The University of Hull, where revered poet Philip Larkin served as Head Librarian for 30 years, has undergone several structural changes since 2015. As well as three of its main areas being subjected to refurbishment, three new buildings have been erected at the site, which caters for more than 16,000 students. Due to the assured quality of its work as a leading UK waterproofing contractor, BriggsAmasco was selected to carry out each challenging project. The installations not only involved upgrading the building’s weatherproofing and thermal performance, a specific requirement was that the roof should maintain the same appearance as the building.
The first installation in 2016 involved the delivery of a 2,700m2 Sarnafil single-ply roof system as part of a refurbishment of the university’s Robert Blackburn building. The same year, BriggsAmasco supplied a built-up roof system – including Permaphalt asphalt (500m2) and a Sarnafil single-ply membrane (1,200m2) – during a renovation of Middleton Hall. The project incurred a strict deadline as the work had to be completed in 2017 to ensure the building’s readiness as a staging post for Hull’s European City of Culture celebrations.
As proof of BriggsAmasco’s superb waterproofing versatility, in 2015 the company also supplied an asphalt surface for one of the campuses busiest pedestrian areas. Wilberforce Walkway had become beset with cracks and uneven surfaces, causing trip hazards and uncomfortable walking conditions for students and staff alike. The walkway required a comprehensive refurbishment programme to return it to prime condition. BriggsAmasco applied an asphalt installation of 1500m2 comprising 15mm Permapark Waterproofing layer and 25mm one coat Permapark Paving layer, before completing the system with a 40mm Permapark Paving crimped finish surface. It ensured the new Wilberforce Walkway will provide University of Hull students with long-term safe and reliable access.
In 2017, BriggsAmasco was recruited to supply 3,400m2 Permatec hot-melt waterproof roof system for the university’s newly-constructed Allam Medical Building. Currently under construction at the site, a sports campus (5,000m2) and new student accommodation (7,800m2) will also benefit from BriggsAmasco’s expertise in Sarnafil & Armouplan single-ply waterproof roof systems.
Each University of Hull project showcased BriggsAmasco’s unerring ability to provide waterproof roofing to the highest specification in line with an agreed timeframe. The maintenance and performance of buildings in the education sector is vital if we are to provide our children with the best possible environment in which to learn. Therefore, when it comes to ensuring a classroom or a hall’s most important feature remains watertight, BriggsAmasco is seen as a contractor to be entrusted with such responsibility.