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RSPB Rainham Marshes

A building for bird enthusiasts, which nests on a windswept site at the edge of medieval Rainham Marshes on the Thames, is benefiting from our high performance roof insulation.

The Project

The £2 million Environment and Education Centre was designed by architects van Heyningen and Haward (vHH) for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). From its observation deck, bird watchers now have the chance to see species such as Lapwing, Avocet and Little Egret.

From the outset, the RSPB had ambitions to achieve the highest possible environmental credentials for its new centre and the result is a deliberately tough building, designed to withstand the elements.

Products:
Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM and Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM
Location:
Rainham, Essex
Architect:
van Heyningen and Haward Architects
Additional information:
BREEAM 'Excellent'
Due to the reliable lifetime thermal performance of the insulation, the RSPB should also see benefits for the foreseeable future. This longevity will further enhance the building’s sustainability rating, because operational energy use creates the vast majority of environmental impact.

The lifetime performance of our insulation can be attributed to a closed cell structure, which provides resistance to moisture and water vapour ingress. The insulation is also unaffected by air infiltration, so no matter how cold the Rainham Marshes’ wind may blow, the RSPB building’s flat roof insulation will continue to perform.

The new Environment and Education Centre houses a shop and cafe as well as education spaces and offices; and a huge picture-window affords magnificent views across the marshes. Additional features include a ground source heat pump, photovoltaic cells, a rainwater harvesting tank and a 15kW wind turbinet.
 
We specified the Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC/FM and Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM products for Rainham because of their credentials in terms of thermal performance, embodied impact and blowing agent content, were suitable to achieve the related Ene3, Mat4 and Po15 BREEAM credits. Kingspan was very helpful in providing us with all the evidence necessary to secure the ‘Excellent’ score we expect this building to achieve.

Loretta Gentilini-McGregor - Architect, vHH

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