occupying a prime space directly in front of one of the show’s main entrances, voestalpine Metsec’s 12m x 6m stand at Offsite Expo will not only be easy to find but promises to provide visitors with an immersive experience of the company’s pre-panelised framing solution, Metframe.

The stand is organised neatly into two distinct areas: The first offers a visitor reception and consultation area with interactive video presentations, whilst the second features full-sized Metframe panels in typical wall build-ups with proprietary insulation and board materials.

Metframe Sales Manager, Tom Lench comments, “Most architects, contractors and engineers will be familiar with the weight, price and programme benefits that Metframe delivers through its light weight, economy and efficiency. Our objective for Offsite Expo 2022 is to build on this reputation, not only by demonstrating these intrinsic features but also presenting the many other benefits that make the Metsec solution so compelling.

“Our commitment to making the entire design, specification and installation process as easy and risk-free as possible has never been greater than it is today, clearly demonstrated through our comprehensive independent performance testing, solution design and approved installation.

“Independent testing of Metframe fire, acoustic and thermal performance with the latest of insulation and boards from leading manufacturers removes commercial tie-ins with materials producers, assuring choice, economy and availability.

“Our dedicated team of designers and engineers typically creates complete, fully-costed designs, including accurate construction programmes and embodied carbon calculations within two weeks, whilst our minimum £5 million professional indemnity, 30-year warranty and presence on specifier systems such as NBS Source and RIBA CPD provide total confidence in our understanding of the needs of the modern design and construction professional.

“The assurance this provides is continued through our national network of approved installation partners, ensuring that the quality, economy and efficiency injected during the design process are not compromised when it comes to construction.”

tom lench at offsite expo
voestalpine Metsec Inverurie Community Campus

The construction of one of Scotland’s largest school and community projects has made extensive use of voestalpine Metsec’s SFS lightweight steel framing system to deliver time and cost savings.

The £55 million project sees the creation of brand-new education and sports facilities in the centre of Inverurie which will provide a hub for academic study and community activities in the Aberdeenshire town.

The new Inverurie Community Campus includes state-of-the-art teaching accommodation for up to 1,600 pupils as well as extensive sports and leisure facilities for locals, including a six-lane swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sports hall, fitness suite, dancing studio and community café.

The project has been undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council through developers Hub North Scotland. Halliday Fraser Munro were principal designers for the project, with construction being awarded to the Robertson Group.

voestalpine Metsec-approved installers, Veitchi Interiors were successful in tendering for the continuous walling that would form the external envelopes of the academy and community buildings, which extended to three storeys in height and are finished in a combination of brickwork and cladding. Some 20,000 metres of SFS was used as infill between the hot-rolled structural steel frame.

SFS proved to be the perfect solution for the campus buildings as Donald Turner, director at Veitchi Interiors, explains, “SFS was the ideal choice for the design and scope of this project. The ability to combine SFS with other construction methods meant that it dovetailed nicely with the hot-rolled steel frame, whilst voestalpine Metsec’s technical department worked closely with the project’s structural engineers, Fairhurst, to prepare the necessary designs. Further close liaison with Veitchi and the construction team meant that planning, scheduling and delivery of the SFS components to site was precise and timely.

“Installation of SFS is quick and easy. Once installed and boarded it provides immediate protection from the elements, enabling follow-on trades to start their work at a very early stage and allowing the project to progress quickly and smoothly.”

Inverurie Community Campus has drawn praise from politicians, councillors and the community as a whole, winning the Development of the Year (Public buildings) at the 2021 Scottish Property Awards.