Dry-lining panels from Fermacell have been specified for use in the redevelopment of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM).
Approximately 5,000 square metres of fermacell was selected by Oberlanders Architects LLP for installation throughout the five-storey complex. The company was contracted to repurpose existing laboratories within the development, to allow the IGMM to expand its research programmes and operations.
It was tasked with constructing a dry-lab computational research space, linked to lecture theatres, a social hub and a café, via a spiral staircase.
The new IGMM building benefits from a single-aspect façade and glass curtain walling; brick has been used to support the glazing, whilst the building’s steel frame allows large clear spans, internally.
The project’s sub-contractor, ORR Fire Protection, fitted the fermacell dry-lining panels throughout the building.
Designed to offer acoustic protection and defence against fire, the boards are particularly suitable for installation in a medical research environment. Considering aesthetics, the product’s loadbearing capacity enabled flexibility in locating shelving and fixtures.
All internal walls within the new build are fermacell – partitions and independent dry-lining systems have been used comprehensively. The partitions can be seen within the building’s central four-storey atrium space, which links the reception and foyer to the upper circulation areas.
The 10mm deflection joints, which were required for movement within the fermacell partition system, have been organised to create an aesthetically-pleasing grid pattern on the moveable walls.
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