Staffordshire Fire Stations

The project features the construction of ten fire stations rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads to replace a 45-year-old station at Ashley. A combination of high performance Celotex insulation was required in the cavity walls, floors and roofs, delivering excellent U-values with thinner solutions.

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PIR insulation used in the construction of the Staffordshire Fire Stations

Products Used: CW4000, GA4000, XR4000
Sector: Other

The Objective

The blue3 consortium, made up of Kier and Calderpeel Partnership, was awarded the contract to build and maintain 11 community fire stations for Staffordshire. The second phase of an innovative programme to provide state-of-the-art fire stations across the county, the £45 million development aims to deliver community focused facilities that benefit local people.

The Challenge

The project consists of the construction of ten fire stations rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads to replace a 45-year-old station at Ashley. The full list of stations to be rebuilt includes Burton-upon-Trent, Kinver, Lichfield, Longton, Leek, Stone, Chase Terrace, Rugeley, Codsall and Penkridge community fire stations. A combination of high performance insulation solutions was required for installation in the cavity walls, floors and roofs. As part of the specification, the insulation had to deliver excellent U-values with thinner solutions for all three applications.

The Solution

For the cavity wall, 80mm thick Celotex CW4000 insulation was chosen to achieve budgetary and thermal performance targets. Aimed specifically at partial cavity wall applications, Celotex CW4000 is available in a range of thicknesses from 50mm to 100mm and is proven to reduce heating needs, carbon emissions and energy costs. 

The versatility of Celotex’ CW4000 boards made installation simple and efficient. Extremely lightweight and easily cut-to-fit using hand tools, the boards are installed between the brick and block built cavity wall before being secured into place using cavity tie clips. 

Made from PIR with low emissivity foil facings to reflect radiant heat and improve thermal resistance, CW4000 offers improved thermal insulation performance within cavity air spaces. It achieves an excellent lambda of 0.022W/mK and can deliver 100% more thermal efficiency than many mineral fibre products.

To complete the specification, Celotex GA4000 (85mm) was installed beneath the new flooring system, while 130mm thick XR4000 was installed between the roof rafters – with both products helping to achieve lower U-values with a single layer of insulation.

The Outcome

With three separate high quality and sustainable solutions, Celotex helped to deliver outstanding and consistent thermal performance across all the developments to ensure the fire stations provide high quality community facilities for years to come.