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REPEAT BUSINESS FOR SARNAFIL AS BAA SPECIFIES ITS ROOFING SYSTEM FOR STANSTED EXTENSION

Sarnafil has successfully completed its contribution to Stansted Airport’s recent baggage and security area extension.

Having established a fruitful working relationship with BAA over several years, spanning similar projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, Sarnafil’s single ply roofing system again became the natural choice for the Essex airport’s latest £50million extension.

Approximately 9,000m sq of Sarnafil’s S327-15EL Light Grey polyester reinforced roofing membrane was mechanically fastened to the extension’s diagrid roof structure using the Sarnafast fixing system.

Also featuring a Plannja profiled metal deck, SarnaVap 1000E polyethylene vapour control layer and Kingspan Thermaroof TR26 polyisocyanurate insulation, the roof structure was assembled off-site by total external envelope package provider Prater, another long-standing Sarnafil collaborator.

As the UK’s third busiest airport, Stansted sees over 21million passengers travel through it each year and hence Sarnafil’s John Vernon, the regional sales manager responsible for this project, believes that the benefits the Sarnafil system and off-site manufacturing bring to a site such as this are manifold.

“The speed and ease in which the Sarnafil system can be installed together with Prater’s ability to assemble the 22-diagrids that formed the roof off-site minimised disruption and maximised access for other trades,” he comments. “On its completion, the roof structure was simply hoisted into position using a 450-tonne crane, facilitating the overall speed and relative simplicity of the project for main contractor Mace.”

Indeed, the strengths the Sarnafil system brings as well as its established working relationships with contractors and client alike proved pivotal in architect Pascal + Watson Limited’s decision to specify its single ply membrane.

“With the Sarnafil roofs on the original terminal and other extensions still going strong, using its single ply membrane in the latest extension was a natural choice,” says Pascal + Watson’s Tyrone Burton. “We were also encouraged by the specification and design support Sarnafil offers, together with its strong relationship with envelope contractor Prater.”

Likewise, Ray Bunn, operations manager for Prater, agrees that tried and tested techniques and solid working relationships were key to its winning tender: “Our ability to pre-assemble the main roof structure close to the site dramatically reduced health and safety issues as well as installation time. Having carried out similar ‘off-site’ projects many times before with both BAA and Sarnafil, we were successfully able to demonstrate our expertise in this area to BAA at pre-contract stage.”

John says he’s also heartened by the repeat business client BAA continues to bring. “BAA’s continued use of the Sarnafil system across its airports is proof positive of our product’s enduring performance and popularity as well as the high regard in which our team’s expertise and support is held,” he continues.

“It’s worth remembering that our now head of technical, Phil Jarratt, first convinced BAA of the benefits of Sarnafil back in the 1980s as a newly recruited technical advisor when single ply was still considered a radical new product, so we as a company take particular pride in our solid relationship with BAA. Long may it continue.”

Email: mail@fsw.co.uk


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