Lightweight roof on activity centre contributes to regional building award nomination

By Anita Jaynes on June 06, 2015

A lightweight steel roof installed by Chippenham based Metrotile UK, on a local leisure facility has contributed to a sustainable project being nominated for a regional award.

The new building on the PGL campus in Liddington near Swindon has been nominated for the South West LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015, thanks to its sustainability credentials which include the Metrotile roof.

PGL, which is based in Ross-on-Wye and operates 22 activity centres in the UK, France and Spain took over the site in Liddington five years ago and recently began working on a brand new guest accommodation block that would be known as Ridgeway.

The new timber frame building, which can accommodate 392 guests across 116 rooms, took just 28 weeks to install the building from the ground up, including a rapid roof installation that utilised the Metrotile Bond profile in charcoal.

Metrotile UK was also able to supply custom fittings so that a retrofit photovoltaic system could be installed.

In addition, PGL has used Metrotile products at Liddington on two staff accommodation blocks, once again timber frame and utilising a thermal energy system to provide hot water to the 108 staff members that they house.

Tomy Thompson, regional property manager for PGL, said: “We’ve been using lightweight tiles for many years but this was our first use of Metrotile as they offered the best value proposition.

“However we were very impressed with the quality of the product and pleased to discover they offered customer assistance to match.

“For us, the benefits of lightweight steel roofing are the speed of construction but also the lack of forward maintenance. Bearing in mind that this is a leisure facility, because of the way the tiles are installed there is no prospect of damage causing loose tiles or slates.

“It’s a great product and we hope to work with Metrotile UK again in the future. We are pleased that the facility has received due recognition with the award nomination and we hope to be successful.”

The main contractor on the building work was Powys-based SJ Roberts Construction and the Metrotile UK product was installed by specialist independent roofer Dion Black.

Mr Black, who has been working with Metrotile UK products for more than 20 years, said: “Where I come from, in New Zealand, all roofs are made from lightweight tiles such as Metrotile. It’s how I was brought up on roofing.

“The benefits – cost, sustainability, security, durability – are starting to get more widespread recognition in the UK now and it’s great to see.”

John Cunningham, managing director of Metrotile UK, said: “We are delighted that PGL opted to use our products on the new facility at Liddington and we are equally delighted that the results have been recognised with this award nomination.

“We wish PGL the best of luck at the awards and are looking forward to the prospect of working with them on future projects.”

The nominees will discover if they have won the regional LABC Building Excellence Award at an event held in Plymouth on Friday June 12. Regional winners are automatically shortlisted for the LABC Grand Finals, which are held in London in the autumn.

To find out more about the awards visit: www.labc.co.uk/awards

For more about Metrotile visit: www.metrotile.co.uk

Pictured above: John Cunningham (left) MD of Metrotile UK with Tomy Thompson of PGL, next to the nominated building at Liddington