The Waterloo, Cirencester Case Study - Britmet Lightweight Roofing

Britmet Lightweight Roofing are proud to showcase our latest project with our Client, Bromford Housing Association, to provide a solution to upgrade the roof and mansard areas of 8 blocks of flats in The Waterloo, Cirencester. This was part of a huge investment scheme to improve energy ratings on the dwellings.

The original flat roof covering had failed and had been over-sheeted with a standing seam roof which had also reached its end of life, so a permanent solution was required. Bromford Housing Association utilized Britmet’s “Project Assist” meaning all aspects of the initial stages of design were taken care of; from planning drawings and planning applications, fees and structural surveys progressing into full detailed designs for each individual block of flats – this was all taken care of. 

Due to the presence of asbestos in the original flat roof, for the new pitched roof’s Britmet supplied a spanning base beam flat to pitch system to leave the existing roof undisturbed. Britmet Lightweight Roofing’s Pantile 2000 eave to ridge sheets were used as the main roof covering. This was in keeping with Cirencester’s nearby buildings within a conservation area.

Pantile 2000 is available from 1.53m to 8m in length so was manufactured to suit their rafter lengths meaning virtually no wastage, cutting or head lapping necessary – saving so much time. Furthermore, Pantile 2000 is made in a 0.9mm gauge, allowing for batten spacing to be extended to 1500mm centres and is then tek screwed with a colour matching sela-head fastener, to provide an anti-vandal roof solution.

The mansard area was previously cladded with tired, old concrete tiles that offered no insulation and problematic box gutters. Britmet’s maintenance free solution involved a subtle change to the mansard design encasing the box gutter. We provided new insulation and our Plaintile product as external cladding for an attractive and economic finish. Britmet’s Plaintile is quick to install as it’s only 5 tiles per m² as opposed to traditional clay or concrete plain tiles that fit around 60 tiles per m².

In addition, Britmet’s soffit, fascia and rainwater goods were also used and as a result we have greatly improved thermal performance of the properties, upgrading insulation to the roof and mansard areas, providing the client with a 40-year weather penetration guarantee for the full system. Ultimately this will greatly improve heating bills in the properties. 

Britmet Lightweight Roofing proudly worked in partnership with Novus property services as the main contractor and Art contracts as the roofing contractor on The Waterloo in Cirencester to deliver a fantastic project.

Check out our video on this project here:

Date Posted: 5th March 2020

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