The main building in a major redevelopment of Jordanhill School in Glasgow is clad in bespoke cast stone ashlar masonry from UKCSA member Plean Precast.
The new south campus building at the community comprehensive school houses art, languages, maths, social subjects and a large public space. It provides an excellent learning environment and was short-listed for a RIBA Award.
The cast stone was specified by Elder & Cannon and the contractor was Mansell. For such a large-scale ashlar masonry contract, uniformity of finish and consistency in all aspects of manufacturing were essential to ensure a durable facade with uniform resistance to weathering.
These days quarried stone is prohibitively expensive for solid masonry but it is simple to use cast stone ashlar blockwork – which not only satisfies the ‘truth to construction’ architectural argument but will perform in terms of bearing strength and weather in the same way as natural stone.