New school steeled for success with Kingspan

A new secondary school situated right at the heart of one of the UK’s most ambitious regeneration projects is on course to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating with the help of products from Kingspan Insulation.

Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Secondary Phase is part of The Works, a £300 million scheme to transform the site of a former steelworks in Blaenau Gwent into a state-of-the-art mixed use development including a new theatre, hospital, housing and a sports centre. Kingspan Insulation’s high performance Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM and Thermaroof TR26 LPC/FM were specified for the school’s flat roof by architects BDP forming part of their passive design approach for the building.

Emma-Louise Selby, Quantity Surveyor from specialist installers Roofbond Roof Restoration Ltd commented:

“The main school roof comprises an area of 3775m² and we needed a solution that could be simply fitted on both the metal and concrete deck areas. By installing the Kingspan Thermataper system we were able to create falls to the roof drainage outlets on both decks whilst also achieving the target roof U-value of 0.20 Wm²/K. To prevent linear thermal bridging we installed Kingspan Thermaroof insulation as an upstand on the internal face of the roof parapets.

We also used Kingspan’s waste take-back scheme on the project and this was a key reason for the products specification, helping to contribute towards credits in the Waste category of the BREEAM assessment.”

Kingspan Insulation Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM has been specially developed with integral falls to eliminate water ponding which can lead to deflection of the deck and reduce the lifespan of a roof. Both Kingspan Thermataper TT46 and Thermaroof TR26 hold a highest possible Green Guide 2008 summary rating of A+ and are certified ‘Very Good’ under the demanding BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard.

Willmott Dixon acted as main contractor on the Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Secondary Phase which complements the recently completed Primary Phase, together delivering education provision for pupils from ages 3-16. The Works scheme has been funded by the Welsh Government, Blaenau Gwent council and a number of other private firms.