Advocates Close, Edinburgh

Pro-viding Means to Help Creative Architecture Win Design Prize

A £30million development in a World Heritage site, which combined ‘gutsy contemporary’ additions among listed buildings, has won a major architectural design award.

Advocates Close, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, has attained the 2014 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Prize. Much of the new, mixed use scheme is now roofed with Protan single ply membrane, because of its flexibility to accommodate roof types whilst delivering the quality required for the prestige project.

Several of the new and refurbished listed buildings which now provide a hotel, apartment block, offices, bars  restaurants and cafes with a new pedestrian thoroughfare feature warm roofs created from Protan G single ply membrane for ballasted roofs laid over Protan VB250 vapour control layer, Protan AM membrane, and Protan F2B protection fleece, installed by Curtis Moore for main contractor Interserve..

Explained project architect Gavin Lloyd, of Morgan Mcdonnell, “We have a mix of flat roofs, balconies and terraces; some of the roofs required to be ballasted, others with different types of paving. We specified single ply membrane for its flexibility and relative ease of application in a variety of shapes and areas; Protan’s products could be used in a number of situations, so satisfied our needs whilst meeting the contractor’s requirements too.”

Protan G membrane, as with all Protan membranes, is certified to deliver, and potentially surpass, the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating.

Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top 3 membrane manufacturers in Europe. Manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Norway, Protan has roofs that have been in place for 30+ years without performance-affecting degradation. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington office.