An impressive new contemporary apartment development in Salford is set to benefit from the superior airtightness performance qualities of Wraptite from the A. Proctor Group.
The Bridgewater Point project is a 220-unit residential apartment building located in the heart of Salford, with ease of access to Media City UK, Manchester City Centre and Manchester’s Metrolink Transport network. Inspired by Fortis Developments, Altrincham, the development offers a mixture of studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, and townhouses, with parking, a gym and a communal garden. Planned over a 78 week build program the Bridgewater Point is due for completion in August 2017.
Project architect Andrew Tate of Bowman Riley Architects, Leeds required a high-quality air tightness membrane and chose Wraptite as an external air barrier as opposed to an internal air barrier system. Unlike internal air barriers, which can be complex and costly to install due to the need to accommodate building services such as electrical, lighting, heating and drainage systems, Wraptite was applied externally, quickly and easily to the Siniat Weather Defence Board in continuous pieces. The membrane fully bonds to virtually any substrate, requiring no mechanical attachment, seals or tapes to suppress air leakage around junctions or penetrations.
Wraptite, the only self-adhering vapour permeable air barrier certifi ed by the BBA, combines the important properties of vapour permeability and airtightness in one self-adhering membrane. The introduction of Wraptite will make a signifi cant contribution to the building’s thermal performance by preventing lateral air movement.
Another important benefit of the system is that Wraptite’s high vapour permeability allows the substrate beneath to dry quickly and moisture vapour to escape. This ensures good indoor air quality and reduces the likelihood of mould, mildew, condensation, timber distortion and metal corrosion, and provides additional protection during the construction phase.