Category Archives: Roofing & Cladding

Accoya® clads popular visitor centre

World-leading wood product benefits renovation of Airfield Farm and Gardens

Accoya®, the world-leading modified wood product manufactured by Accsys Technologies, has been selected to provide timber doors, brise soleil shading and external timber cladding to a number of new facilities at Airfield, a popular urban visitor attraction in south Dublin, Ireland.

Curved daylighting for students

The Kalwall® diffused daylighting system has been specified for a new teaching building at Harper Adams University designed by Michael Hyde architects.

The new Weston building includes a 262 person lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and open access learning and studying areas. The design draws inspiration from the history of the site and acknowledges local context through form and materials.

Flat roof leaks and failures and how to prevent them

Flat roofs have a reputation for being problematic and prone to leaks. SIG Design & Technology’s technical manager Steve Cleminson doesn’t agree and looks at the catalogue of problems revealed after a recent survey on a failing flat roof and how to easily prevent them.

Roof design CPD – now watch online

SIG Design & Technology’s new CPD Seminar, ‘A Structured Approach to Roof Specification and Design’ is now available in online video form. Approved by the RIBA CPD Providers’ Network, this latest seminar introduces the process of roof specification and design by setting out a useful structured approach, which should ensure maximum longevity to the roofing systems you specify.

Improved specification for Eastern White Cedar Shingles supplied by Cembrit

Cembrit imports Eastern White Cedar Shingles from Canada. The sawmills have for many years treated this natural roofing and cladding material to improve durability and have continued to improve the treatment process, increasing its effectiveness and removing toxins and solvents.

Carea takes a stand at The Building Centre

Leading innovator of facade solutions Carea will be showcasing their comprehensive range of cladding systems at their new stand at The Building Centre, the world’s largest permanent exhibition and single source of information for the construction industry.

Sika Sarnafil Specified For UCL Campus

As part of University College London’s significant building and refurbishment works, the Christopher Ingold building now includes 2,000sq m of Sika Sarnafil single ply roofing system, installed by Bedford-based contractor Delomac.

Located at the University’s Bloomsbury site in the heart of London, the campus is one of the university’s busiest. Taking its name from the eminent British chemist, the building is home to the chemistry department and remained fully occupied and operational throughout the refurbishment.

Double Win for Bauder at National Roofing Awards 2014

Flat roofing specialist Bauder was recognised at this year’s National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) annual awards, winning two of the top prizes on offer for its work on Fulham Jetty and the Tintern Abbey Gift Shop. The award winners were announced on May 16th at the Hilton Metropole in London, an event co-hosted by TV Presenter and Interior Designer Linda Barker and NFRC Chief Executive Ray Horwood.

The perfect cladding solutions for those who ‘dare to be different’

ArborClad’s specialist range of high quality cladding, available exclusively through Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ national network, has been expanded for 2014 and is the ideal solution for making a project stand out from the crowd.

The perfect option for both domestic and commercial application, ArborClad is committed to supplying the highest performance products that meet with the environmental demands of the marketplace.

Market demand informs new product launch for Sandtoft

Sandtoft, the roof brand of leading supplier of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, Wienerberger, has announced the launch of its new and improved Cassius tile, after listening to the market and customers alike. Responding to demand, Sandtoft has increased the size of the new tile by 10% – providing a 5% cost saving therefore reducing build cost by 5%.

Housman Hall, Bromsgrove School, Bromsgrove

The £3m development of two blocks for sixth-form boarding in Housman Hall at Bromsgrove School will create 49 new en-suite study bedrooms. The first building was completed in October 2013 with the second due to be finished by the end of August. Robothams Architects specified Klober’s air-open roofing underlay Permo® air as one of only two membranes approved by the NHBC Standard for use without supporting high level ventilation.

Keylite Futuretherm Roof Window: Designed to meet the needs of Architects

The new Keylite Futuretherm roof window range represents a significant investment in research and development, and is 100% focused on innovation in order to deliver improved performance and greatly simplified installation.

Tickford Park Primary School, Milton Keynes

Marley Eternit’s Thrutone fibre cement slates have been specified by Milton Keynes Council for a striking 2,000 square metre school roof replacement project in the historical town of Newport Pagnell, which also used the company’s Cedral Weatherboard to replace existing cladding.

Wienerberger’s e4 brick house helps achieve new building regulations

The building industry now has sight of the 2014 editions of the Building Regulation Part L Approved Documents, providing guidance on cutting carbon emissions through savings in the energy needed to heat, cool, ventilate, light, and supply hot water to new buildings. The new regulations for England require a 6% reduction in CO2 emissions for domestic buildings or 9% for commercial compared to 2010 Building Regulations. Wales has differing regulations for the first time, from 31st July 2014, requiring an 8% reduction in CO2 emissions for domestic buildings compared to the 2010 regulations.

SIG Design Technology help take the risk out of roof design

As roofing systems become more complex and the choice of waterproofing widens, designing a roofing system becomes more of a challenge. One way to remove the risks associated is to draw on the expertise of a specialist who can help you make the right choices.

