Kingspan Timber Solutions were selected to provide their Kingspan TEK® and Kingspan TEK® Cladding for the project. Kingspan TEK® was used as part of a hybrid structural frame solution for the first phase of the project. The Kingspan TEK® Building System comprises 142mm or 172mm thick structural insulated panels connected with a unique jointing system for walls and roofs.
The second phase of the project comprised a combination of steel frame and Kingspan TEK® cladding panels. This cladding panel solution is an innovative Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPs) – capable of cladding any structure, not just steel but also timber and concrete. The panels were manufactured to suit the individual project needs. Each panel has a standard dimension of width of 200mm (minimum), 1,220mm (maximum) and a length of 7,500mm (maximum) – pre-assembled prior to delivery in the factory using Kingspan TEK’s® unique jointing system.
The panels – consisting of a high performance rigid urethane insulation core, sandwiched between two layers of 15mm oriented strand board (OSB) – were assembled in the Kingspan Timber Solution’s factory to form large elements for efficient crane erection and deliver key benefits including:
- Exceptional thermal performance with wall and roof U-Values of 0.21 – 0.10 W/m2K with typical Y-Values ranging from 0.05 – 0.01
- Highly airtight construction can achieve air permeability of less than 1 m3/hr.m2 at 50 Pa.
- Panels are PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody certified
- The proprietary jointing system used with the Kingspan TEK® Building System creates an incredibly airtight structure which can achieve 1.0 m3/hr.m2 @ 50 Pa.
- Kingspan TEK® Building System is a Passivhaus Institute Certified Building System
- British Board of Agrément (BBA) Approval Inspection Testing Certificate
- NSAI Agrément Certification
Both Kingspan TEK® systems were specified by the architect from the outset due to their many benefits. One of the reasons that the Kingspan TEK® cladding panels were selected was their lightweight structure that enables a fast track building process – helping to reduce construction time. A three man team can typically install 150m2 of Kingspan TEK® Cladding Panels per day, allowing follow-on trades to commence work sooner, once panels are erected and wrapped with a breathable membrane. Both systems also offer excellent thermal and airtightness performances which were ideal for this build.
There were a number of challenges during the build for Kingspan Timber Solutions, these included the integration of M + E work, coordination of the detailing and achieving the erection of the scheme in such a tight timescale. Kingspan Timber Solutions were able to overcome these challenges though leasing closely with the design time as well as using 3D modelling which ultimately helped coordination of the detailing. Thorough communication with the onsite contracts team to maintain the build flow and react positively to any issues arising.
5 Borough Partnership wanted to ensure service users and carers were involved in the design of the build, in order to achieve this, regular meetings were held to look at ongoing plans and where appropriate, 5 Borough Partnership made changes in line with the feedback.
The finished site allows adult patient services to be moved from Leigh Infirmary to the new building where men and women are able to have separate areas. Each patient staying in the hospital is also provided with their own bathroom – something that is not able to be offered in their current accommodation in Leigh Infermary.
The highlights of this project for Kingspan Timber Solutions was achieving successful site operation and delivering the finished building to programme and as designed.
Kingspan Timber Solutions is project and performance centric. Through an extensive product portfolio, the company’s focus is firmly on value engineering and performance. With a collaborative culture, Kingspan Timber Solutions are dependable construction partners who, by using a combination of the highest performing, most sustainable materials and components, design, manufacturer, assemble and project manage the construction of cutting-edge timber solutions. Their systems also include timber frame, structural insulated panel systems (SIPs), glued laminated timber (glulam) and cross laminated timber (CLT).