Protan’s prefabricated system has been used to refurbish a learning environment in Cumbria, as specified by Cumbrian Roofing Solutions Ltd.
Client Gen2 has commissioned Thomas Armstrong to convert a former textile factory into its new £4.2million training facility in Lillyhall, as a design and build contract. Due to open in September, the building will provide education for up to 500 students in energy, engineering and technical skills, utilising 3000m2 of “cutting edge” engineering training workshops.
Gen2, which is an OFSTED ‘outstanding’ rated training provider, says the expertise is required to meet the skills demand to support large scale industrial projects, such as the new nuclear power station planned for Moorside, Cumbria.
Cumbrian Roofing Solutions has been sub-contracted to create the roof, and has used 6500m2 of Protan SE1.2mm polyester reinforced PVC prefabricated membrane in dark grey.
Protan’s prefabricated system involves factory-welding of the membrane with Protan’s in-house Proplan software calculating the most efficient usage of material to minimise waste.
Therefore the contractor on site simply has to fix along the edges and abutments, and detail around penetrations etc. Protan produces a range of factory-formed detailing to further simplify the process.
The Protan prefabricated system is cost-competitive with conventional mechanical fixing of standard overlap single ply roof membrane and cuts site welding significantly
Cumbrian Roofing’s Darren Brown concludes: “The roof may be large but it is comparatively clean and simple in its design. It has a few small penetrations, one large barrel vault which runs almost the whole length of the building, and a couple of drainage valleys. Single ply was specified for the roof. It was therefore logical to take advantage of the benefits of Protan’s prefabricated system: it delivered a cost-effective solution, especially in terms of labour.”
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