Gypsum fibreboard from fermacell saves new school construction costs

  • 21 Sep 2016

Interserve construction was able to accelerate the construction programme at Lane End Primary School in Beeston, Leeds by using fermacell’s 12.5mm square-edged panels. The original specification was for plasterboard which would have required two layers and plywood pattressing to meet the loading requirements for potentially heavy wall fixings. 

Using gypsum fibreboard panels enabled the dry-lining at Lane End to go ahead with just a single layer of fermacell, saving costs on materials and labour.

DLA Architecture developed the school building design, which includes a substantial sports hall also built of steel frame with brick and block infills, at construction stage. 

Chartered architectural technologist Aharon Fegan: “The original NBS specification supplied to us specified plasterboard internal wall linings. Interserve then requested that the internal wall linings specification be revised to fermacell. Interserve had not used fermacell before but they knew of the potential benefits of the product. Interserve’s main aim was to save time on the construction programme by allowing installation of the internal walls before the building was watertight. Interserve asked us to evaluate the product for this particular building and we had a meeting with fermacell to explore the product. Once we confirmed all details and specifications, fermacell was specified.”.

fermacell gypsum fibreboard panels

  • up to 100% more dense than standard plasterboard
  • cost-effective single layer solution to pattressing, capable of carrying up to 50kg per cavity fixing and 30kg per screw for dead loads
  • resistant to impact, moisture and fire (Class 0, Class 1 surface spread of flame / Euroclass A2)

Acoustic performance

A partition with a single layer of 12.5mm gypsum fibreboard to each side achieving 54dB Rw of sound insulation when combined with appropriate insulation materials.

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