Designed by architects Space and built by the Sewell Group for the Esteem Consortium, the Thomas Ferens Academy replaced the existing Sir Henry Cooper School and is set to become a beacon of outstanding practice.  In a building which featured a number of cutting edge green technologies, BriggsAmasco were appointed by Sewell to deliver the full roofing design and specification for three different elements of this distinctive new school.

Throughout the design process, BriggsAmasco worked closely with other designers to ensure all detailed interfaces, of which there were many, were integrated in order to offer the most robust solution.  Detailed planning was needed to ensure that the programme wasn’t compromised, allowing critical internal works to progress unhindered.

For the main roof areas, BriggsAmasco installed a Sarnavap vapour control layer and 130mm thick tapered and flat insulation which was laid on trapezoidal decking.  This 5600m2 watertight, high performance roofing system was completed with the mechanically fixed Sarnafil G  and S 1.2mm thick single ply membranes in light grey to meet the client’s aesthetic and quality criteria.

The BriggsAmasco operatives installed a 600m2 Bauder Built Up Felt roofing system on the Energy Centre which was fully insulated to meet current regulations, and then finished with a Bauder Green Sedum Roof.

Completing the roofing installation, the plant room specification featured a self-adhesive vapour control layer bonded to the concrete deck, PIR insulation, 18mm plywood and the Sika liquid plastics system.

“BriggsAmasco were appointed as part of the team to construct the fantastic Thomas Ferens Academy, delivering three roof areas and taking on the design risk,” commented Martin Standley, Project Manager, Sewell Group. “They were involved throughout each stage of the project and were always there to serve the client’s needs. They embraced the site culture of ‘total quality’ and were part of the positive and professional set of subcontractors that worked together to deliver a world class facility.”

BriggsAmasco’s exceptional workmanship and attention to detail contributed to the design and construction of this high quality sustainable academy which now opened offers a cutting edge facility for more than 1250 students and staff and is set to transform schools in Hull.