Winners crowned at the 2024 LRWA Awards

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The winners of the 2024 Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) Awards have been announced at a gala dinner.  The luxury Titanic Hotel in Liverpool hosted the event which attracted more than 380 guests and was supported by several organisations, including headline sponsor, SIka.

The event, which took place on Wednesday 20 March 2024, recognised eight impressive projects across four categories, including Liquid Roofing Project of the Year under 1,000 sq. m, Liquid Roofing Project of the Year over 1,000 sq. m, Liquid Roofing Project of the Year in a Buried Application, and Liquid Waterproofing Project of the Year.

As well as a winner of each category, there was a highly commended award for projects that just missed out on the top spot.

Each submission was judged by an independent panel, including liquid waterproofing specialists and specifiers. All manufacturer and contractor names were removed from the submissions prior to judging, which scored entries based on strict criteria.

The event also celebrated the talents of individuals working in liquid roofing and waterproofing.

Luke Clayton:  JR Roofing Lancs Ltd

The Student of the Year award (sponsored by Rockwool) went to Luke Clayton from JR Roofing Lancs. After leaving school, Luke started his career in the roofing industry and soon found his path to training. Aged 18, and with full support from his employer, he took part in the Specialist Applied-Skills programme (SAP) in Liquid Applied Roofing and had a positive attitude to learning from the outset.

Luke’s employer praised him for being a great role model for the rest of the JR Roofing Lancs team and for demonstrating what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

Paul Mahon: Sika

Paul Mahon from Sika picked up the LRWA’s inaugural Special Recognition Award for Excellence to Training. The accolade celebrates someone who has shown unwavering dedication to training throughout their career, supporting the liquid roofing and waterproofing industry not only on behalf of the manufacturer they work for, but also operatives seeking industry-level qualifications.

Since joining his current employer 16 years ago as a training technician, Paul has become one of the industry’s most respected trainers. 

In 2012, Paul began supporting the LRWA’s Specialist Applied Skills Programme (SAP). Sharing his expertise and skills, he has, to date, trained more than 70 people in liquid applied membranes; putting them firmly on the path to becoming NVQ Level two qualified in liquid roofing.

Hilton Hyde Park Central Dome: Remmers & Building Transformation

The Hilton Hyde Park Central Dome, part of London’s architectural heritage, faced leaks, prompting urgent repair. Repairs were needed due to cracked lead work and defects to the masonry, prior to the dome being coated using a Polyurethane liquid applied membrane to replicate the aesthetics of the original lead roof.

Other challenges involved thorough testing, safe access trials around intricate M&E components, and deploying rope access teams for high-altitude work. The project, undertaken within densely populated public areas, prioritised safety, necessitating bespoke solutions and adherence to the historical building.

Highly Commended awarded to St Johns the Baptist RC Church : Kemper System & Castle Contractors NW Ltd

West Suffolk Hospital: Sika & Cambridge Flat Roofing

West Suffolk Hospital Nurses accommodation required refurbishment to address drainage issues, moss build-up, and leaks. The initial survey identified the presence of a RAAC deck – Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete – a form of lightweight concrete used in construction in many buildings between the 1950s and 1990s. This meant a more detailed structural survey was required. The survey identified the deck could be suitably reinforced internally.

Once structurally secure, a warm roof was installed using a cut-to-falls scheme to ensure compliance with current standards, along with a liquid applied Polyurethane membrane. Because of the shape of the roof and changes in level, the tapered insulation was highly complex with multi-directional falls. 

Highly Commended awarded to Emirates Stadium: Triflex and TSL

Prospect Place at Battersea Power Station: Volker Laser and Alumasc

This project included waterproofing and roof finishes for three main structures in the Battersea Power Station Complex – a £9 billion landmark project in central London. Covering 42 acres, the mixed-use development includes residential apartments.

An inverted-roof hot melt waterproofing system was specified as well as hard landscaping to roofs and terraces, and green roofs across the three structures and other areas, bringing the total application to approximately 12,000 sq m.

Despite challenges posed by the aftermath of the pandemic and ensuring coordination with multiple contractors, the contractor successfully applied a hot melt waterproofing, providing durability and sustainability.

Highly Commended awarded to Old Bailey: WestWood Liquid Technologies and Ifield and Barrett

The Wedding Cake : WestWood Liquid Technologies & EMC Cladding

‘The Wedding Cake’ pavilion at Waddesdon Estate was designed by renowned Portuguese artist, Joana Vasconcelos. The project required a waterproofing solution and a skid-inhibiting surface for this 12-metre-tall monumental ceramic sculptural pavilion, involving the waterproofing of each stairway on the three levels, as well as the walkways and terrace areas around the ‘cake’.

A PMMA liquid applied membrane was used to provide a highly flexible, crack-bridging solution while preserving the artist’s vision. The excellent abrasion‐resistance and skid-inhibiting properties of the PMMA membrane were developed specifically for heavily trafficked areas. A precise colour match was required for seamless integration with the porcelain tiles.

Highly Commended awarded to Shmuseum: WestWood Liquid Technologies and Cure Group

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