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Icopal Provides New Roofing System To Manchester Housing Development To Neutralise NOx Particles


In response to feedback from tenants raising issues of water leaks and stained walls, Great Places Housing Group instructed IGL Surveying to assess the works necessary. With Icopal’s Noxite capsheet membrane, the project provided the opportunity for environmental concerns to also be addressed. The product neutralises NOx particles in the air, making it ideal for a building in such close proximity to Manchester city centre.

Woodward Place in New Islington, Manchester, was only eight years old when Great Places Housing Group became aware of issues with the roof. They decided the best solution for its tenants was to provide an entirely new roof. It was keen to remain considerate of the tenants whilst work was carried out and tasked IGL Surveying, D.J. Hughes contractors and installers Young & Co with the challenge of carrying out the removal, repairs and installation. This was all to be done whilst tenants still occupied the building.

IGL Surveying took these considerations into account when specifying the roofing system. The existing system was entirely removed by Young & Co down to the plywood deck. The plywood was left so the risk of damage to the surface and potential hazards to tenants could be minimised. Icopal’s thermically activated membrane was then used. Since the vapour control layer bonded directly to the primed plywood without the need of a gas torch, installation time was shortened so disturbance was reduced for the tenants. The added benefit is that the bond is completed when the upper side of the membrane is torched to receive insulation boards.

On top of the challenge to minimise noise and disturbance for the tenants, Young & Co overcame other obstacles too. The limited access granted to roof areas meant careful and considerate planning was needed. Through a collaborative approach with Icopal, and a nomination of dedicated personnel responsible for various aspects of the project, they worked together to eliminate unnecessary delays.

Brent Gaskell from IGL Surveying commented on why Noxite was specified, saying, “We were mindful of the government targets for reducing emissions, plus the fact that we were removing an existing aluminium sheet system. We considered the Noxite membrane, along with the full recycling of the original aluminium sheets, to be the perfect solution. The building is located near to Manchester’s city centre where there are higher than average levels of air pollution from NOx gases in the atmosphere. Aesthetics were not compromised to achieve this solution either, as we were able to opt for the new Dark Grey Noxite, which provided a comparable finish to the original metal sheet roof.”

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