Abergele Hospital, North Wales
Architect: Design Buro
Type of works: ACTIS multi-foil chosen for use in hospital development due to ease of installation and environmental benefits.
Abergele Hospital in North Wales was originally built in 1910 by the people of Manchester for children from the city who suffered from TB. In 2006, after an extensive site search, Abergele Hospital became the preferred option for the new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit. Laing ORourke was brought in as the supply chain partner on the project using the architectural practice Design Buro to design the new development and put forward materials which would be used.
To deliver the project on time and within budget the decision was made to construct the building with a timber frame. ACTIS Insulation was then approached with the view to using its TRISO-SUPER 10 multi-foil insulation in the roof. The thin multi-foil product was chosen as it enabled developers to quickly and effectively insulate the building. Traditional thick insulation is very time consuming to install and also uses up a lot more space. The thin multi-foil meant that the team could insulate 3,500m2 in approximately half the time.
In addition to its ease of installation, by using ACTIS multi-foil, a number of environmental benefits were also achieved. Firstly, the thermal performance of ACTIS TRISO-SUPER 10, which provides the same insulation benefits as mineral wool products up to 210mm thick* means that the hospital will be able to reduce its energy consumption and ensure that the building remains at a comfortable temperature for its patients, all year round. Secondly, because multi-foils take up infinitely less space, the materials were able to be transported in fewer lorry loads than would have been required if thick insulation had been used.
This was a key factor for the client, explains Steve Horton, Area Sales Manager at ACTIS Insulation. The programme for materials went out to tender and was secured by a Scottish branch of Sheffield Insulations. Because these materials were then transported to North Wales, the fewer runs required meant that the environmental impact was kept to a minimum and cost savings were made.
The installation of ACTIS multi-foil was completed in September 2008. The purpose-built unit is now undergoing the final stages of construction and is set to open its doors in the summer of 2009.
*Thermal performance equivalent to 210mm of mineral wool (λ = 0.04) based on comparative tests conducted under real conditions and certified by BM TRADA Certification Ltd.