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ROCKWOOL Helps The Vine Trust Charity Barge Win A Glasgow Institute Of Architects Award For Education

Earlier this month, Rockwool helped Archial to transform a tired barge into the energy-efficient Vine Trust charity headquarters and secure a Glasgow Institute of Architects Award for the project.

The barge, located in a permanent mooring in Leith, will accommodate Vine Trust staff as well as act as a teaching base to educate school children in Scotland about the plight of some of the poorest communities in South America.

Rockwool was invited by Archial to insulate the roof and internal construction of this not-for-profit project. The former MOD vessel was re-fitted with a new crisp glass and timber construction to house teaching areas, a cinema, exhibition space and multipurpose outdoor performance stage.

Neil Harper, project architect at Archial said: “It was important for us to turn to an insulation brand that we trust. Rockwool gave us peace of mind that the solutions provided for this charitable cause will last and perform effectively.”

Rockwool Flexi was installed in the internal partitions as well as below the deck area to provide a comfortable indoor climate. The patented flexi-edge allowed the insulation to be tightly fitted between frames, helping to improve the energy efficiency of the barge and saving the charity money on heating bills as well as being kind to the planet.

The insulation experts were brought on board to work on the roof and used the Rockwool Tapered Roofing system and a waterproof Sarnafil membrane to ensure it was well insulated. The bespoke system required little installation time and was best suited the design of the construction.

“The main challenge was very limited space in the roof to fit the insulation. Rockwool provided U-value calculations so that the product used was of optimum thickness, and generally advised on the best possible solution,” Neil said.

The Vine Trust barge was opened by HRH Princess Royal on the 26th of September 2011 and was awarded the Glasgow Institute of Architects Award for Education on the 11th November 2011.

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