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ICB offers an innovative alternative to lead cladding

Monday November 19th, 2012

Norden Farm Arts Centre

Lead theft is currently at record highs which has left building owners struggling to find roof and cladding replacement systems which maintain aesthetics but deter thieves. Following a string of lead panel thefts from the frontage of an arts centre in Berkshire, market leader in sustainable roofing solutions ICB provided the owners with an innovative, cost effective solution which was not only in keeping with the original design but also offered long term waterproofing performance.

The Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead had experienced a number of thefts of lead panels which graced the frontage of the building. Faced with the loss and the inherent waterproofing issues, the arts centre wanted an alternative replacement to this high value metal which met their requirements.

‘The client didn't want the building's look to be significantly altered, and we were tasked with keeping it looking as it did with the lead in place,' commented Mick Smith, Regional Technical Sales Manager ICB.

Following close consultation with the client, ICB provided a bespoke solution for the 1m2 panels which resulted in the specification of 200m2 of XTEVA® single ply waterproof membrane. A superior cost effective product with a winning combination of EVA and PVC, XTEVA® is one of the strongest roofing membranes on the market and its flexibility and ease of installation proved ideal for this unusual project.

The original lead had been wrapped around a plywood panel, with hooks to the rear for easy installation and removal, and these panels were utilised to adhere the XTEVA® to in a similar fashion. This was the greatest challenge to the project as each individual panel had to be covered, rather than a conventional roof where much larger areas can be covered quickly. In total, more than 200 panels were covered, mainly of a uniform size, but with some corner panels, and smaller triangular elements where they met the pitch of the roof.

With the panels now back in place, ICB's bespoke solution has helped to create a stylish, aesthetically pleasing cladding system which will serve the arts centre for years to come.


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