Weatherproofing and building penetrations at Fulham FC’s updated stadium

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Fulham FC’s football ground, also known as Craven Cottage, has recently been transformed with the construction of its new riverside stand. And the team at Jones and Woolman UK have made sure to fully weatherproof every building penetration as well as the roof and on this £80m structure.

Stadium weatherproofing and building penetrations

The impressive development, which backs up to the River Thames, is built on marine piling, extending buildable space into the river and allowing the riverside path to be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists. The stand features two tiers of seating, increasing the stadium’s capacity by 8,650 people. Once completed, it will also serve the broader community with restaurants, events spaces, a boutique hotel and a health club with rooftop pool.

With so much going on inside the Riverside Stand, it’s no surprise that hundreds of building penetrations were required, from water and soil pipes to electrical supplies, HVAC vents and data and communications cables and cable trays. To help make the stand more sustainable, a significant portion of the roof is also covered in solar panels, meaning even more roof penetrations were needed to feed the electricity into the building.

Tom West, project manager at Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd says that Jones and Woolman UK were called in to make sure that the roof was weatherproofed and that all of the vertical penetrations were fully sealed against weather ingress.
“Jones and Woolman UK was recommended by one of my colleagues who worked with them on a previous sports stadium weatherproofing project,” he explains. “He said he was really happy to work with them, and that’s how J&W got involved in the project,” he adds.

Weathering the challenges

Tom explains that this was an extremely complex project, with challenges ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to industry-wide shortages of labour and materials.

With much of the construction work being carried out from barges on the Thames, he had to organise barges and plan for the tides. Plus, the football stadium was still in regular operation throughout the building programme. Work had to be paused on match days for safety reasons and inspections had to be carried out to ensure that players, team management, the press and ball boys could access the unfinished stand safely.

Tom says that all of these challenges meant that scheduling the weatherproofing work was sometimes difficult. “We had to be reactive to how the project was going, and that sometimes-meant minimal lead times for getting the J&W team out” he explains. It was sometimes tricky, but he liaised with Steve Smith, technical manager at Jones and Woolman UK, on a regular basis and “work was always completed within our time restraints”.

Weatherproofing and building penetration goals

To weatherproof the roof and building penetrations, Jones and Woolman UK had to use a variety of skills and techniques. Through our design and build service, fibreglass service risers, upstands and details were custom-made to fit around the penetrations, and everything was sealed with our GRP cold-applied liquid.

“The result looks great; they’ve done a really professional job,” Tom says, noting that the team dealt with the access issues and other challenges really well. “They’ve had a lot of patience, the guys on site were great to work with, the workmanship is good; I can’t fault them for anything,” he adds.

If you’d like to learn more about our range of weatherproofing and building penetration services or discuss your weatherproofing requirements with a member of our team, please get in touch. You can phone us on 01922 712111 or contact us using the form on this page.

Installation and weatherproofing rooflights at Chiltern Brewery

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Chiltern Brewery is a real-ale manufacturer located on an old working farm in the heart of the Chiltern Hills. Established in 1980, it is the oldest independent brewery in Buckinghamshire. When the company decided to give the brewery an update, Jones and Woolman UK were chosen to make sure the building penetrations were weatherproof and thermally robust.

The project involved the construction of a purpose-built brewery barn, enabling the brewery to meet the growing demand for its beers. The new structure has been designed to fit in perfectly with the picturesque farmland surrounding it, and VELUX Commercial rooflights have been selected to provide natural daylight to the interior.

Installing and weatherproofing rooflights

Jones and Woolman UK have a close relationship with VELUX Commercial, and have worked with the well-known rooflighting brand on several commercial rooflight installation projects across the UK, explains Steve Smith, technical manager at Jones and Woolman UK. “This made us the perfect choice for ensuring the rooflights at Chiltern Brewery went in easily, but also safely and securely,” he adds.

With our extensive experience and knowledge of VELUX Commercial products, our team is fully trained on the installation and weatherproofing of its range of rooflights. We can custom-build upstands and curbs to provide structural support and weather protection, and our cold-applied GRP weatherproofing solution provides a professional and attractive finish.

GRP weatherproofing is also joint-free, prevents leaks and thermal breaks, contributing to the thermal performance of the building and ensuring the building envelope achieves the required U-values.

