CLADDING & SHEETING
drive to raise standards and ensure
compliance across the industry, it
has recently expanded its scope of
membership to include system installers
who can deliver from specification,
through to the design and construction of
a range of metal-clad buildings.
Every item of the roof or wall from
the supporting steelwork to the smallest
component can have a massive impact
on the success of or failure of a project.
It is vital that all of the components
are compatible and able to perform
adequately as a recognised system.
Commercial considerations are key
factors in the decision-making process,
sometimes at the expense of the project.
For example, how many specifiers
are aware of the subtle differences in
fasteners, sealants or spacers to be able to
select them or do they leave that to others?
One of the issues associated with the
specification/cost link is the term ‘equal
or approved’. For those downstream of the
initial design process, it usually provides
a loophole to initiate change and perhaps
remove an element of cost, remove a
degree of quality or improve margins.
Problems are likely to arise when
components and materials are sourced
New Kingspan TEK visitor centre is a rare breed
Cotswold Farm Park has almost
tripled the size of its visitor facilities
with a new, purpose-built centre,
which combines the aesthetic
appeal of traditional farm building
with the outstanding envelope
performance of the Kingspan
TEK Building System of Structural
Insulated Panels (SIPs).
To upgrade its existing facilities,
the owners chose to construct a
new visitor centre on the site of a
former livestock barn.
Tyack Architects’ design
incorporates traditional facing
materials such as oak featheredge
boarding, a trapezoidal tin roof
and Cotswold stone. However, the
project team needed a structural
solution, which would allow all
building work to be completed
over five-months. Additionally, the
owners were keen for the facility to
be as energy efficient as possible.
The Kingspan TEK Building
System was designed and
installed by Kingspan TEK delivery
partner, Glosford SIPs, forming the
structural shell of the building.
It features a high performance,
rigid insulation core sandwiched
between two layers of OSB/3. The
142mm panels chosen can achieve
U-values of 0.20 W/m2K without
the need for additional insulation.
In addition, their unique jointing
system and OSB/3 facing ensured
a highly airtight building with
excellent insulation continuity,
limiting repeating thermal bridges.
Glosford SIPs worked with the
project team to develop the
initial plans into the design for the
Kingspan TEK Building System.
The panels were precision cut to
the required dimensions, including
openings for all the windows and
doors, and then delivered to site.
The shell was constructed in just
from various different manufacturers,
assembled and then passed off as a
complete cladding system whereas
in reality, it may be a conglomerate of
incompatible products, brought together
to form an assembly, but not a system.
These assemblies are put together
without any consideration for design
constraints, compatibility, long-term
performance and sustainability or health
and safety issues.
This has implications for those who
attempt to assemble the parts and those
who ratify or condone their use, as
subsequent failures will result in claims,
and may result in criminal proceedings if
negligence is a factor.
These problems can easily be
avoided by specifying a fully designed,
manufactured and installed system from
MCRMA members, who understand the
needs of the project and who can design
a fully engineered system for a specific
Choosing an MCRMA member comes
with the reassurance of knowing that all
companies are carefully vetted to ensure
that they have a good trading record,
adequate levels of the relevant liability
insurances, comply with health and safety
legislation, and meet their responsibilities
with regard to environmental issues.
Ash & Lacy’s
used on the
Greg Godeau joins Bond It’s commercial team
Greg Godeau has been appointed
as commercial manager at Bond
It, and started with the company
Originally from the Alps region
in France, Greg has worked in the
UK for over 20 years in various
industries, including the textile,
homewares, medical and chemical
Greg has a strong passion
for export and market growth,
and the various industries he
has worked in have allowed
him to deal with customers and
distributors worldwide, and gain
a strong knowledge of market
differences, customer specificities
and diversification of applications.
Commenting on his new
position, Greg said: “I am really
excited to join Bond It, a dynamic
company with a clear vision and
strong core values. As commercial
manager, I will be working
alongside the strong teams
in our export and marketing
departments to further develop
our presence outside of the UK
and keep on consolidating the
strength of our brand.”
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