WeatherGuard proves popular at new education campus

WeatherGuard proves popular at new education campus in Omagh

Published: 16/10/2015 00:00

Work has started to turn a former Army base at Lisanelly in Omagh, County Tyrone into a shared education campus.  The Army left the site in 2007 and it has been unused ever since. 

The new education campus will include 6 new schools and phase one of the project has already started.  Phase one is the construction of a new school for Arvalee Special School and Resource Centre, being completed by Woodvale Construction Company who are based in the Omagh area.

Metsä Wood’s Spruce WeatherGuard was used for the roof structure of this construction, using a total of 1,100 sheets.  The original specification for the project was for hardwood plywood but it was changed to WeatherGuard after the benefits were shared with the supply chain.
Mark Giles, UK Plywood Sales Manager for Metsä Wood commented “We knew that WeatherGuard would be an ideal construction material for this project and we were very keen for Woodvale to use it.  The performance of WeatherGuard with regards to its certified structural capabilities, combined with added protection to lessen moisture intake, far exceeds the performance of hardwood plywood in a structural roofing application.”

On this particular project the challenge was that the customer required a plywood that would survive the elements during the construction process.  The packs were left outside on delivery and the sheets in situ for two weeks before the next stage of the build.  After two weeks on the roof, despite heavy rain and poor weather conditions, the water had not soaked through and the sheets were in excellent condition.

MacNaughton Blair is the distributor of Metsä Wood’s WeatherGuard in Ireland. Tony Barton from MacNaughton, Cookstown said “WeatherGuard performed exceptionally well on-site, offering temporary protection against heavy and regular rainfall.  The customer is very impressed with the performance of the panels.  I believe they should be used on all outdoor projects throughout Ireland.”  Tony sold the material to the popular local Merchant P McDermott’s in Omagh, who in turn transacted the sale of the WeatherGuard product and other building materials with Woodvale Construction Company.

William Hetherington from Woodvale Construction Company also commented “We are delighted with the performance of WeatherGuard.  The panels have performed above our expectations and we would recommend them for construction projects and will certainly be specifying this material for other projects.”

Further information regarding Woodvale Construction Company can be found at

Arvalee School is due to open in September 2016.

Download the Spruce Plywood manual for more information on Spruce WeatherGuard and its uses in construction projects.

For further information contact:

Mark Giles, Sales Manager
Metsä Wood, Building and Industry


Above: WeatherGuard sheet in-situ


Above: WeatherGuard remains dry after two weeks exposed to the elements


Above: A total of 1,100 sheets of WeatherGuard were used for this project