Birley and Parkway Fire Stations

Pro-tecting the Build and Environment

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has gone green to protect its frontline.

BAM Construction has built two new fire stations, at Birley and Parkway, for the Service. The stations feature a combination of single ply and green roof, constructed by FCB Roofing using Protan VB250 vapour control layer topped with Protan SE membrane on the flat roofs, and G membrane to create the green roof.

“The whole project is about achieving best value for service delivery and the environment,” explained FCB’s Tony Comrie. “The client decided building two new stations would be more cost-effective and efficient in the long term than maintaining the ageing stations. The same rationale was applied to the new station designs: both include environmental features such as the green roof, air heat source pumps, and PV panels. We continued that approach in our construction of the roofs: in this case, Protan was the most efficient solution to creating two different types of roof, cost-effectively. We could obtain all the key components from one source, and have great technical back-up.”

Added Simon Hancock, Protan Technical Manager, “Protan champions the fact that its products are made from environmentally-friendly raw materials, and manufactured using hydro power. They are also welded using hot air- the most environmentally-friendly welding technique.”

Birley Fire Station is deliberately low-rise; its sloping green roof will help it blend into the neighbouring hills and wood. The two-storey Parkway Station is designed to ‘nestle below the road’; its combination of green and grey single ply roof will also help it blend into its surroundings.

Protan SE, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: it is certified to ≤ -30°. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest Building Regulations. Protan SE membrane is also certified to deliver, and potentially surpass, the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating.

Protan G is a glass fibre reinforced, microbe durable PVC membrane for gravel ballasted roofs, inverted roofs, and green roofs.

Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top 3 membrane manufacturers in Europe. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington office.