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There are few briefs more inspiring than that of creating a new Faith Schools' Joint Campus for East Renfrewshire Council. Unique in Scotland, the £17m Glasgow campus brings together Catholic and Jewish faiths: the new St Clare’s Primary School and the relocated Calderwood Lodge Primary School, together with a non - denominational nursery.

BDP Architects passionately believed that the new campus environment could stimulate and sustain religious, social and educational development, and designed the campus around a shared central atrium ‘heartspace’. Heron Bros were the main contractors for the campus, which also houses a range of shared interactive spaces including an amphitheatre, drama box, learning resource centre and art studio.

To the exterior, Russwood’s Architect Select® Western Red Cedar cladding in profiles RW014 defines the nursery block, school entrance and playground, offering a warm, natural contrast to the areas of grey facade. The secret fix profile had the added advantage of creating a smooth and clean finish to the curved building forms. Long term performance in terms of stability and durability of the fixing system was enhanced by using the fixing system of KompeFix® and L-GoFix®MS screws.

“We were fortunate to have Russwood involved at an early stage, where they were able to advise on suitable wood species, development of a project specification and detailing issues,” said BDP Architects. “They were also happy to send samples of the proposed timber products. Russwood are excellent to work with.”

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