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Perry Hall Academy's new roof

New roof for Wolverhampton primary

Perry Hall Academy replaces 65 year-old roof with help from IKO

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 16, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

IKO plc recently completed a project to replace the roof at Perry Hall Academy, a large primary school based in Wolverhampton. 

Built in 1949, the school’s roof was showing its age. A detailed survey revealed serious problems - leaks, cracks in the mastic asphalt, pooled water and poor heat retention. The school decided to replace the roof and have new rooflights fitted to allow in more natural light. 

The new built-up roofing system included enhanced insulation to improve thermal efficiency and a fire retardant additive for improved fire performance. Triple-glazed structural rooflights were also fitted, which are more energy efficient, allow more natural light into the classrooms, and reduce glare and noise.

Kevin O’Connell, IKO’s Business Development Manager, explains: “The academy needed a roof that could be quickly and safely installed [to] provide comprehensive technical support. Some of the work was completed during term time, so strict security measures were in place to keep pupils and staff safe. This included making sure deliveries arrived before the start of the school day, and that work involving moving large amount of ballast was done over weekends and school holidays. 

“On the technical side, we had to design and deliver tapered insulation on inverted roofs at short notice, without holding up the overall project. We also made checks to ensure excess water could easily be cleared.” 

The project was completed on time and on budget, giving the school a BBA-approved system with a 20-year single point guarantee from a British manufacturer.

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