St Cuthberts Total Torch

Built Up Roofing Category - 2nd Place

Company: General Asphalte Company

Project: St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Materials used: Total Torch VCL, Total Torch VDL, Tecnatorch

Vandalism to the felted roof of St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Stechford, Birmingham, had led to water ingress for the past 10 years. It was long overdue for a refurbishment. A team of three from General Asphalte spent 12 winter weeks on site, battling the extremes of heat and torrential downpours that caused flooding, to refurbish a total of 1,700m² of flat and pitched roof and a large, circular rooflight.

To add to the challenges, the school had to remain operational and there were no spare facilities for the 400 or so students, so General Asphalte’s site supervisor Mark Neath had to have daily meetings with the headteacher to ensure disruption was kept to an absolute minimum.

Icopal’s Total Torch and Tecnatorch systems were complemented by thicker insulation which meant the upstands of some 40 skylights had to be raised. In addition to the refurbishment of the original roof, which was about 60 years old, General Asphalte also replaced some 50 windows throughout the school.

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