32209_32209_Image_FloatingOffice.jpg

Spray foam insulation specified for WWII Ferro concrete barge

  • 16 Jun 2015

  • Share

The Project

Robotmother envisioned the tethered boat housing its maintenance rooms and bunking space, in addition to a mezzanine level office space. It approached Marraum Architecture with a complex, tricky brief.

Originally, rigid PIR foam insulation was specified. However, at the application stage it became apparent that it would not entertain the roof’s jagged roof line and walls of varying depths. The result would have been gaps in the shell structure causing a serious condensation problem.

Walltite Spray Foam insulation

Michael Hormann from Marraum Architecture recognised this and switched the specification to Walltite at a thickness of 160mm.

The contemporary, bold office space combines practicality and maritime chic after its conversion from a WWII Ferro concrete barge.

He explained: “Walltite was the perfect solution for such a tricky shape and the aggressive marine environment demands a seamless airtight solution. As boats are prone to dampness many are now opting to insulate using the innovative material.

“In terms of the practicality of application, this took just a couple of days which meant we were able to make fast progress therefore reducing construction time and cost. It was also good for filling voids and tying the structure together.”

Cosyhome UK applied the closed cell polyurethane spray foam directly onto the fibre glass surface, following the contours of the walls, ceilings and some of the floor forming the basis of the offices.

Results

Sustainable solutions were at the core of the decision making and Walltite helped the walls, floors and ceilings achieve a U-value of 0.12 W/m2K.

Furthermore, the choice of material was paramount in terms of weight as the overall construction weight could not exceed 50 tonnes.

Completed last year and taking three years in total, the contemporary, bold office space combines practicality and maritime chic, and has become a local landmark within the Penryn community

Leave a Reply

More articles

Schueco

Schueco UK Excellence Awards now open for entries

Schueco UK are calling on architects, main contractors and specialist contractors to submit entries to the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.

Posted in Aluminium Products, Articles, Awards, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Doors, Posts, Steel and Structural Frames, Walls, Windows

  • Share
Lifestyle Flooring

Amtico Vs Karndean - Lifestyle Flooring take a look

Lifestyle Flooring have taken a look at two popular types of vinyl flooring; Amtico and Karndean, analysing what to consider when choosing between them.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Floors, Interior Design & Construction, Interiors, Posts, Research & Materials Testing, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Timber Buildings and Timber Products, Wooden products

  • Share
Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 15.59.27

REHAU introduces 5 videos showcasing first-class service for district heating

REHAU has announced that it will be releasing five new videos demonstrating the various benefits provided by its District Heating division.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Heating Systems, Controls and Management, Pipes, Posts

  • Share
Lifestyle Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring Vs Hardwood Flooring - Lifestyle Flooring investigate

Lifestyle Flooring have taken a look at the essential difference between engineered wood flooring and hardwood flooring, with the intention of it helping people make informed decisions.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Floors, Posts, Research & Materials Testing, Timber Buildings and Timber Products, Wooden products