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Industry Choice Award for gold icon that ‘re-wrote the rule book’

The Alchemist at The Bund, Salford Quays, Manchester, an innovative cocktail bar and restaurant, scooped the Industry Choice Award at the 2018 UK Roofing Awards.

The new-build bar has re-written the rule book in terms of what’s possible with zinc cladding.

The project drew heavily on the expertise of SIG Zinc & Copper and installation specialists Longworth Building Services, who employed ground-breaking techniques and strong craftsmanship.

Given the bar’s location – a popular walking route between MediaCityUK and Michael Wilford’s The Lowry – it needed to be a design icon, so Reid Architects conceived a stunning folded gold roof and walls.

The choice of metal cladding exactly suited the precise geometry of the building’s form, and zinc on all surfaces hit the brief for visual quality for all angles, including the roof. The team explored colours other than traditional grey, however when Living Ventures (owners of the bar) saw the gold version, they knew immediately it was the right choice.

The finished building is clad in elZinc Rainbow Gold Protect over an Admaster composite panel, which provides both insulation and acoustic attenuation.


Russell builds on success

SIG Roofing’s Kirkcaldy office has chosen roofing tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles to be the sole specifier of roof tiles on three large projects in Fife, Scotland.

The projects, which are based in Kinghorn, Crombie and Glenrothes, are about to be built by Robertson Partnership Homes and Fife Council, using Russell Roof Tiles’ Grampian tiles.

Russell Roof Tiles’ last project with Robertson Partnership Homes and Fife Council was a huge £12m scheme in Methil Brae, Fife and was one of the Council’s largest social housing projects. Russell Roof Tiles supplied a hefty 100,000 Grampian tiles in Anthracite and Terracotta colours for 101 homes.

The Grampian tile has always been popular as it can provide a natural look as good as slate or clay and the concrete material is also very strong and sturdy!

Fife Council and Robertson Partnership Homes were so impressed with the high-quality product and good, value for money offered by Russell Roof Tiles, they asked for their help again to supply the product on their next big three projects.


St Paul’s Stone Gallery restored

IKO PLC and Sussex Asphalte Ltd recently replaced original asphalt laid in 1906 to the Stone Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral as part of a sensitive conservation project.

At 53 metres high, the Stone Gallery’s exposure to the elements and surface deterioration had caused water ingress inside the Dome. Sussex Asphalte’s skilled craftsmen used IKO Permaphalt, a specially formulated, polymer-modified mastic asphalt, to replace the original materials. Works were phased for continued public access and the asphalt was stripped and re-laid in sections to ensure watertightness – as the asphalt provides a seamless installation. The height and sensitive fabric of the building meant materials were transported to the Gallery via three hoists.

The Gallery includes a central gutter covered by iron grills that were removed, cleaned and refitted on the new asphalt. To apply the correct width of asphalt, a gutter template was fabricated and used as a guide, requiring skilled, precision work. Other detail work involved adjustments to rainwater outlets to improve drainage and a double-angle fillet around the Galley’s circumference – 286 linear metres!

The works were completed ahead of schedule, and IKO and Sussex Asphalte won a UK Roofing Award for Best Mastic Asphalt Project in May.


Redland Regent crowns residential block

The residents of a block of 30 apartments have been saved from years of leaking roofs thanks to Redland’s products. Kearton Place in Surrey was built in the mid 1990s and has been managed on behalf of the freeholders by Richard Mason for the past 18 years.

The roof always had problems with leaks and condensation and 10 years of piecemeal repairs hadn’t helped. Richard brought in The Tiled Roofing Consultancy, which soon uncovered poor workmanship and inadequate supervision as the cause. Chris Thomas of The Tiled Roofing Consultancy drew up a detailed specification for the replacement roof, using Redland products throughout.

The roofing details included replacing the mortar bedding with the Dry Vent Ridge system together with the Redland Dry Hip system and Kro-Clips fixing the cut tiles. At the eaves, he specified 10mm Redland RedVent Eaves Vent, with Extension Trays into the loft space. The Cloaked Verge System was installed where the module sizes provided a sensible fit.

“The new roof has brought the building back to life, and now the roof has been brought up to 21st century standards and should not need any major maintenance for the next 50 plus years,” commented Richard.


