Kingspan OPTIM-R checks in at the Premier Inn

2 December 2015 Kingspan Insulation
Premier Inn Credit Associated Media Hotel (1)

Visitors to Harrogate’s International Centre (HIC) now don’t have far to go for a good night’s sleep thanks to the construction of an adjoining Premier Inn, featuring Kingspan’s optimum performance, OPTIM-R Roofing System.

HIC is the third largest venue of its kind in the UK, welcoming over 155,000 business visitors every year. The new six-storey Premier Inn provides 107 beds and was designed by Howarth Litchfield Partnership Ltd with Russells Construction operating as the main contractors. It combines modern features with a traditional York stone façade, complementing the surrounding architecture.

To maintain drainage, a wide channel was incorporated into the building’s flat roof. At 18 metres long and over a metre wide, it was essential that this was properly insulated whilst still providing the required fall. Subcontractor Protech Roofing therefore installed the Kingspan OPTIM-R Roofing System.

Kingspan OPTIM-R panels use vacuum insulation technology to achieve the required thermal performance with a far thinner thickness than would be possible with conventional insulation. The 30mm thick Kingspan OPTIM-R panels were fitted within the channel along with OPTIM-R flex infill strips of a matching thickness. These strips can be cut or penetrated to account for all design requirements. A 25mm overlay of Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM was then fitted to receive the adhered single-ply roof membrane.

David McLean, Managing Director from Protech Roofing, commented:

We found the Kingspan OPTIM-R panels lightweight and easy to handle and we were able to get them laid quickly following the plan provided by Kingspan Insulation’s technical team. Obviously it was essential to achieve a U-value that was compliant with the Building Regulations and the Kingspan OPTIM-R Roofing System gave our client the confidence that this would be met without compromising drainage.

20-40 mm thick Kingspan OPTIM-R panels have now been certified under the demanding BDA Agrément® scheme. This independent certification confirms their thermal conductivity of just 0.007 W/m∙K and is accepted by NHBC and the LABC. This can help to fast-track projects through the procedures and approvals processes, reducing costs.

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