The Centre Parcs model for all UK locations focuses around a central area housing a subtropical swimming paradise and restaurant facilities.
Keeping the central area open without impacting guests was key to this project. A tall order, achieved through meticulous and effective planning.
Originally completed in 1994, the existing membrane and glazed rain-screen systems were in need of refurbishment.
The brief was to remove the existing glazing and coverings, deck support frame re-modelling and install new insulated deck with simple large expanse blown ETFE roof-lights whilst maintaining unrestricted, safe guest access.
An innovative temporary hung terraced platform was designed and installed - reversing the usual roof cover arrangement. This stepped terraced roof was covered with plywood and then weathered by Delomac and Sarnafil membrane. With the temporary roof in place, existing glazing and coverings could be removed, maintaining water-tightness with guests enjoying facilities below.
As each new roof and roof-light was installed, the temporary roof, plywood and coverings were simply removed and transferred to the next sector, with limited additional materials needed, considerably minimising waste.
Center Parcs and the consultant team were rigorous in their specification of fasteners and method of containing the chlorinated environment of the pool areas.
SFS provided all fasteners for deck attachment. Specifically for the pool area this included the TDA-S, TDB-S and TDB, A5 (1.4547) grade stainless steel fasteners for the attachment of the deck and also RV6604-6-4W aluminium rivets for the deck stitching requirements.
SFS worked closely with Delomac and the project engineers, Alan White Design to come up with suitable fastening systems that included A5 grade stainless (EN 1.4547) self tappers to fix the aluminium deck. These are manufactured by SFS intec, and were supplied with certificates of conformity at the request of the client.
Super austinetic A5 grade stainless steel fasteners were especially developed for chlorine rich swimming pool environments and are now specified by pool specialists. This is to offset the risk of chlorine induced stress corrosion cracking, a particular type of corrosion that can occur in such environments.
"SFS worked closely with Delomac from the outset, developing a compliant specification incorporating A5 grade stainless steel fasteners, aluminium peel rivets and robust sealant strips. Site based testing and client presentations completed a very thorough supply service throughout the contract"