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Ferry impressive teamwork
Published:  14 February, 2019

British Gypsum and its supply partner, Nevill Long, have supplied materials for a multi-million-pound regeneration of the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Scotland.

The £12 million project took one year and involved a number of acoustic and fire performance upgrades. Nevill Long was approached by the contractor and recommended British Gypsum’s products.

Business Unit Manager Willie Main said: “The company’s bespoke boards were an ideal solution for the client, who was looking to overcome some of the difficult challenges associated with the build.

“It’s important for a specialist distributor like us, to be able to recommend unique products to meet every design challenge and British Gypsum’s innovative product range really helped us to achieve our goal.”

Outside of the architectural and performance-related challenges, the project faced a number of logistical issues. The hall is located in the small Scottish town of Dunoon and sits on the south of the Holy Loch, a large body of water which the auditorium overlooks. Most visitors reach the town via ferry, as accessing the area by land involves navigating long, narrow country roads.

Given the size and scale of the products that needed to be delivered to the project, it was decided that transporting the materials over land was not viable. Instead, the joint team at British Gypsum and Nevill Long elected to supply the goods to site via ferry, with further team members waiting on the other side to unpack and deliver to site.

Main said: “In total, more than 3,500 m2 of Gyproc Habito plasterboard alone was delivered to site.

“This undertaking normally requires the use of large vans, however the roads that surround the town were inaccessible for that type of vehicle.

“After careful consultation, we felt that the ferry offered the best solution to reduce the time and financial burden. It was a real joint effort with British Gypsum to ensure we were able to fulfil the order with minimum fuss and provide a smooth service for the customer.”