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Leaky car park refurb transforms shopping at Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza is a multi-use shopping destination in Birmingham city centre, in use 24 hours a day. The Plaza suffered from severe water ingress through the main deck, and the waterproofing system in the main plaza, walkways, balconies and car park was in poor condition. A complete refurbishment was required, using a number of systems from IKO PLC.

An IKO inspection revealed that in some places the original waterproofing and screed was saturated with water, with no seal protecting the building.

Under technical guidance from IKO, contractor Rio Asphalt stripped the deteriorating waterproofing system to the concrete substrate to create new drainage channels. Rio Asphalt used IKO Permascreed to reduce the risk of gassing from the saturated screed, then applied IKO Polimar FCS waterproofing across the plaza up to the brickwork and door thresholds. Exposed pedestrian areas were treated with the IKO Polimar FCS balcony and walkway system. Some areas were then backfilled using IKO enertherm XPS insulation board to raise the sections to the desired level, followed by a geotextile membrane, aggregate, and finally paving.

The Plaza remained open throughout the work and the project was completed on time and within budget, with minimal disruption to shoppers and tenants.



Roofshield chosen for golf centre extension at Carnoustie

Roofshield, the unique vapour and air permeable pitched roof underlay has been chosen as part of an exciting new golf centre extension at Carnoustie Golf Links, ahead of the Open Championship’s visit to Carnoustie in July 2018.

The new two-storey building will include a state-of-the-art golf practice and training facility with magnificent views over the golf course.
For more than 21 years the Roofshield name has been synonymous with the highest quality, providing a pitched roof underlay, which is both air and vapour permeable. Recognised as one of the highest performing roofing membrane solutions, it has become the preferred choice of architects, developers and contractors. Tony Bowe site manager for Ogilvie Construction explains his reasons for the selection of Roofshield. “We chose Roofshield because of its superior quality and breathability, assuring protection for the new buildings at Carnoustie.”

Many vapour and air permeable underlays use an airtight VP film layer to achieve their performance, whilst Roofshield’s patented SMS (Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond) structure allows high levels of airflow, in addition to the transport of moisture vapour, making the formation of condensation in the roof space virtually impossible.



Cembrit slates turn heads in Dursley

Easy to install Cembrit Moorland Blue/Black slates have been used on phase two of St Modwen’s new build housing development in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Chosen for their attractive appearance, and following a successful phase one, the Moorlands were once again supplied by Willis Westcott and installed by Mcdonnell-Price, a local roofing contractor.

The properties at Littlecombe have been built using a blend of modern and traditional materials which gives the development a timeless appeal. The Moorland Blue/Black slates provide a contrast with the light coloured fascia materials and surrounding greenery. This clean appearance is enhanced by the first class installation work carried out by McDonnell-Price across the development, which features roofs with Velux windows and many vents and valleys, alongside several pitch variants of between 30 and 45 degrees. Brandon McDonnell, of McDonnell-Price is very satisfied with the end result:

“I’m pleased with the way the project came together – everything just seemed to click into place. We like Cembrit’s Moorland slates and with a project like this, one that involves a lot of detail, it was good to have a slate that is lightweight, as well as easy to cut and fix. I also like the way dark Blue/Black colour stands out and nicely defines the roof lines against the surroundings.”



Hydrostop AH-25 offers fast track solution at Gatwick

Hydrostop AH-25 liquid waterproofing was chosen as a better alternative over BUR on a new build, brownfield site for the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Southern Industrial Roofing, Portsmouth was appointed to undertake the 1800m2 liquid roofing project to the £19m development, Gatwick Diamond Manor Royal.

Hydrostop AH-25 is a wet-on-wet cold applied liquid waterproofing system that contains no solvents or isocyanates, with a very low VOC content. The AH-25 system was applied over a concrete substrate with a bituminous vapour control layer with a liquid roofing board and CTF insulation.

AH-25 is totally impervious to standing water, and as a single component liquid it does not need a catalyst before use. The product comes with a 25-year guarantee which can only be offered by SIG’s DATAC accredited installers.

Southern Industrial Roofing’s MD, Guy Rutherford said:

“Our installers like AH-25 because it goes down wet-on-wet in a single pass, there are virtually no fumes and it’s is extremely quick to install. The system can be applied directly to the face of the insulation board and only requires a 100mm wide self-adhesive jointing tape to be fixed to the joints of the insulation.”



Marley Alutec supplies groundbreaking project

Marley Alutec has supplied its Evoke fascia and soffit range, Aligator Boxer boltless guttering and Flush-fit downpipes to Magnolia House, a new purpose-built £1million support centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The palliative care centre is a first of its kind development, designed to provide a safe-haven for families at their time of need, as well as providing a neutral space to facilitate difficult conversations.

Dan Brown, Project Lead at Pinnegar Hayward Design commented: “It was important for Magnolia House to not feel like a clinical environment. Curves were used within certain elements of the building to help achieve this.”

Products from Marley Alutec’s Evoke fascia and soffit range were used throughout the project. The company worked closely with the contractor Marshdale, who were supplied materials by SIG Roofing in Erdington. Pinnegar Hayward Design specified Marley Alutec’s products because of their curvability, as well as their high-performance values. Combining exceptional durability and aesthetic appearance, the range perfectly complemented the ethos of the project.

Also installed was Marley Alutec’s Aligator Boxer boltless guttering and Flush-fit downpipes. As with all of the company’s aluminium products, the Aligator system requires no specialist tools or contractors to fit or adapt on site and are extremely lightweight and easy to install.



Steel Rainwater: the contractor’s choice for refurb projects

The Potting Shed pub in Langley and David Austin Roses nursery near Shrewsbury are the latest projects to benefit from Infinity – the high-performance steel rainwater system from Alumasc Rainwater. The contractors on both projects opted for steel because of its innate strength and durability. Steel will not crack or corrode, requires little maintenance and resists thermal expansion. Contractors and property owners also benefit from Infinity’s 15-year product warranty for long-term peace of mind.

Steel is also lightweight and easy to install. A dry joint system removes the need for additional silicone sealant, and the gutter lengths and angles are jointed with EPDM rubber sealed connectors for fast and watertight installation.

The versatility of steel rainwater means it can suit traditional buildings such as The Potting Shed pub or a new extension like the timber cladded tea rooms at the David Austin Roses nursery. And while the Infinity range is available in a wide choice of UV resistant colours, the contemporary look of plain galvanised steel was chosen for both these projects.

With its durability, style, easy installation – and at a comparable price to plastic – steel rainwater is cultivating a strong following with discerning contractors.