Press release – October 2015
VMZINC compact roof for Wyre Forest Crematorium
A standing seam roof in VMZINC QUARTZ-ZINC PLUS® has been used in Howl Associates’ design of Wyre Forest Crematorium in Kidderminster. It consists of a series of ‘floating’ roof forms separated from walls with frameless clerestory glazing. Acoustic considerations were a prime concern due to the proximity of an adjacent industrial estate, major road and rifle range. Zinc, with its Green Guide A rating and compact roof build-up, was selected to deal with the complex geometry of the main chapel and used alongside green roofs on the site maintenance building.
Four Rivers House, Fentiman Walk
Hertford, Herts, SG14 1DB
Tel: 01992 822288
Press release – 18 August 2015
Alu FX – Changing the face of aluminium facades
Alu FX Patina from ALM fills a gap in the metal facade and roofing markets by providing aluminium with a ‘high end aesthetic on a low budget’. Oxidised, brushed and textured black, grey and bronze finishes replicate the appearance of pre-weathered zinc, Oxid copper, oxidised steel, bronze and anodised aluminium, all at up to 60% lighter weight and 50-75% lower cost. Alu FX Patina is lead, chrome and isophorone-free and can be used for all standard roof installations. With a Class A1 Fire Classification (EN13501-1), life expectancy is up to 60 years. For samples, contact email@example.com or call 07000 256467.
Andrew Denham – Business Development Manager
ALM HM’s Warmfast Vapour Barrier for £16m Cambridge University sports centre
Whether specifying zinc, copper, stainless steel or aluminium for a warm roof specification, a high performance vapour barrier is essential. A ‘compact’ warm roof has no underside ventilation so if vapour is able to pass into the roof space it will soon settle on the insulation, severely reducing its performance. When it ultimately hits the underside of the colder metal outer skin it will condense, attack the metal and potentially penetrate the building fabric. Though it utilises simple technology, the vapour barrier’s value is out of all proportion to its cost, preventing development of irreversible damage caused by interstitial condensation.
The new £16m West Cambridge Sports Centre, designed by Arup Associates, has seen ALM HM supply 5000 m2 of Warmfast vapour barrier for use in conjunction with Rheinzink pre-PATINA zinc in Graphite-grey and Linitherm insulation. All Metal Roofing installed a double lock standing seam system with a segmented curving roof on a building designed to provide a focal point for university sport. The project is the first phase of a multi-purpose complex with subsequent buildings likely to be constructed to a similar specification.