Rockwool creates a calm, productive, learning environment

External, ambient noise can be a major headache for schools, causing distraction to students and potentially impacting their academic performance. The National Autistic Society Anderson School and Enterprise Campus, a major new-build, autism-specific facility in Chigwell, Essex, installed effective, sound-reducing insulation to address this priority issue. The result; a calm, productive and quiet learning environment for all students.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive at The National Autistic Society, said: “Our ambition is to transform the lives of autistic young people and our aim for this campus is that every child leaving school will go into meaningful, paid employment or other activity. From small class sizes to purpose-built calm rooms, and therapy rooms, we’ll make adjustments to each student’s environment to help them reach their full potential.”

Project designers and specifiers, RMA Architects, recognised the role that effective sound-insulation could play in helping to meet this objective for the school. Working in close partnership with roof waterproofing-membrane designer and manufacturer, Axter Limited, and Axtershield Installer, roofing contractor, Avonside Group, ROCKWOOL has successfully met all the challenges on the project using its HARDROCK® Multi-Fix Dual Density (DD) board.


Cembrit Glendyne natural slate puts a Devonian roof on a Jurassic collection!

Cembrit Glendyne natural slate brings the home of fossils to life, by adding distinctive style, character, and impressive performance to The Etches Collection museum roof in Kimmeridge.

The Etches Collection lies in the beautiful village of Kimmeridge, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Dorset coastline. Listed as one of the twelve new museums to visit in 2016, it houses the collection of Steve Etches MBE, who collected and researched over 2,000 late Jurassic Kimmeridgian fossils for over 30 years. The museum uses a blend of modern and traditional materials, which gives the property a timeless appeal, whilst also complementing the natural beauty of its surroundings.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, charitable trusts, and the local community, the building was designed to fulfil several sustainable criteria. London-based architect, Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects presented the planners and Kimmeridge Trust with roofing samples to review, which resulted in Cembrit Glendyne slates being specified.

Janie Price from Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects comments “Glendyne slates, together with Haysom Purbeck Stone, have successfully blended the museum into the surrounding traditional cottages. The slates allow the design to fit the traditional vernacular whilst its detailing is contemporary.”


Alumasc Rainwater is the perfect match for Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Alumasc Rainwater, part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), was specified as part of phase one of a £48m project to redevelop the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The building includes 185 mental health bedrooms and accommodates an adult acute mental health inpatient service.

Alumasc’s aluminium Guardian security downpipes were the perfect match for this contemporary building. The range is purposely designed for high security environments and benefits from a sharp aesthetic look. The downpipe profiles are fitted flush to the wall with a unique concealed bracketry and jointing that makes them vandal-resistant and anti-climb.

Architects NORR worked with contractors Morrison Construction to deliver the project. As the style of the building meant that regular gutters and downpipes would not work, Alumasc Rainwater’s technical team designed, manufactured and delivered a bespoke solution within the required timescale. This unique service was much welcomed by Morrison Construction and helped avoid problems and delays at a later stage of the project.

Guardian downpipes are available in BBA approved polyester, powder-coated finish, with a range of 26 standard RAL colours, along with the ability to match any RAL or BS colour.

For more information visit: www.alumascrainwater.co.uk


Brighton Belle regains its crown

One of the landmarks of the Brighton seafront, the upmarket Abbotts Building, is once again watertight and guaranteed to remain so for 25 years now that a new roof has been specified, manufactured and supplied by Icopal and installed by an Icopal approved contractor.

Thermal imaging showed that water had penetrated through the top layer of asphalt and then travelled along the roof until it penetrated through the next layer and through to the concrete deck beneath. Previous repairs had been ineffective as it was impossible to find exactly where the leaks had started from where they emerged.

IMA member, Clarke Roofing (Southern), was awarded the contract and installed Icopal QD Bitumen Primer on top of the existing mastic asphalt, before then installing the vapour control layer, Profiles Vapour Vent XL, and the adhesive layer, Bonding To Bitumen Stripes. The insulation was Thermazone Torch-On Insulation, with Profiles Vent XL U/L underlay and a capsheet of Profiles XL PLUS FireSmart® Mineral.

Clarke Roofing was on site for six weeks, assisted by Icopal throughout via regular contact and on-site inspections.