Heaton Railway Depot

Heaton Railway Depot

Client: Railtrack
Contractor: Pectel Contract Services Ltd
Consultants: Bullens Consultants
Type of works: 11,000m² of Rigidal Thermocore for refurbishment of existing roof as part of the Railtrack Station Regeneration Scheme in the North East

Over 11,000m² of Rigidal's Thermocore composite panels have been specified by national roofing contractor, Pectel Contract Services Ltd to create a new roof at Railtrack's Heaton railway depot in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The refurbishment project involved the removal of the existing twin-skin asbestos roof from the train maintenance depot by roofing specialists Pectel. This was followed by the construction of the new roof where the Rigidal Thermocore composite panels were simply fixed to the existing purlins. Part of the Station Regeneration Scheme, the Heaton depot is one of the last Railtrack premises to undergo refurbishment as part of a 5-year mechanical upgrade plan in the North East.

Rigidal Thermocore is a trapezoidal through-fixed insulated composite panel, which provides an extremely cost-effective roofing solution for both new-build and refurbishment projects. Available in aluminium or steel and a variety of finishes, the high-performance cfc-free polyurethane insulation core provides thermal reliability over the lifetime of the building. The excellent thermal properties of the insulation core easily achieve the stringent requirements of proposed new Building Regulations and avoid any potential problems associated with increased site-assembled thickness such as ease-of-build, structural stability, detailing and overall building aesthetics.

Commenting on the use of Rigidal Thermocore, Chris Hutton, Contracts Manager from Pectel Contract Services said, 'we decided to use Rigidal Thermocore composite panels because a 70mm thickness easily achieved the performance specification put forward by Bullens Consultants. The product proved cost effective and was quick and easy to install on site, which was an essential requirement as the building was occupied during the entire refurbishment programme'.

Rigidal offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of insulated composite panel and cladding solutions available in today's construction industry for both new-build and refurbishment projects. Aluminium or steel, in a variety of colours and finishes the range is completed by the availability if integrated fascias, rooflights, gutters and flashings. A full range of fasteners and fixings completes the package providing a complete one-stop solution.

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