Richmond Park, Glasgow

State-of-the-Art Materials Help Turn Award-Winning Design into Reality

Glasgow’s The Gorbals is being taken into the 21st century as part of a major, award-winning1 regeneration, and is using technologically-advanced materials to deliver modern performance as well as design.

At the heart of the regenerations is the creation of over 1000 new homes at Richmond Park, a development by housebuilder Bett Homes, which includes construction of six-storey blocks each with 17 x two-bedroom apartments.

To achieve a contemporary look at Richmond Park, Bett Homes has chosen to use some 450m2 of Protan SE1.2mm single ply membrane on each of the blocks with ‘flat’ roofs.

Hot-air welded at the joints and mechanically fixed in place by roofing contractor JMS, the Protan membrane is detailed with omega profiles to give the impression of a metal standing seam roof. Designed to cope with extreme weather conditions without detriment, Protan SE membrane achieves durability for at least 30 years. In addition, air leakage is controlled in line with the latest Building Regulations.

Malcolm Crawford, Bett Homes’ project architectural technician, said, “Protan SE membrane gives us continued aesthetics and clean roof lines to coincide with the modern look of the development, which has a contemporary take on the Scottish style of architecture. We use Protan whenever we are building flat roofs because of its proven performance, customer support and value for money.”

Adds Martin Shave, Protan Domestic Business development Manager, “Modern single ply membranes have come a long way form the traditional flat roofing felts of a generation ago.Today, there are PVC roofs that have been in place, without detriment for 35+ years. Single ply membranes help deliver the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating. Properly installed, there will also be fewer potential site remedials/ snagging than with a tiled roof with mortar-bedded ridge and eaves…..”

Protan SE membrane is one element 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.