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Mount Carmel Nursing Home

To ensure that the facility is a comfortable and varied environment for many years to come, the decision was made to convert and upgrade an existing building, including the installation of a new Kingspan QuadCore™ Topdek roof.

The Project

Situated in the historical town of Roscrea in Tipperary, the Sisters of Marie Madeleine Postel’s Mount Carmel Nursing Home delivers 24-hour nursing and social care for 31 elderly residents and eight independent living units. To ensure that the facility is a comfortable and varied environment for many years to come, the decision was made to convert and upgrade an existing building, including the installation of a new Kingspan Topdek roof.

Sector:
Health
Location:
Tipperary, Ireland
Completion Date:
2018
Architect:
C. J. Falconer + Associates
Contractor:
Reid Roofing Systems, Ireland
Roof System:
QuadCore™ Topdek (Standing Seam)
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Keeping Comfortable (Design Stage)

The Kingspan Topdek solution was primarily chosen for the roof covering on the project due to its thermal efficiency and excellent structural capabilities. Comprising a trapezoidal steel deck, high-performance insulation core and a robust, single-ply PVC membrane, the system allowed for a highly airtight installation on both new and existing buildings and has the potential to achieve U-values as low as 0.15 w/m2K. This will help to reduce the facility’s heating requirements, saving both energy and money.
 
In addition, the Topdek insulated roof panel also has excellent sound reduction credentials, making it ideal for the project’s roadside location.
 
C. J. Falconer + Associates, Architects
“The roof membrane itself provided a flexible and compatible roof finish, easily sealed in line with the high thermal specification and details required for the building envelope. The Topdek roof added to the overall  energy efficiency of the project. The associated acoustic performance of the panel was an advantage too, given the proximity of this nursing home and independent living units to the adjoining and busy Limerick road.” 
 
David Reid, Managing Director, Reid Roofing Systems
“The roofing application on Mount Carmel Nursing Home and Chapel was unusual in that there were so many variables; from aesthetic pitched roofs, to low pitched roofs, to flat roofs, to vertical cladding, all of which were formed over a combination on new and existing structures.”

A Part of the Community (Design Stage)

It was important that the development sat comfortably within its residential surroundings, creating a sense of cohesion and domesticity despite its large roof span. The grey membrane and standing seam details echoed the architecture and colour palette of the local buildings, with a smart, sleek low-pitch finish. The specialist fabrications, such as aluminium facias, soffits, gutters, downpipes and glazing frames were also powder coated to match.
 
C. J. Falconer + Associates, Architects
 “The membrane and standing seams produced an aesthetically-pleasing roof finish, reflective of  the adjoining buildings and complementary to the existing palette of materials evident in the area.” 
 
David Reid, Managing Director, Reid Roofing Systems
The slate grey finish on the Topdeck panel was enhanced with aesthetic Trocal Standing seams. In terms of detail work, the Topdek system uses laminated metals which are fuse welded to the roof membrane to form seamless connections to perimeter details, penetrations, and to the large vaulted rooflight on the chapel.   

Strength, Safety and Simplicity (Build Stage)

As a healthcare and residential project, it was important that the system could be installed quickly to a good standard. The single component, pre-engineered Topdek system is thinner and lighter than traditional built-up roofs. As a result, this has helped to improve safety and manage project costs as a result of fewer deliveries, minimal handling, and less time spent working at height. The system also includes Kingspan’s self-coring ‘one-step fix’ fastener solution for simple installation process that significantly reduced build time.
All joints were sealed by hot air welding, meaning zero moisture ingress with no risk of interstitial condensation.
 
C. J. Falconer + Associates, Architects
 “The Kingspan Topdek engineered roof deck was also chosen for its structural capabilities, in response the existing spans and structures retained on site. Its application allowed the existing low pitch roof line to be retained, without the need for obtrusive internal structural support solutions. Furthermore, its usage helped to reduce construction  time and minimised the detailing required by some more complex roofing solutions previously offered. The ease of installation of the Topdek system meant that the roof areas could be stripped and sealed within a matter of days, helping protect the building structure from inclement weather and/or any associated damage, as a result of excessive exposure to it.”
David Reid, Managing Director, Reid Roofing Systems
It was clear from our first pre-commencement meeting on site, that CJ Falconer Architects had given great thought as to the roof selection in the context of these diverse variable, and in the selection and application of Topdek as a solution.  The UV Stabilised PVC membrane on the Topdek panel is hot air fuse welded together at all overlaps and joints, to provide a seamless (silicone and mastic free) waterproofing which transitions effortlessly over the various types of applications and gradients involved. 

Standing the Test of Time (Performance)

C. J. Falconer + Associates, Architects
 “The Topdek roof membrane provided a high performance, structural and thermally efficient roofing solution to a multi-functional building, on a complex suburban site.”