Hilton Garden Inn, Sunderland

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A new North East hotel has opened its doors with help from roofing and membrane pioneer, Protan.

The new Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland, managed by SFC Hotels, is adjacent to the city’s Stadium of Light. As part of the development, designed by Redbox, main contractor Tolent Construction has used expertise from Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services to create flat roofs on three main blocks.

Metcalfe, in turn, chose to use 1700m2 of Protan EX-A 1.5mm polyester reinforced and fleece-backed membrane, complimented by a further 1300m2 of Protan SE1.6mm single ply membrane, to form durable weatherproof skins for the building.

The former was adhered and the latter mechanically fixed to the concrete and metal deck.

“The different roof deck composition made a choice of membrane the practical solution,” explained Metcalfe’s Mike Thompson.

“A phased installation meant we needed material delivered to site in stages; Protan could provide all the technical support we needed, the diversity of material, and delivery criteria, cost-competitively.”

EX-A is the only system available from Protan that uses adhesives. It has a proven durability of 30+ years, and is quick to install.

Protan SE single ply PVC membrane is available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the membrane achieves 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.

Protan EX-A and SE membranes are developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: they are certified to ≤ -30°. They are proven in practice to last 30 years.

Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top three 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.