Tulloch Primary School

A high specification primary school features the first application of a pioneering insulation solution.

The Project

Built on the site of its predecessor, Tulloch Primary School offers high quality learning facilities for 434 pupils along with a new nursery with space for 50 children. Classbases open out onto a shared activity zone, allowing flexible learning, and care has been taken to ensure high levels of natural light throughout. The elegant yet understated external design uses a restricted material palette and simple forms to create a contemporary structure which reflects Scottish design traditions.

Kingspan OPTIM-R E Roofing System
Client/Building owner: :
Perth & Kinross Council
Project Manager:
hub East Central Scotland
NORR Architects
Main Contractor:
Robertson Construction Tayside
Specialist Sub-Contractor:
Advance Building Contracts
Overall, our team considers the issues of sustainability and energy efficiency to be core values in the design of all of our buildings. Tulloch Primary School has been designed to provide an inspiring, low carbon solution which delivers best whole life value to the client. To achieve this, passive design principles and energy demand reduction measures have been priorities ahead of reliance on complex, costly and sometimes unreliable renewable energy technologies. (NORR Architects)

Ground Breaking Solution

The new school building includes a large roof terrace which adjoins the main staff room. To maintain level access to this area, whilst also meeting the project’s demanding U-value requirements, the project team needed an ultra-slim, optimum performance insulation product. The solution was the all new Kingspan OPTIM-R E Roofing System.

Kingspan OPTIM-R E is the latest evolution in vacuum insulation technology. It comprises a Kingspan OPTIM-R panel encapsulated within a high performance PIR insulation board, delivering a thermal conductivity of 0.009 W/m.K — up to three times better than commonly used insulation materials.

The product’s robust PIR envelope provided complete protection for the vacuum insulation core during the installation, allowing the site team to quickly fit the 80mm thick boards. PIR Infill strips of the same thickness were then cut to size and fitted around the outer perimeter of the balcony and around a central drainage penetration. Kingspan OPTIM-R’s.

To Plan

Kingspan Insulation’s specialist OPTIM-R design team created a tailored layout for the OPTIM-R E roofing system. This ensured the best possible ratio of Kingspan OPTIM-R E panels to OPTIM-R flex infill strips, allowing the target U-value to be met with a minimal construction depth.


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