Corrosion-free weatherproofing for rooflights

Because beer is a corrosive substance, corrosion resistance was an important consideration for this project. “Beer is acidic, and the live cultures used in the brewing process can also cause corrosion,” explains Steve. “There’s also the potential for exposure to harsh cleaning products, so it was essential that our installation would be able to withstand years of exposure to corrosive conditions.”

GRP is an excellent choice for weatherproofing in corrosive environments, as it doesn’t react to most acids, chlorides, or solvents. It also doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria or other microorganisms. “Using GRP to weatherproof the roof penetrations of the brewery will ensure that the roof stays leak-free and provides excellent thermal performance,” Steve adds.

Weatherproofing commercial rooflights across the UK

As experts in building penetrations and weatherproofing, Jones and Woolman UK has worked on commercial rooflight installation projects across the UK. Our team is fully trained to provide high-quality results and service, and we offer a 25-year system warranty.

If you’d like to find out more about the installation of VELUX Commercial rooflights and weatherproofing rooflights with GRP, or to discuss your project with a member of our team, please contact us on 01922 712111 or use the form on this page.

Weatherproofing complex commercial roofs across the UK

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For retail, and commercial buildings in general, reliable weatherproofing is a must, as it protects valuable stock. It can also ensure a pleasant indoor environment for customers and staff by protecting the building envelope and supporting its U-values and performance. So when steel-frame building experts A. J. Lowther & Son needed to weatherproof building penetrations on some new retail units, they called in the team at Jones and Woolman UK.

A wide range of weatherproofing services

The buildings, one located in Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire and two side by side in Bishop’s Cleeve in Gloucestershire, were commissioned by a private client. Each three-storey unit was designed to house a supermarket on the ground level, with a gym, cafe and office space in the upper two storeys.

Jones and Woolman UK helped to install rooflights and upstands on one of the buildings and we ensured that all building penetrations for M&E services were fully protected from water ingress. We also installed GRP linings to weather the terraces of the cafes.

Because of the town-centre location of these buildings, planning permission required unusual rooflines to fit in with neighbouring properties. This meant that the roofs weren’t typical commercial flat roofs, but rather tiled pitched roofs with gables and dormers.
Jamie Mills from A. J. Lowther & Son, adds: “Conservation rooflights were specified in order to meet local planning requirements in keeping with the local vernacular.”

Weatherproofing unusual rooflines

The challenge of the unusual rooflines wasn’t a problem for the team at Jones and Woolman. Our extensive experience working on a wide range of roof types, from commercial to domestic, meant that we were able to install the rooflights and weatherproof the building penetrations without any difficulties.

Jamie says that he was very happy with the results. “A. J. Lowther & Son have worked with J&W for many years,” he explains, adding that he is always happy with the quality of work and level of service he receives from Jones and Woolman UK. He notes that, in his experience, no other company works to such a consistently high standard, or provides the same level of warranty on their products and services.

Roof weatherproofing services

With more than 40 years of experience, Jones and Woolman UK has worked on weatherproofing and building penetration projects across the UK. We are proud to provide the highest level of service and quality. Our work is also covered by a 25-year system warranty.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help with commercial weatherproofing, or any other services, please get in touch on 01922 712111 or use the form on this page.

Bespoke penetration solutions for Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility

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Gloucester energy from waste building

When a robust weatherproofed vertical penetration system was required for the EfW facility in Gloucestershire, Jones & Woolman UK were recommended by FK Group – a leading full building envelope contractor – to provide a bespoke solution. As a part of the weathering system, various penetrations were needed to protect specific aspects of the building’s systems. Complex vertical penetrations were required to house and protect cable trays, pipe networks and bridges, while the design of the ventilation, installed perpendicular to the roof, had to take into account water deflection to guarantee weathertightness. There was also a need to weatherproof chimney stacks towering up to 60m.

The Gloucestershire facility was built to manage non-recyclable residual waste in a way that would benefit the environment, economy and local community. This is achieved by the incineration of waste at extreme temperatures and the management of the gaseous products of the resulting combustion. The aim is to generate, amongst others; electricity, recyclable metals and aggregates. Gloucestershire EfW processes 190,000 tonnes of waste per year and the net energy output is estimated to reach 14.5MW, powering 25,000 homes in the region.

