Barony Campus, Cumnock, East Ayreshire

Barony Campus is a new £68m education facility in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Gripple supplied Trapeze Plus FR, Catenary Kits, C-Clips, Universal Brackets, Standard Hangers, Y-Fit Accessories and QT Universal Clamps to secure a range of M&E services on-site.


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  • Building Type: Education
  • Main Contractor: Morrison Construction
  • Subcontractor: Castle Building Services
  • Services: Pipework, Electrical and HVAC
“This is the first company I’ve worked for that has introduced me to Gripple. Their products are far greater than the old system of threaded rod and strut. It’s absolutely fantastic - so easy to install!”
Electrical Chargehand, Castle Building Services

Comprising four blocks, the campus houses two new primary schools, two academies and an ASN school. Gripple worked with Castle Building Services on the project, from initial concept design to delivery. The team utilised BIM to ensure exact product specification, reduce waste and undertake clash detection ahead of installation.

Main contractor for the project, Morrison Construction, built a 23,000m² campus across a 20 hectare site. The new education facility caters for over 2,500 students and is Scotland's largest school. The campus has modern sports facilities, including a 400 m four-lane running track with six sprint lanes, two grass pitches, a seven-a-side floodlit synthetic pitch, outdoor basketball court and 13 indoor courts. The local Scottish community also now have access to further recreational spaces including a café, theatre, catering facilities, recording studios and meeting rooms.

For this project, Castle Building Services chose to use Gripple solutions for the suspension of mechanical and electrical containment as well as the suspension of radiant panels. Gripple Technical Services, a qualified team of engineering physicists and mechanical engineers, provided Castle Building Services with an installation design service which consisted of numerous 3D BIM objects and 2D bracket detail drawings to assist with design and installation. Gripple was able to work collaboratively with Castle’s Technical BIM team to coordinate the design and placement of M&E bracketry across the campus.

Castle have now used Gripple products on various projects as a proven method of drastically reducing installation times on-site, while also delivering aesthetically pleasing results. Castle used Gripple Catenary Kits to suspend cable baskets on-site in instances where longer drop lengths were required. Catenary Kits require no additional channel or structural steels to be installed. They create a secure, overhead span by running high strength wire rope between two fixing points. Gripple C-Clips allow for suspensions to be placed anywhere along the span, due to its innovative twist on/off functionality.

Castle also opted to use Trapeze Plus FR, Gripple's certified fire-rated suspension solution which delivered significant time savings for the installation of electrical and mechanical containment within the development. Trapeze Plus FR has been independently tested and is a fully compliant, fire-resistant suspension system which is suitable for a range of applications. Adjustments can be made completely tool-free, allowing contractors to save time and labour and allow for adjustment of height during installation.

In conjunction with Trapeze Plus FR, Universal Brackets and Cable Basket Adaptors were used to efficiently connect Gripple systems to cable baskets on-site. Gripple QT Universal Clamps were used for the suspension of pipework and Y-Fit Accessories and Standard Hangers were also used across the development for the suspension of radiant panels among other services.

  Gripple solution Traditional method
Overview Catenary Kits, C-Clips, Trapeze Plus FR, Universal Brackets, Standard Hangers, Y-Fit Accessories, Cable Basket Adaptors and QT Universal Clamps Channel, threaded rod, channel nuts and pipe rings
Installation time 2,985 hours 13,337 hours
Total material weight 8,182 kg 59,761 kg
Total embodied CO2 18,573 kg 135,660 kg
“Gripple products are at least 7 or 8 times quicker to install than traditional methods. I would recommend their products to everyone. There’s no way I’d go back to using threaded rod now I’ve seen the benefits of using Gripple.”
Electrical Chargehand, Castle Building Services
Tags: Building Services

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