Reflective membrane solution delivers thermal efficiency for large social housing development


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A combination of Protect TF200 Thermo, the low emissivity, insulating breather membrane and
VC Foil Ultra, the internal air and vapour control layer from Protect Membranes has been specified and installed as part of an award winning, large new build social housing development in Gorton, Greater Manchester.

Constructed offsite in timber frame and erected onsite by Watson Homes on behalf of social housing provider, One Manchester, the reflective membranes were factory-fitted by a Scottish timber frame manufacturer on all external and internal walls across the full development before being delivered to site ready for construction.

Completed in March 2020 and designed by Grays Architecture, the development, named Sandpiper Place, comprises of twenty six, three bed houses, available as Rent to Buy. Built in partnership with local Gorton based charity Oasis, a new charity centre has also been constructed adjacent to the houses on the same plot, helping to not only re-generate the area but also to provide mental health support to the local community. The development won the Best Partnership: Council or NHS award at the 2019 Inside Housing Awards.  The Oasis community centre also won Project of the Year 2020 for the North West at the RICS Social Impact Awards.

Catherine Halstead, Development Manager at One Manchester commented, “A key emphasis for this design and build project was for all dwellings to be as energy efficient as possible and meet our overall U-value target.  The use of insulating reflective membranes from Protect helped to deliver against these objectives.”

Protect’s TF200 Thermo reflective membrane was factory fitted to timber frame panels before being delivered to site ready for construction

Protect’s TF200 Thermo and VC Foil Ultra reflective membranes form part of a comprehensive range of wall, ceiling and floor construction membranes alongside roofing underlays and accessories which are ideal for traditional and offsite construction, to help ensure the whole building envelope and internal structure can be controlled in terms of moisture management, condensation control and thermal resistance.

As the construction industry gears up to getting fully back to work, Glidevale Protect is open for business, with our employees working from home to support our customers. If you require technical support on existing projects or wish to discuss new specifications, we are on hand remotely to assist.

We can also help with U-value calculations, design guidance, building regulations advice, site take-offs, product specification details and clauses as well as structured quotes. If you need to order products, we have support staff working from home who are able to take orders and arrange delivery from stock, throughout the UK and Ireland, via a selected number of employees in place at our factories, operating under social distancing guidelines.

For more information visit, email or call 0161 905 5700, quoting ‘One Manchester.’