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St Andrews Student Residences

Client: St Andrews University

Location: St Andrews

Construction Method: Factory manufactured engineered timber roof trusse

Type: Supply Only

Value: £73,000

Date: 30/04/2015

Specialist Trusses for St Andrew’s University Residences

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Ochil Timber has supplied roof trusses for the latest phase of Student Residences at St Andrew’s University’s Fife Park site. The £73k contract saw Ochil supply 600 roof trusses for the nine accommodation blocks over a 6 to 8 week construction period. These were manufactured offsite in Ochil’s Denny fabricating plant, using sustainably sourced timber.

Ochil has had a long involvement with the various phases of this extensive project, starting in 2001, and was responsible for the specialist truss design which this particular project’s roofline demanded. Ochil MD Andrew McAree explains: “The asymmetric, mono-pitch roof design had an exposed rafter detail at the eaves overhang, which required a specialist detail. We designed this to be suitable for offsite manufacture, which saved the contractors a lot of time on site. We also used pre-coloured fibreboard for the exposed soffits, which minimised maintenance.”

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While Ochil provided trusses on a ‘supply only’ basis on this phase, on earlier phases they provided supply and erect services for roof trusses to Morrison Construction and roof trusses and structural timber frames to Sir Robert McAlpine.

Project Architect Max Davidson of Halliday Fraser Munro, responsible for design development throughout said: “Ochil have been involved in the St Andrews’ residences from the beginning and as project architects we’ve always found them very good to work with.”

The main contractor on this phase was CCG, with whom Ochil has worked on various projects since 2007.

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