BURLINGTON SHOWS ITS TRUE COLOURS AT LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK HQ
A palette of natural stone products from the UK’s leading producer, Cumbria-based Burlington, features prominently within the overall architectural design scheme adopted for the new Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority Headquarters by Glasgow-based Page & Park Architects.
Renowned for their ability to deliver urban and rural public buildings that are expressive yet sympathetic to their surroundings, Page & Park has specified a combination of Burlington’s natural slate roofing, walling stone, paving and flooring as a means of reflecting the £5 million building’s rural backdrop – the new HQ serving to sweep visitors towards the gates of Balloch Country Park.
Indeed with the building’s form mirroring that of a twin-pitched barn that follows a sinuous shallow S-shape to reflect the nearby road and roundabout, the roof is covered in some 1,900sq m of Burlington Blue/Grey sized natural slates that were installed by Southwest Roofing contractors of Dumfries.
In addition, Page & Park has also used some 300sq m of the same Burlington Blue/Grey Kirkby material as weathered walling stone to create the building’s roadside elevation and to emulate the dry stone wall effect prevalent within the Loch Lomond area. Installed by specialist stonemasons, the 250mm thick stone wall has 200mm of mortar that renders pointing invisible. Furthermore, whilst the Blue/Grey weathered walling stone was laid in courses, this is again invisible except to those with a trained eye.
Completing the palette of natural stone products used for the two-storey structure engineered in Douglas Fir is Burlington Silver/Grey Brandy Crag natural stone. To add consistency and continuity to the silver grey stone being used with a textured finish as external paving in front of the entrance porch, the same material with a honed finish extends into the building’s foyer and atrium area. The walling, paving and flooring were installed by specialist contractors, T A Law of Cumbria.
Commenting on the decision to specify Burlington’s natural stone, Page & Park Director, Karen Pickering said: “In our opinion, not only is Burlington’s natural slate and stone the best available in terms of quality, the same is equally applicable when it comes to the varied range of colours and finishes that it can be supplied in.
“For this particular project, each of the products used on the new headquarters building were extremely close to indigenous materials of the area that are unfortunately no longer available. Furthermore, we have a long and established relationship with Burlington, and not only do they provide us with excellent technical assistance, we often invite them to assist us at the product specification stage and with the appointment of specialist sub-contractors.”