The Vale of Glamorgan Council has selected Sustainable Building Services (UK) Limited to deliver a multifaceted refurbishment and energy efficiency project involving 76 occupied properties.
The apartments are located within 14 residential blocks in Barry, South Wales.
The absence of cavity walls has made thermal performance an important priority. Consequently, a key aspect of the £920,000 scheme will be the design and installation of an appropriate solid wall insulation system.
In order to minimise disruption to residents' living spaces, the Council requested proposals for an external wall insulation (EWI) solution - in this case, from the specialist manufacturer Soltherm. Its BBA-certified system features EPS insulation and a through-coloured acrylic render. In addition to improving U-values, it will enhance the properties' external appearance whilst also improving their resistance to weather.
In addition to external wall insulation, the scheme will also entail associated adaptations to soffits and facias, cavity wall tie installations and the extension of flat roofs. The extensions will be carried out using a Bauder roofing system. In some cases, work will also include the removal of old insulation.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council chose SBS on the basis of a detailed technical submission. SBS earned top rankings for both price and quality. Works began in June, following a public consultation event. Here, residents and neighbours were able to examine plans and ask questions about the scheme, which is expected to be completed in the final quarter of 2018.
Commenting on the win, SBS Commercial Director Gary Lawson said: "This project represents the latest in a continuing series of schemes that we've been delivering in Wales over recent years. We have recently built a new school extension in the north of the country, and we've finished a £3.5m re-roofing scheme for Wrexham County Borough Council. We've also been busy installing insulation and new roofs in Gwynedd. On these and other projects, we've always aimed to put the emphasis on best value, so I'm delighted that Vale of Glamorgan have awarded us top marks for both quality and price."