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Balancing Barn

Clad in elegant silver tiles,  with walls and roof covered in 0.5mm thick Grade 1.4404, 316L Uginox Bright 

The Balancing Barn is a cantilevered holiday home for clients Living Architecture, a British organization devoted to making architecture an experience, who have a series of outstanding holiday homes in the UK. The building, which is 3O metres long, balances over a descending grassed slope at its midpoint leaving 50% projecting into free space, all made possible by the rigid structure. The beauty of the ever changing Suffolk skies and landscape are reflected in the Uginox Bright surface rejoicing in the season’s colours and moods. Roof and walls are covered using a traditional technique of interlocking stainless steel shingles which are individually secured using secret fixings providing robust and easy clean surface. Specialist contractor CEL from Peterborough undertook the project.The building incorporates four double bedrooms, each with separate bathroom and WC. At the centre of the barn is a hidden staircase providing access to the garden beneath. At opposite ends are the kitchen and large living space. All rooms have full height sliding windows giving wonderful views.  

The advantages of stainless steel:

– Its bright surface finish reflects the evolving colour of the day and of the seasons

– A suitable aspect for this type of contemporary architecture

– An easy implementation of shingles providing robustness to the facade

– A smooth low roughness for easy maintenance

– A grade (316L) suitable for marine atmosphere

Ben Wyvis


The stainless steel cladding in 304L Uginox Top will give a 60-year life; cheaper than many common alternatives.

Ben Wyvis Primary is a new school with 10 classrooms, and community and sports facilities designed to replace ageing provision in the adjoining villages of Maryburgh and Conon Bridge, 12 miles north of Inverness.

The preferred approach was to provide the whole school on a single level, which has resulted in a spread out plan, and to have outward facing classrooms that open on to external patios. 

The school is laid out in a simple steading arrangement with two teaching wings off the main spine. These form an open courtyard orientated to provide maximum sun penetration and wind protection. Construction efficiency and economy was achieved in subtle ways: use of a three-metre planning grid laterally and a common cross-section to allow the use of domestic-scale timber frame construction; and by minimising the external openings to reduce labour costs. The stainless steel cladding in 304L Uginox Top will give a 60-year life; cheaper than many common alternatives. The cladding harks to the agricultural heritage of the area, while still delivering a civic presence. At the end of its life, the material can be recycled.

The design evolved following detailed stakeholder consultation with the Highland Council’s Education Culture and Sport Service as client, the school, local community and interest groups. As this was two schools coming together into one, it was important that the consultation was meaningful and the views of the stakeholders were heard. The locals knew better than the design team how the school would tie into networks on the ground and what would best suit community needs.

The layout was therefore developed so that the nursery allowed easy access, and community facilities were sited alongside dining/kitchen area and the main hall. This maximised the opportunity for community use while ensuring it was remote enough from locations where noise could be an issue.

Pupils advised the team on what they liked to do in the playground, what they would do in a learning garden, and how the school grounds should be developed in a way that would be good for the environment. Their fantastic drawings influenced the site layout and formed part of our planning submission.

The school opened as planned after the mid-term holiday (2013), with pupils marched in from the old schools by a piper. Feedback so far has been very good, though it is early. However, we have been gathering performance data from recent schools, which demonstrates that the whole-life approach to design is working, and that these buildings will cost less in the long-term, and serve better.

Text: Robert Ferrier, Consultancy manager of The Highland Council

Our service offer

Beyond the product offer for the building, it is the accompaniment of your projects that marks our difference.

The technical partnership
We put our technical expertise at your disposal, from the purchase decision to the implementation of your projects. Because that the quality of your products depends on how you use them exposure and the environment to which you are subjected, of the potential you want to exploit, our affairs engineers advise contractors, contractors and contractors laying companies.

Our theoretical and practical ‘Inox Workshops’, located in our Isbergues, train your European employees and operators to the use of stainless steel. Our experts provide training in schools of architecture and design, schools and professional high schools specializing in coverage.

We were involved in the drafting of the Unifified Technical Document 40.44 with CSTB (1) “Cover by sheet metal elements long sheets of stainless steel.” The latter lists the technical rules to be followed in construction, construction, construction, renovation and rehabilitation.

Innovation produces
Stainless Europe has a high-performance research centre dedicated to steels and can rely on all of Aperam’s research. We working in association with materials manufacturers enrich the performance of our stainless steels by combining them other materials, such as glass.

The logistics offer
Our Dedicated European Logistics Platform Building, located in Isbergues, provides you with a level of service that is perfectly suited to your needs. Our stainless steel for coverage is available on stock for formats standard and custom-made products. A team of logisticians motivated by the respect of the deadline and the quality of the service rendered is up to you.

Customer proximity
Stainless Europe also has a commercial network: 16 services and agencies in Europe, to provide quality service and proximity to the players in the construction market.

Want advice? Have a question?
Need help choosing the right stainless steel for your project?

Please call us at +1908 988 0625

Whether you are an architect, roofer, designer, construction company, prime contractor, or distributor, our team of experts can help you with your projects.

Want advice? Have a question?
Need help choosing the right stainless steel for your project?

Please call us at +1908 988 0625

Whether you are an architect, roofer, designer, construction company, prime contractor, or distributor, our team of experts can help you with your projects.

Need
inspiration? 

Take a look at the many projects that have benefited from stainless steel.

Our portfolio includes everything from the latest trends in everyday buildings to some of the world’s most aesthetically daring designs.

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inspiration? 

Take a look at the many projects that have benefited from stainless steel.

Our portfolio includes everything from the latest trends in everyday buildings to some of the world’s most aesthetically daring designs.

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