TAS Stocks Cembrit Corrugated Sheets

Cembrit, the corrugated sheet specialist, has developed a new relationship with TAS Building Supplies, located in Castle Douglas, Scotland. This affiliation sees TAS stocking Cembrit’s Cemsix and B5 corrugated sheets, providing local roofing contractors and builders with easy access to these fibre cement products.

Residential, near York

DuPont™ Corian® was used to create the sparkling modern look of this extension to a family dwelling Near York.

Corian® provides rainscreen cladding which is not only highly effective but also highly decorative.

Lathams’ Latest Cladding Gets Trada Approval

Accoya®LathamCLAD – the modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding – is now available from all eight of James Latham’s timber depots.

Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a revolution in wood technology. And with the 15mm profile having recently received TRADA approval for use as an external cladding product, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where the wider board offers numerous features and benefits including enhanced aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and improved insulation values.

Sandtoft calls for roofing industry to remember the importance of dry fix systems

Sandtoft, the roofing brand of construction supplier Wienerberger, is calling for the roofing industry to remember the importance of dry fix systems as an alternative to traditional mortar, especially in the current wet weather conditions.

Wienerberger announces the launch of ‘BIM Lab’

Wienerberger, the leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, has announced that it will be launching a fully functional Building Information Modelling (BIM) portal on its website. As of April, BIM Lab will be fully live and accessible through

Why is Zinc Roofing and Cladding so Popular with Architects?

Since SIG Design & Technology launched its Zinc & Copper division, there’s been a lot of interest to provide ‘fabricated in the UK’ Zinc systems. The service is supported by metal processing expert Steadman & Sons (an SIG company based in Carlisle) and Bolton fabricator Metal Solutions, enabling specifiers to get fast access to a comprehensive range of zinc roofing, cladding and accessories.

Stay True With Colourful Cembrit

Responding to architectural demand for colour and texture in the urban built environment, external cladding board specialist CEMBRIT has made a colourful start to the New Year. The company has introduced a raft of new additions to its popular cladding range, which now offers around 50 different colours. Cembrit True, is the latest addition, a through-coloured fibre cement board which is ideal for rainscreen cladding applications.

Experienced Sika Sarnafil Contractor Ensures Success Of Newcastle’s New College Roof

The Sarnavert green roof crowning Newcastle Sixth Form College’s new £22 million facility is flourishing thanks to European Roofing System’s (ERS) expertise.

ERS is an experienced Sika Sarnafil registered contractor, which enabled the team to ensure an effective single ply roof system was installed by making two key changes to the original specification to better suit the demands of this particular project.

Bilco shares information online

Leading roof access products manufacturer Bilco has launched a new website,, which provides a library of useful information for architects and specifiers when selecting roof hatches, smoke vents and floor doors. The new site carries vital Building Information Modelling (BIM) information and full CAD drawings for most of Bilco’s products.

Melodie and Maxima – Two new low pitch interlocking clay roof tiles

Marley Eternit is launching two new large format interlocking clay roof tiles to the market, which offer the aesthetic qualities of clay, together with the time and cost saving benefits of interlocking tiles. The new tiles, Maxima and Melodie are available in Natural Red, and can both be used at low minimum pitches for greater design flexibility.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History Reopens to the Public Beard and Purcell’s £2 million roof restoration is completed

 Major works to repair leaks in the glass roof and refresh the interiors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History have been successfully concluded by regional construction company Beard and architects Purcell.

The museum houses the University of Oxford’s scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens.  The Grade I-listed building has been a landmark tourist attraction and centre of learning ever since it first opened in 1860. It is also renowned as the location of the famous Huxley-Wilberforce debate on Darwin’s then recently published theories of evolution by natural selection.

UPVC Cladding Replaces Timber

A refurbishment programme carried out by Newham Council has seen the improvement of 15 timber framed properties on Douglas Road and Ravenscroft Close in Canning Town, E16. With the aim of improving the thermal insulation of the 1960s pre-fabricated houses, and increasing the sustainable elements of the build, the works included the replacement of the timber cladding with fire retardant PVC-U cladding from Swish Building Products.

Residential tower blocks, Aberdeen

Work has now drawn to a close on the £3.6million refurbishment with Steni cladding panels of three residential tower blocks in Aberdeen.

Morven and Grampian Courts, and the sheltered housing scheme Brimmond Court, which were built in 1969/70 in the Balnagask area of the city, had been identified for a thermal upgrade under the city council’s housing capital programme which provides the catalyst to deliver many of the objectives in the housing business plan.

Ibex House, South West London

In the heart of South West London, 150m2 of Carea cladding has helped to provide the finishing touches to a new-build, ultra-modern 19 apartment complex located just yards from Wimbledon Park tube station.

Valley Infants School, Solihull

Rainscreen cladding panels from Steni UK have helped an infants school achieve a new look and a BREEAM rating into the bargain.