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Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa

A new state-of-the- art leisure building at a Somerset holiday park in the Mendip Hills has had its roof waterproofed with Icopal’s Sureplan FPO single ply membrane.

Project Overview

Project: New Leisure facilities building, Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa, Cheddar, Somerset.
Completion Date: July 2013.
Contractor: Progressive Systems Ltd.
Main Contractor: Midas Construction.
Client: Darwin Holiday & Leisure Parks
System: Sureplan FPOExtensive Sedum Green Roof Systems 

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Cheddar Woods is the newest park to be launched by Darwin Holiday & Leisure Parks, who in 2013, transformed a former tenting and touring park in the Mendip Hills, Somerset to create a top of the range holiday location. Situated just outside the large village of Cheddar, the park provides lodge type accommodation along with a host of eating and entertainment facilities.

Leisure Facilities

ICS1094-Cheddar-Woods-Resort-Somerset-02-453x266Central to the park is the resort’s main leisure building which is a brand new construction at the site. The new state- of-the-art facilities building hosts a range of leisure activities for guests such as a club restaurant and bar area, farm shop, and swimming pool and gym area, as well as ten-pin bowling, pool tables and a golf simulator.

The building, which includes white lias stone elevations and bespoke curved fascias, forms the heart of the site and had to be innovative but also of sustainable construction with a low carbon footprint. Sustainable features encompassed in the development include a green roof, a CHP plant and monodraught windcatcher units.

The design of the new roof, which covers a mixed range of accomodation beneath such as the restaurant and humid pool areas to the shop and office areas, involved the creation of a curved metal deck structure that would be covered with a new insulated waterproofing system and extensive sedum green roof. The gentle curves of the finished green roof would ensure that the environmental impact of the new development is kept to a minimum, while helping the reduce the site’s carbon footprint. Furthermore, as the site is sat at the foot of the Mendip Hills, the inclusion of the green roof minimises its visual impact on the surrounding countryside.


Sureplan FPO single ply warm roof system was specified as the primary waterproofing barrier above the new metal deck incorporating Icopal’s thermically activated/self adhesive vapour control layer and Thermazone Foilboard Insulation.

Sureplan FPO is a fully recyclable advanced Flexible Polyolefin (FPO) single-ply membrane that is free of PVC and specially formulated for long- term exposure without the use of either polymeric or liquid plasticisers which was the ideal solution to help with the project’s sustainability.

Product Benefits

The Icopal Group continues to invest in the development and manufacture of synthetic single ply technology. Manufactured from flexible polyolefins, Sureplan FPO combines excellent physical product characteristics with superior quality and handling capabilities. Sureplan FPO provides exceptional weather resistance and protection against all temperature extremes. Sureplan FPO is UV resistant and remains virtually unchanged throughout its serviceable life providing an anticipated life expectancy in excess of 20 years. 


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