Holywell, Wales - Much attention has been focussed on the new sliding roof at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon during the UK tennis championships. But it may have escaped everyone's notice that the highly visible see-through, retractable cover, which allows play to continue if it rains, has been built onto a completely new fixed roof for the court, made using Kingspan Insulated Panels products.
Designing and constructing a new high-quality fixed roof was essential, said a 1 July statement from Kingspan, and architects HOK Sport used a versatile Kingspan KS500 ZIP Kingzip Standing Seam system to "provide an efficient and striking solution."
"We needed a standing seam system to fit in with the existing aesthetic of the courts, and wanted to use composite panels to avoid the time demands of fixing extra acoustic insulation. Kingzip proved to be the ideal product, " said Dale Jennins of HOK Sport, in the Kingspan statement.
According to insulation experts Kingspan, Kingzip is "the only composite panel standing seam system, with greater installation efficiency over built-up alternatives." Both 500 mm and 1000 mm widths are available, and the 500mm option was used for more than 70 different roof parts on the Wimbledon centre court.
The majority of Kingspan products have an ECOsafe insulation core, using a polyisocyanurate insulation core, and achieve an A or A+ rating according to the Green Guide to Specification. They are available in FIREsafe LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) insurer-approved form for assured fire performance. They are also fibre-free, removing the risk of loose fibres being released and causing irritation.