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Protect Membrane’s reflective membrane solution delivered thermal efficiency for a large new build social housing development in Gorton, Greater Manchester

A combination of Protect TF200 Thermo, the low emissivity, insulating breather membrane and VC Foil Ultra, the internal air and vapour control layer from Protect Membranes has been specified and installed for the social housing development.

Protect’s TF200 Thermo and VC Foil Ultra reflective membranes form part of a comprehensive range of wall, ceiling and floor construction membranes alongside roofing underlays and accessories which are ideal for traditional and offsite construction.

The membranes help ensure the whole building envelope and internal structure can be controlled in terms of moisture management, condensation control and thermal resistance.

Reflective membranes in offsite construction

Constructed offsite in timber frame and erected onsite by Watson Homes on behalf of social housing provider, One Manchester, the reflective membranes were factory-fitted on all external and internal walls across the full development before being delivered to site ready for construction.

Completed in March 2020 and designed by Grays Architecture, the development, named Sandpiper Place, comprises of 26 three-bed houses, available as Rent to Buy.

Built-in partnership with local Gorton based charity Oasis, a new charity centre has also been constructed adjacent to the houses on the same plot, helping to not only regenerate the area but also to provide mental health support to the local community.

The development won the Best Partnership: Council or NHS award at the Inside Housing Awards 2019. The Oasis community centre also won Project of the Year 2020 for the North West at the RICS Social Impact Awards.

Catherine Halstead, development manager at One Manchester, said: “A key emphasis for this design and build project was for all dwellings to be as energy-efficient as possible and meet our overall U-value target.

“The use of insulating reflective membranes from Protect helped to deliver against these objectives.”

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