January 20, 2021

Providing roof and wall materials for new Highland farm building

Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans has once again demonstrated its ability to supply to projects the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland.

The company, a principal UK provider for steel construction in the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors, supplied products for the roof and walls of a potato shed at Garguston Farm, in Muir of Ord, Ross-shire. The site is in the Scottish Highlands but less than 100 miles from Steadmans’ branch in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire.

Steadmans provided almost 1,300 linear metres of its AS35 composite panels, in merlin grey – almost 750 linear metres, 100mm thick, for the roof and over 530 linear metres, 80mm deep, for the walls. The company also supplied almost 600 linear metres of cold rolled Zed purlins, nearly 250 linear metres of cold rolled side rails and about 40 linear metres of cold rolled eaves beams for the project.

The Steadmans materials were installed by John Duncan Roofing Services, based in Buckie, Moray, which has been in the industry for more than four decades. The company specialises in flat, metal and asbestos cement roofing, fabrication and complete building services. In addition to agricultural buildings, the organisation has significant expertise in industrial premises, car showrooms and garages, sheds and rig installations.

Scott Gordon, of John Duncan Roofing Services, said: “We’ve used Steadmans products regularly for many years, including in a previous potato shed at Garguston Farm, which we completed in 2009. We’ve always found Steadmans’ products thoroughly well-made and dependable, its people knowledgeable and approachable, and its customer care outstanding. We therefore had no worries about specifying the company’s products for the latest job at the farm, and have no doubt we’ll do so for projects elsewhere in the future.”

Garguston Farm is run by Mike Martin and his sons Ally and John. It contains animals such as steers and sheep, plus 1,300 acres of spring barley, 200 acres of high-grade seed potato production and 200 acres of grass. The Martins also operate a co-operative sharing agreement for arable machinery with nearby Foulis Farms, which takes cereal production to 2,500 acres in total.

In addition to composite wall and roof sheets, Steadmans’ output includes steel cladding, galvanised roofing sections, metal cladding, roofing products and fibre cement sheeting. All its relevant products conform to CE marking regulations and meet their requirements.

The company’s AS35 composite panels consist of two coated steel profiles bonded to a core of PIR insulation, which are used to form roofs, down to a four-degree pitch, and walls. Including a comprehensive range of guttering, flashlights, sealants and roof lights, the AS35 system offers swift completion of a wide variety of weatherproof and high quality building envelopes, from commercial and warehouse premises to office blocks.

Manufactured in a quality process certified to ISO 9001:2008, using non-ozone depleting technology, AS35 panels are environmentally responsible, provide excellent thermal performance and have a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in thicknesses ranging from 40mm to 137mm, the panels can be specified to achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations, and are Loss Prevention Certification Board approved.

In addition to its headquarters site in Carlisle, Cumbria, Steadmans has facilities in: Uddingston, near Glasgow; Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company employs 150 people overall and benefits from being part of the SIG UK group.