Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM was specified for a world-class performance space in Cardiff.

The Project

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama includes actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Rob Brydon among its celebrated alumni and fellows.

Its £22.5 million BREEAM ‘Excellent’ performance complex, designed by BFLS Architects, includes the 450 seat Dora Stoutzker concert venue, the Richard Burton Theatre, four state-of-the-art rehearsal studios and a terraced cafe bar overlooking the Grade I listed Bute Park.

Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM
Flanagan Lawrence
Additional information:
BREEAM 'Excellent'
We had considered a green roof but as sedum is non-indigenous to Wales that idea would have interfered with our aims for BREEAM ‘Excellent’. Instead we designed a traditional ‘warm deck’ roof build up; and we used Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM to achieve the required U-value whilst keeping the roof build up as low as possible.

Paul Bavister - Associate Director, Flanagan Lawrence
Each performance space is a separate building, but the whole development is linked by a single ‘floating’ roof, which used 2,500m² of Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM, that ties the existing Bute Theatre to the new drama, concert and public arcade spaces. This arcade area serves as an exhibition hall and is the ‘lungs’ for the scheme, facilitatating natural ventilation by using the stack effect.
Due to the challenge of the unique geometry of the roof, Kingspan produced coordinated layout drawings which were a great help to us. The boards were fixed to metal decking and were very fast to install, and the tapered insulation also created the required falls to the drainage outlets. We were pleased with the insulation and with the overall service we got from Kingspan.

Paul Bavister - Associate Director, Flanagan Lawrence

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