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ADVANCED ROOFING SCOOPS NFRC AWARD FOR SARNAVERT LIVING ROOFS

Advanced Roofing’s installation of a series of Sarnafil SarnaVert living roofs on a bold new University of Sheffield building has taken top honours at the recent National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Awards.

Providing facilities for three of the university’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities departments, Jessop West incorporates three biodiverse living roofs and innovative use of energy-efficient natural light and ventilation with striking design in the form of a multi-coloured glass and stainless steel façade. As such, the £21.2million development designed by architect Sauerbruch Hutton and associate architect RMJM is an exemplar of sustainable building.

Advanced Roofing’s Gordon Harris credits the company winning the coveted Green Roof accolade at the NFRC Excellence in Roofing Awards 2009 with his team’s swift and successful installation of the SarnaVert system in spite of several practical challenges.

As he explains: “The dissimilar construction materials and irregular shape of the three green roofs, not to mention their being located on different levels, are just a few of the challenges faced by Advanced Roofing during construction. The roof is also punctuated with access, rooflight and plant items, so we were also subject to strict time constraints to allow other trades onto the roof to fit these services after completing our installation.”

Crucially, Gordon says that by using the SarnaVert system the team was able to meet the client’s internal waterproofing requirements. “The university needed the building to be watertight at an early stage to progress the internal works,” he adds. “Sarnafil’s product allowed us to deal with the tricky waterproof detailing on the roof and make the building watertight quickly and effectively.”

Communication was fundamental to the project’s successful completion. “We worked closely with main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland to develop a system of work that would allow the early waterproofing. This meant we could then apply the living element of the roof just prior to project completion to prevent possible site damage.”

The city of Sheffield is also something of a pioneer in the implementation of living roofs – with the university playing a lead role in this – and so Advanced Roofing worked with the university direct to ensure the final specification of the roofs’ plant matter met its requirements. “The university has its own Green Roof Centre research group to promote the uptake of green roofs, so they were closely involved in the selection of growing mediums and plant material used on the roof.”

As a result, Gordon says that the building is reaping the benefits that biodiverse roofs bring. “Both the university and the city are trailblazers for biodiversity and these roofs mean that the Jessop West building is working with nature and encouraging local flora and fauna. We were delighted to be involved in such a great project – to be rewarded with an NFRC Award is the icing on the cake.”

Email: mail@fsw.co.uk


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