Redfields Garden Centre, Fleet

Protecting Design Aesthetics and Environment

A new garden centre is delivering maximum impact with minimal environmental repercussions, through use of innovative materials.

Blue Diamond Group has acquired and redeveloped Redfields garden centre in Fleet. Newspan Building Solutions designed and detailed an entire new structure from ground to and including the roof, then building the 5,700m2 steel frame structure with double-glazed curtain walling, and a striking, 57m long, curving porch, which references a leaf in its design.

Covered with Protan single ply membrane installed by Latchmore Roofing, the porch serves to help achieve compliance with Building Regulations Part L, give the building a presence, provide a dry access for visitors, and reduce potential nuisance to neighbouring residential properties from solar glare. The top of the porch is stepped, with a 100mm drop between the two sections. Newspan designed each porch roof section to feature ‘ribs’ to reflect leaf veining, with the front edge tapered to reflect undulations.

Latchmore mechanically fixed 300m2 of Protan SE1.6mm single ply onto the porch roof, using two different shades of grey, one for each section. Protan SE1.6mm was also used to trim into the steel i-beam along the facing edge.

“The roof design was extremely intricate. Our lads like using Protan, they find it very easy to work with, and we find the company reliable on delivery etc, so it was an obvious choice for this, complex, project,” explained Latchmore Roofing’s Mike Pearce.

Protan SE membrane has a tensile strength of ≥1050N, and tear resistance ≥210N. Developed to withstand the weather extremes of Scandinavia, Protan SE membrane is more flexible than comparable PVC membranes, and delivers reduced risk of fracturing even in extreme cold: it can still be folded at -30°C, and is proven to deliver a life in excess of 30 years.

Protan SE membrane is part of Protan’s comprehensive range of single ply roofing solutions, covered at, all designed to protect value for specifier and contractor.

Manufactured at the company's headquarters in Norway, Protan roofing solutions are guaranteed for a minimum 10 years, but the company has roofs that have been in place for 30+ years without performance-affecting degradation. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice and variable warranty depending on specification is provided from Protan UK's Warrington office.