Ramsden Hall Academy Case Study

Set in the heart of the Essex countryside, the new build project at Ramsden Hall Academy has delivered two new educational buildings, transforming the existing residential provision. The completed project has provided the pupils with independent living, along with a modern state of the art educational building.
Project Name Ramsden Hall Academy
Location Billericay
Project Type New Build
Sector Education
Roof Size 2500m2
Main Contractor Morgan Sindall Construction Plc
Specifier Pick Everard Architects
Approved Contractor Apex Roofing Anglia Ltd
Technical Objective Acoustic Solutions

The Specification

To meet the specific requirements for the project, main contractor, Morgan Sindall Construction Plc, worked closely with the Essex County Council Framework, officially known as the Essex Construction Framework 2 for main contractors. The brief from the client was to install a flat roofing system that could deliver on the stringent requirements for acoustic performance to provide a calm and undisturbed teaching and living environment for the pupils. By working closely with architects, Pick Everard, and Morgan Sindall Construction Plc, the Bauder project team proposed Bauder Thermofol PVC single ply system incorporating BauderROCK mineral wool insulation. This specific system was specified to ensure that the complete roofing system met the required acoustic performance, with the aim to minimise the amount of external noise that could be transmitted into the buildings to achieve project specification.

System Installed

The Bauder Thermofol Single Ply PVC system was installed to provide a solution that is durable and resistant to tears, punctures, and the European climate conditions, whilst aesthetically pleasing. This system is lightweight and quick to install making it a cost-effective method. Furthermore, the system build-up incorporated BauderROCK mineral wool insulation to provide a single source solution that met the projects acoustic performance requirements, ensuring that also other key aspects such as technical system performance, site installation requirements and commercial aspects were all met. The single ply membranes have a service live in excess of 35 years, as stated in British Board Agrément (BBA) certificate 06/4354 and the flat roofs for both buildings are covered by Bauder's comprehensive full system guarantee.

System Build-Up

1 Bauder Themofol U15 FB membrane Thermofol U15 Fleece-Backed reinforced membrane was adhered for installation on this project. The system has high grade virgin polymer formulation and good inherent properties in relation to fire performance. This product benefits from being flexible with high tensile strength.
2 BauderROCK insulation BauderROCK was specified because it is a mineral fibre non-combustible insulation with exceptional acoustic performance and fire-resistant properties. The dual density mineral wool composition delivers compressive strength, whilst keeping the overall weight to a minimum and providing high noise absorption which enabled the complete system to meet project requirements.
3 BauderTEC DBR 06 air and vapour control layer This 0.6mm thick air and vapour control layer is technically advanced, self-adhesive, elastomeric, and light weight. The product benefits from cleaner, safer, and faster installation than traditional torch applied membranes, which provided benefits to the main contractor in this project.


Simon Crofton-Sleigh - Senior Design Manager - Morgan Sindall Construction:

The Bauder team provided us with excellent in-depth knowledge of the Bauder material during both the pre-construction and construction stages of the Ramsden project. The support ranged from giving knowledge of the material when coming across intricate detailing with the existing building, which allowed the architect and supply chain to achieve the correct detail. I would highly recommend Bauder to new customers to provide exceptional service.

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