Ford Technical Centre with Universal POCB

BMI Icopal Universal POCB provides assurance to Motor Company’s R & D Centre.
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The client had been working closely with BMI Icopal in the UK and Europe to establish a cost effective solution to the many problems that Ford had been experiencing with their flat roofs.

  • System: BMI Icopal Universal POCB

  • Contractor: Mells Roofing Limited, Southend-on-Sea

  • Client: Ford Motor Company of Great Britain

  • Area: 3,500 m²

The Challenge

The Challenge

The original waterproofing consisted of basic traditional built-up felt membranes laid over fibreboard on a Vapour Control Layer, to a profiled metal roof deck.

With such a large building, housing 3000 engineers, and the R&D work being carried out within, the use of heat was a major factor, and Ford were insistent that there should be no naked flames used.

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The Solution

The Solution

Icopal Universal POCB membrane was put forward, using the FireSmart Flame-free welding equipment. It is true to say that Ford did need convincing that a propane powered heat welder would be acceptable. Icopal’s engineer was able to successfully prove to Ford that the Firesmart welders were indeed perfectly safe. 

The specification adopted for these roofs was to first prepare the existing waterproofing by removing the bedded stone chippings. A BMI Icopal Recovery Board was then mechanically fixed through to the profiled metal deck to provide a new stable substrate. BMI Icopal Universal POCB was then loose laid and mechanically fixed along the head and side laps, with all laps heat-welded with the FireSmart Flame-Free welders. 

The 3500m² contract was completed on time and to the complete satisfaction of Ford.

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Universal POCB

Universal POCB

Universal POCB is suitable for use as an exposed membrane in a single layer roof system. Membranes should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Key features

  • Flame free membrane application

  • Robust membrane ideal for new build project

  • One membrane for mechanically fixed and adhered applications

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