Client: Orkney Islands’ Council Housing Service
The Papdale Halls of Residence provides accommodation for secondary school students from both North and South Orkney to enable them to complete their education.
The Papdale Halls of Residence comprises of two, three-storey blocks linked by a ground level passageway and entrance. The blocks are of similar size and were constructed using steel braced frames supporting metal decking for the slabs. The bracing was located in the gable ends and the stairwell and lift cores. BHC erected the steelwork in a fairly regular grid pattern of 3.75 m x 3.75 m with alternative bays larger in one direction at 3.75 m x 6.75 m. By using steel, Kirkwall Grammar School has the option of extending the halls if necessary, as a steel framed extension could easily be bolted on to the existing frame.
Where weather can be unpredictable, such as in the outlying islands of Scotland, using structural steelwork has distinct advantages, not least in the speed of construction. Another advantage of steelwork is its ability to be easily transported from mainland Scotland. For this project, the steelwork was shipped in small 25 tonne loads from our fabrication plant in Carnwath, first to Aberdeen then by ferry to Kirkwall on Orkney, where it was held in a compound until required.