Weatherproofed vertical penetration system designed around the needs of the building

Jones and Woolman UK is often specified by architects and designers because they are able to design bespoke, completely watertight solutions protecting the fabrics of any building and its mechanical and electrical components. Especially in commercial environments, the function of the building is underpinned by the continuous performance of intricate components, of which the protection from the elements is critical. 

The Gloucestershire facility, however, required a more complex solution. Neil Boylan, contracts director at Jones and Woolman UK explains, “Due to the nature of the facility, we had to design a solution that would not only stop water penetrating but would also prevent air leakage. The gases generated needed to be either vented out by controlled methods or contained in refuges for safe disposal, depending on their composition. The bespoke design of the weathering system achieved complete airtightness, preventing potential harmful gas leaks.”

The biggest challenge was providing weatherproofing for the chimney stacks on-site. Neil Boylan continues, “We had a chimney system with an incinerator exhaust, around 40m tall and another chimney that spanned 60m. The whole system expands and contracts in response to the burn and combustion cycle within the facility. The weatherproofing installed to the vertical element had to offer elasticity and flexibility capable of dealing with the continuous change in size and temperature whilst retaining its absolute weatherproof and airtight characteristics. The installation had to be completed within a 1-week window to fit in the project deadline and to keep the costs on target.”

Investing in survey, innovation and design to deliver on time and within budgets

The solution was delivered whilst other trades were already working on the site, making the timing of each step essential to maintaining the complex scheduling. The expert teams at Jones and Woolman UK met the challenge head-on.

After the site survey, one week was allocated to design a solution that ensured complete performance to the required needs of the brief and accurate placement of each component to provide seamless integration. In the planning and design stage, Jones and Woolman UK had to also consider moisture created by the steam generated during the process cycles. Installation on a moist surface would have not been possible.

A further two weeks were assigned to manufacture an innovative solution to an exacting specification and to complete extensive checks to ensure performance even under these unusual conditions using their comprehensive in-house design and build service.

Further time was then spent to carefully plan and carry out the installation around the already busy site schedule. This approach meant that the complete weathering and cladding penetration solution for the Gloucestershire EfW was installed in 1-week as specified by the client.

Supporting the client with an as standard full-system warranty

The facility will run around the clock, with planned maintenance of only 14-days per year over the 25-year waste management contract. The weathering solutions designed, built and installed by Jones and Woolman UK carry their comprehensive warranty of 25 years and will therefore support the overall maintenance schedule of the facility. 

Neil finishes with, “Following the success of our innovative design and flawless installation of our bespoke roof and cladding penetration and weathering system at Gloucestershire EfW, we have been approached with enquiries for similar applications in Scotland.”

Jones and Woolman UK’s experts have taken on an incredible range of projects across varying sectors over the last 40 years, so if you need help with your next development, contact them today for your bespoke installation solution, or you can discover more about their extensive range of services.

Weathering of vertical cladding and service-risers for data centres

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Weather of Vertical Cladding
Service Risers for data centres
Weathering of vertical cladding and service risers

Jones and Woolman UK has worked on a number of new-build data centre projects in the Slough area. Providing steel extensions, service entries through vertical cladding, and service-risers, we’ve worked closely with the likes of Kaicer and Laing O’Rourke to support Equinix, the company connecting leading businesses within the world’s most connected data centres around the world. Works follow on from a longstanding relationship with the likes of Kaicer through past projects under the Lakesmere name, primarily across projects in the energy and power sector.

Jones and Woolman UK’s selection is thanks to a track record of tackling challenging projects and working closely with Kaicer’s office, architects, and technical experts on projects such as these. Our longstanding expertise in performing under extreme conditions, such as in temperature-sensitive environments and where our prefabricated approach can make all the difference, makes the choice to use Jones and Woolman UK in technically demanding projects a simple one.

Avoiding delays with a forward-thinking planned approach

Delays caused during development projects are amongst the biggest contributors to spiralling labour costs and missing project deadlines. While technical expertise can help with handling abrupt project complications, the Jones and Woolman UK approach is always to pre-emptively overcome potential challenges and ensure the smooth completion of works. This becomes even more important in the case of works performed in tightly-knitted and compact environments, where it’s entirely possible for complications and delays to quickly escalate to a point of an absolute standstill on works.

