University Science Park going green

A flagship innovation facility from Willmott Dixon using Protan’s single ply polymer membrane will enable energy research and development is utilising advanced ‘green’ technology in its building.

The refurbished building on the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park is being rebuilt to create a new multi-million pound Intelligent Energy System Demonstrator (IESD).

The project includes upgrading the five-storey building’s roof. Sub-contractor Range Roofing used the Protan product, and secured it using a combination of traditional mechanical fix systems and the innovative SFS intec isoweld 3000 system. In total, Range used 1200m2 of Protan SE1.6mm, supplied in 2m wide rolls.

Range Roofing’s Nick Haves said: “Protan’s ability to provide wider material was a big benefit too, giving us greater flexibility in our positioning of the fixings, not necessarily at close centres, yet still ensure the roof would perform. It also offers environmental benefits, which complimented the end-use of the building.”

Due for completion in Spring 2017, the IESD will deliver a space where industry can work alongside the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, to test at scale new power saving and distribution technologies for low cost, environmentally responsible energy sources.