The Solaris Centre in Blackpool
Client: Blackpool Borough Council
Specifier: Blackpool Borough Council Architects' Department and Mellor Architects
One of the country's first low energy buildings, The Solaris Centre in Blackpool, features Alwitra's Ultimate Single Ply Roofing System, which has helped to achieve the architect's specification for outstanding sustainability and energy efficiency.
Only products which could offer such extreme sustainability, long life performance or energy efficient qualities were considered for the structure, which will be established as a respected centre of excellence for environmental issues. It will attract visitors from business sectors, energy and sustainability professionals and senior academics who are expected to see the building as a benchmark for the future. Alwitra's Ultimate Roofing System was specified by Blackpool Borough Council Architects' Department and Mellor Architects because of its assured and proven long term performance qualities. Every Alwitra roof has a life expectancy in excess of 30 years, making it a firm favourite with local authority specifiers looking to meet their Egan responsibilities and formulate long term best value performance plans.
The roof specification, comprising 1000m² of Alwitra's Evalon membrane in dark grey, together with the system's standing seam detail, fully bonded to 140mm of Rockwool insulation, was installed by Bootle based licensed contractor, Bamford Roofing. A national network of fully trained, experienced and skilled Alwitra roofing contractors ensures high quality workmanship for every single project.
Alwitra's Evalon membrane forms a critical part of the company's Ultimate Single Ply System, which includes every component to create the most exceptional, high performance flat or pitched roof.
A range of membranes, including Evalon V, Evalastic - a chlorine and halogen free version for environment conscious specifiers, Evalon SA with a self adhesive backing and Solar - the world's first photovoltaic single ply membrane, are supported by a wide range of accessory products. Every component is finely engineered and designed to work in harmony to ensure long-term performance and absolute design and innovation freedom.
The Solaris Centre stands as a first class example of the use of environmental technology in the creation of a facility where 100% of its own energy is self provided. It will offer the community meeting rooms, office facilities, a cyber café and internet suite together with exhibition space and refreshment areas.