• Application: 220mm Mineral Wool
  • Area: Bath Spa
  • Client: Bath Spa University
  • Completion Date: 2014
  • Project Type: New Build
  • Installer: Woodman Bros Ltd
  • Bath Spa University

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The Objective

The Bath Spa University development, delivered by main contractor Miller Construction, is an attractive courtyard design with individual houses for up to 10 students where 561 will be housed in these new residential units amidst the beautiful countryside.

The objective of the scheme was to deliver with minimal disruption to the student's experience on a tight schedule maximising the use of the summer holiday period to suit delivering the programme deadline.

This is the second phase of a £70m development on the campus which includes a new academic building. Phase 2 of the Bath Spa University development consists of over eight blocks, each utilising an application of external wall insulation covering 4,800m2with a value of £665.000.

The Challenges

The new build student accommodation provided many challenges to approved sub-contractors; Bristol based Woodman Bros who utilised quality external wall system materials from SPSenvirowall which interfaced seamlessly with stone quoins and window surrounds.

The building was constructed using a pre-fabricated flat slab concrete solution and achieving the thermal performance of 0.18W/m2k within the EWI application.

The use of a 220mm mineral wool system not only provided the desired thermal performance, but also contributed to the buildings acoustic and fire requirements.

The scheme challenged Woodman Bros with limited site storage and delivery restrictions, this meant that site management of both labour and materials was critical to ensure the continuity of work produced the speed of installation that coincided with the main contractors main objectives to minimise disruption to the busy student environment.

To ensure the desired finish, The Woodman Bros applicators utilised their skillset working with a 4mm grain aggregate within the silicone topcoat not commonly used in general external wall insulation application. This also incorporated an Ashlar detail as one of the many feature requirements of the design for the building.

The visually stunning building sits in the existing campus and has been designed in consultation with English Heritage and Natural England which challenged the contractor to replicate a finish that provides a unique blend of modernity and history.

The Benefits

This exciting development now provides outstanding accommodation facilities for the University's students. Combined with a superb new academic building it will ensure that the University is able to offer an excellent experience for future students.

Work on the residential development began June 2013 and was completed September 2014 successfully achieving a BREEAM excellent rating.