Safari so good as Steadmans’ materials help create new elephant house.

Case Study Safari so good as Steadmans materials help create new elephant house


Materials made by leading one-stop-shop building products manufacturer Steadmans have been used to build a new elephant house at Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park, near Stirling.

The house is a key part of the new elephant habitat, recently opened by the Princess Royal. It is accommodating three elderly females and its completion marks the end of a five-year redevelopment of their enclosure, with the construction phase having taken more than 18 months.

Steadmans previously provided materials for accommodation at the park housing giraffes, chimpanzees, lemurs, bears and rhinoceroses.

The new elephant house contains 1,000 linear metres of Steadmans AS35 100mm insulated panels, vital for ensuring its temperature does not dip below the minimum permissible 16 degrees Celsius. In addition, the structure includes 1,000 linear metres of zed purlins, 200 linear metres of eaves beams and 225 linear metres of cee sections, which the company supplied.

Steadmans also provided 240 linear metres of roof lights, plus sag bars, eaves and knee braces, side rail struts, diagonal wires, cleats, fixings and flashings for the elephant house.

Gary Gilmour, general manager, Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park, said:

“Our relationship with Steadmans must go back more than 20 years. For the elephant house, we again needed a professional company which would give us good advice and deliver on time, so we knew where to go. I know I can phone Steadmans and they will have come out, measured up the project and sent me a quote in less than a week.

“True to form, Steadmans again displayed first-class knowledge about the materials we needed and delivered a quality service over the elephant house. There were no hold-ups in the materials being delivered and everything arrived on time. We’ll definitely use the company for future projects too.”

Comprising two outer steel skins with an integral PIR insulation core, Steadmans’ AS35 insulated panels are available in a wide range of colours and complement their broad variety of pre-engineered construction products, such as gutters, roof lights and doors.

AS35 panels are manufactured in a quality process certified to ISO 9001:2008, using non-ozone depleting technology. This provides designers with an environmentally-responsible product, with excellent thermal performance and a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in a range of thicknesses, the panels can be specified to achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations. The panels are also Loss Prevention Certification Board approved.

Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park, occupying 120 acres, opened to the public in 1970. The site has several drive-through reserves and a boat safari for visitors. Other animals resident at the park include camels, tigers and zebras. Blair Drummond keeps several exotic and endangered animals in its collection and takes part in captive breeding and research programmes for endangered species.

Steadmans is the leading UK manufacturer of building materials for the agricultural and steel building sectors, specialising in galvanised roofing sections, composite wall and roof sheets, metal cladding, roofing products and fibre cement sheeting.

In addition to its headquarters site in Cumbria, the company has facilities in:

  • Uddingston, near Glasgow;
  • Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland

Steadmans employs 150 people overall and benefits from being part of the SIG UK group.

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