In the particular case of data centres, it is commonplace for projects to face the complications of limited access to areas of work, such as challenging access to service entries. With a vast amount of work requiring access under walkways, behind pipework, and other areas of restricted access, the need to pre-plan and mitigate access challenges is paramount. Across all of the data centre projects, Jones and Woolman UK accomplishes this via early involvement in main client and contractor discussions, the sharing of technical advice, and ultimately more of a project partnership approach to services.

Neil Boylan, contracts director at Jones and Woolman UK explained: “At design, we’ll advise on how we’d like the cables, or service penetrations to come through the cladding. We’ll also advise on access and at what stage we need to be implementing our system for it to proceed before other services go in. We need to be in at that early stage, watching progress, and advising on when our products can be applied to avoid difficulties.”

Other challenges for the projects included the need to maintain a controlled atmosphere within the building due to the utilisation of computers and technology in the data centres. This required Jones and Woolman UK to ensure that the data centres could be kept at core temperatures to ensure the end-product would support the operations of the centre going forward.

For further information on Jones and Woolman UK’s services and how we can help with technically demanding projects, please get in touch with a member of our customer service team today.

Waterproofing and access hatch installation for Etihad Stadium

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Access hatch installation for Etihad stadium

Jones and Woolman UK were contracted to undertake a combination of steel penetration, access hatch, and waterproofing works as part of the development of Manchester City Football Club’s Football Academy and the adjacent expansion of Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium.

Led by Laing O’Rourke, the Etihad Stadium project saw the expansion of the facility (originally constructed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games) up from a capacity of 48,000 to 54,000, and later up to 60,000 with the addition of the North Stand. Additional project features included an expansion in the amenities for fans, corporate hospitality, and visitors. Jones and Woolman UK were selected for the Etihad Stadium project on the recommendation of Brett Martin because of the durability of Jones and Woolman UK’s products, as well as proven adhesion to their own range of products.

Work on the Football Academy was undertaken with BAM and the FK Group to deliver a state-of-the-art youth development and first team training facility on an 80-acre site next to the existing stadium. The academy was developed to provide up to 400 young players with a centre for their training, as well as housing for the first team’s training base and the wider club operations.

Jones and Woolman UK were suggested for the project by the FK Group, with whom the organisation has a longstanding working relationship backed by a strong track record for service delivery across projects.

Additional reasoning for the selection of Jones and Woolman UK across the two projects was for their recognition for client priorities. They recognise that, especially when it comes to football stadiums, clients prioritise keeping much of the steelwork out of the view of spectators to support their viewing experience. This demands a far more robust and resilient approach to solutions with a cantilever system above the roof (rather than below it) to support that customer experience. With this comes the requirement for a bespoke, more resilient solution which can handle the movement and wind factors related to structural movement – this being something that Jones and Woolman UK have showcased among many of their large profile projects.

Maintaining client budgets and deadlines through prefabrication

Due to the public nature of stadiums, it proved important for both projects that work could be completed in a timely manner. Indeed, the completion of Jones and Woolman UK’s works were essential to providing a safe working environment for further contractors to continue on-site. To facilitate a quick turnaround of service, Jones & Woolman UK designed, manufactured and prefabricated the solutions off-site, on a bespoke basis. This allowed for a vast reduction in the amount of time spent on site, the potential for logistical delays and associated workforce costs to be reduced, and for preparatory site work to be completed in a safe and efficient manner.

Neil Boylan, contracts director at Jones and Woolman UK, who handled the project, explained: “The time spent on site can be very challenging when there are other trades also expected on-site to carry out their works. Our work must be planned so that time on site is minimal to meet deadlines. To achieve this, we complete a lot of the production in our factories. A large amount is prefabricated and bespoke for each individual column or project. It’s then taken to the site, applied, and weatherproofed. This process is a big plus for everyone concerned because it causes minimal fuss and ensures a higher degree of health and safety due to a reduced time needed for working at height.”

Through the delivery of a bespoke solution, Jones and Woolman UK were once again able to tackle the challenges of the sporting facilities sector and deliver leading waterproofing and weatherproofing solutions which support the overall customer experience for Manchester City Football Club fans.

To learn more about our bespoke approach to services and how we can deliver hassle-free waterproofing services, get in touch with a member of our team to discuss further.