The ultimate flexibility for roof and wall systems

Euroclad solution ensures industrial buildings are high-performing, ergonomic and economic investments.

The continued growth in the online retail sector over recent years has not only changed the face of the industrial sector but also the evolution of the way sheds are constructed.

A resurgence in big-box construction has been witnessed with many of the big e-tail giants, such as Amazon, John Lewis and Next, driving demand on this side of the market.

The shift away from traditionally strong sector supply, which was predominantly led by the grocery big boys such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s, has also signalled a shift in key building requirements and transformed what some might see as simply designed, perfunctory buildings into high-performance, ergonomic and economic investments with longevity and low carbon footprints.

With this in mind, it is important to be able to fully trace perhaps the most critical building elements that influence the above features - namely the roof and wall systems.

Euroclad provides a single-source solution through its Elite Systems, a package of components that make up the roof and walls that are adaptable to any building specification while providing 30-year component guarantees and helping to conserve fuel and energy through excellent thermal insulation and air tightness.

The current lack of supply of suitable stock to meet the growth in occupier demand, in terms of both number and quality, has given rise to a trend for purpose-built sheds constructed to the exact specifications of the tenant.

This has resulted in the construction of sheds being less about generic building specifications and more about flexibility. Euroclad’s Elite Systems offers adaptability to any practical thermal or acoustic performance and offers a wide range of external profiles, materials and colours.

Multi-storey buildings are becoming more common, with mezzanine floors incorporated into buildings and the height of new facilities becoming taller and taller to help maximise the building’s physical footprint

Multi-storey buildings are also becoming more common, with mezzanine floors incorporated into buildings and the height of new facilities becoming taller and taller to help maximise the building’s physical footprint.

Retailer Next’s Doncaster distribution centre is a case in point. The build-to-suit facility has a footprint of just over 93,000 square metres and includes warehousing, office space, a data centre, ancillary staff areas, a rooftop garden and mezzanine levels.

The building is 25m high and 380m in length and is designed to accommodate a two-storey mezzanine structure, while having the height to add a third storey if future demands require it. Architects SiCa was always aware that such an expansive building needed a modern approach, both structurally and aesthetically, meaning that the cladding needed careful consideration.

Design flexibility

Demonstrating the flexibility of Euroclad’s Elite built-up systems, the architects mixed Elite 51’s vertical and Elite 55’s horizontal trapezoidal designs with the Half Round 50/1000 cladding profile on different building elements. The decision to contrast the colours achieved visually impressive façades and ensured interest without dominating the landscape.

Maintaining consistency of supplier and contractor, yet utilising the different design options, was especially important, helping to achieve excellent interface details; the specified u-value of 0.24W/m²K; and tight air permeability requirements. In adopting this principle, SiCa created a building that worked functionally, technically and visually.

Increased demand in the industrial market has also borne out an increased focus on refurbishments of existing older stock that no longer meets the demands and requirements of the modern occupier or just needs a facelift.

Euroclad has recently launched Refresh Systems, which is specifically designed roof and wall assemblies that are perfect for over-roofing and over-cladding existing building envelopes, including composite panels, profiled metal, fibre cement and asbestos.

As occupiers invest hundreds of millions of pounds on their ever more sophisticated technology in the fit-out of their logistics facilities, commonly far more than they spend on leasing or buying the physical building itself, so their expectations for the performance of the buildings have grown.

They require a low-maintenance, durable and thermally efficient building. Euroclad is leading the way in energy efficiency. Air tightness levels on Elite Systems is down to two pascals and the thermal insulation of the roof and walls can be as low as 0.1W/m2K.

Euroclad has recently launched Refresh Systems, which is specifically designed roof and wall assemblies that are perfect for over-roofing and over-cladding existing building envelopes

One of the most impressive and successful installations of metal roof and wall cladding of the last couple of years was the new Hitachi Rail Europe manufacturing facility. Nearly 900 new railway carriages will be made in a brand-new factory constructed at Merchant Park, Newton Aycliffe.

Products used in this construction included vast areas of steel roof and wall cladding, as well as a 25kVa power supply, a total of 2,000 ft of steel (comprising 77,700 components) and 3,772 Trina solar modules that will generate a targeted 1MW of electricity.

The choice of 9,800 square metres of Euroclad’s Elite 51 wall system and 38,600 square metres of Euroclad’s Elite 1 roofing reinforces the project’s environmental detailing with both systems having been subject to a full cradle-to-cradle lifecycle analysis.

The profiled steel sheets were manufactured to order at Euroclad’s Cardiff factory and delivered to site along with all other components of the Elite roof and wall systems.

The external profiled sheets are used to create a bowed, over-ridge system, avoiding the need for a ridge and, in doing, providing a more attractive, continuous roof line, while eliminating the cost and potential complication of a ridge detail. This can lead to a big reduction in apex height and provide a cost-effective alternative to pitched roofing and some expensive standing seam systems.

Business continuity is also an obvious desire for the occupier. This means that associated risks to their buildings, such as fire damage, are kept to a minimum. All cladding and insulation used in Elite Systems are non-combustible and offer the performances necessary for a range of different building uses.

Continuous roof concept

Euroclad worked on the new Rolls-Royce Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) in Rotherham, a special production facility featuring exceptionally long 150m Euroseam sheets that make up the standing seam roof.

Despite the deep-plan nature of the design, the long-span curving roof carries all storm water straight to external gutters. Euroclad’s ‘continuous roof’ concept was deployed, creating continuous standing seam roofing sheets for the 150m span ensuring reliability.

Most occupiers have a need for a flexible supply chain including varying sizes of buildings and designs each with a different purpose. This flexibility is replicated in Euroclad’s offering. With a range of 15 standard Elite Systems for the roof and walls, plus a number of bespoke and niche constructions available for specific projects - and all systems featuring adaptable assemblies and a range of performances - there can be no greater flexibility when it comes to metal roof and wall systems.

Chris Pomphrey is business development manager at Euroclad

About Euroclad

Euroclad is the UK’s home-grown supplier of metal roof and wall products, which provide exceptional acoustic and thermal performance for the life of a building. Products are sustainably credible with proven routes for recycling and disposal. Euroclad listens to the needs of its customers and offers high-performance, cost-effective solutions.

Founded in 1981, Euroclad has taken huge strides over the last 36 years, consistently investing in cutting-edge UK manufacturing.

As part of its commitment to quality, service and the environment, Euroclad operates a Quality Management System approved to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and an Environmental Management System approved to BS EN ISO 14001:2004.

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