Casestudies Rathfriland Fire Station


Rathfriland Fire Station

Client: Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service
Architect: HLM Architects
Main contractor: Peter O’Hare Ltd
Teamkal Contractor: LA Ltd.
Tata Steel products: Kalzip® aluminium standing seam system  (PVF² colour coated to RAL 3002 - Carmine Red), Kalzip® FC rainscreen system (poly coated RAL 9007, Grey Aluminium)
Year:  2012 

The challenge

The original station was substantially damaged by fire and in response to the client’s visionary brief, HLM Architects conceived an impressive new design which allowed for the refurbishment, modernisation and expansion of the fire station. The new building design included a larger bay area for the 2 fire appliances, improved facilities for the fire-fighters to work, rest and train and increased space for storing a wider range of the most modern specialist fire and rescue equipment.

The solution

Kalzip’s ingenious FC rainscreen and aluminium standing seam systems were specified for the eye-catching and imaginatively designed building.  Kalzip’s well proven aluminium standing seam system was the obvious choice for the roof and was also specified to provide extra weather protection to the fire station’s west facing elevation with sweeping smooth curved sheets at the eaves to give the building envelope a strong visual identity. 

A similarly stylish, high quality material was also required for the façade. Kalzip® FC rainscreen was chosen for its attractiveness, its cost-effectiveness and the fact that individual panels can be easily replaced without affecting adjacent components. 

The Kalzip® FC rainscreen’s unique bi-directional (top down and bottom up) installation capability is not only innovative, but it’s also very quick to install - this can have a really positive impact on the site programme and allow for more flexible project scheduling. When working around onsite obstacles such as scaffold connections, individual panels can be omitted and simply affixed once the scaffolding has been removed. Installed on aligned, vertically fixed modular click rails, a key feature of the Kalzip® FC rainscreen system is that each lightweight panel is simply hooked at the top and then ‘clicked’ into place at the bottom - quick, easy and ingenious! 

Being a non-penetrative rainscreen system, no rivets or screws are used to install the Kalzip® FC panels and there are no visible fixings. Suitable for installation onto all common substructures from existing masonry to lightweight steel framing, this rear-ventilated, metal rainscreen system is equally suitable for internal applications. Supplied with edge folding as standard, panels are available in various cover widths ranging from 250 mm – 500 mm and in lengths of up to 8 metres.

Openly available to all contractors, the Kalzip® FC rainscreen is ideal for all new build and refurbishment projects.





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