Lawhead House, West Lothian

Project: Lawhead House, West Lothian

When it was decided to restore the dilapidated Lawhead House in West Lothian to its former glory, iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials group Saint-Gobain, provided the guttering solution through its cast iron Classical range.

Lawhead House was a large and imposing 19th Century plain harled house with gabled wings and a slate roof and the front elevation displayed decorative panels inscribed MJF and ELR. In its time, in addition to being the home of the owner of the Tarbrax oil shale bing, Lawhead once accommodated teachers who taught the children of workers of the bing. However, in the early 90s it was vacant and fell into disrepair. Local planners sought to restore this historic building to its former glory and were given permission for restoration into a single residential unit in October 2008 and, thanks to the backing of Building at Risk Scotland and some funding by Historic Scotland and the National Lottery, restoration was well underway by 2012.

Jim Burns of Saint-Gobain PAM UK comments: “At Saint-Gobain PAM, we were delighted to play a part in restoring this once splendid property to its former glory. A site take-off of the guttering requirements was completed and we identified that a 6 inch x 4 inch moulded gutter from the Classical range would be the key product. In addition, we designed and manufactured a number of special angles and nozzles at our Telford plant.”

Cast iron gutters and downpipes, servicing the housing and construction markets, have been manufactured at Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s Telford facility for over 100 years.  Today, the company’s Classical range of cast iron traditional half round gutter and circular downpipe systems is designed in accordance with BS 460. The Classical range of rainwater systems offers eight gutter profiles a choice of round, square and rectangular pipes with extensive ranges of associated fittings to suit any building whatever the architectural style. Classical products have been installed at a number of impressive buildings and developments where architectural integrity – which retains and enhances the traditional character of a building - was a key requirement. Classical Plus is offered in a pre-painted, high performance polymer powder alloy coating (PPA571) ready for immediate installation and requiring minimal long-term maintenance.”