Calvin Challis, Quantity Surveyor at VD Interiors, said: “When we were brought onto The Tannery project, we suggested using British Gypsum’s new Glasroc X sheathing boards, screws and sealant to our client because the board itself is much lighter than cement particle boards commonly used for this application. What’s more, it’s faster to install and fewer people are required to complete the job. I’d estimate that using Glasroc X has been 25-30 per cent quicker than if we had used an alternative product.”
Glasroc X sheathing board is the first gypsum-based external sheathing board tested and certified by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) to provide six months weather protection. Having successfully met all of the rigorous testing requirements, the BBA certification confirms that the product will withstand all typical UK weather conditions when left exposed prior to the completion of the external façade – when used in conjunction with Glasroc X Screws and Glasroc X Sealant, in accordance with the installation guidance.
What’s more, Glasroc X Sheathing Board also reaps many practical installation benefits. It is approximately 35 per cent lighter than cement particle boards, which makes it significantly easier to handle and install on site – an especially important consideration when contractors are working at height. The new sheathing board is also easy to score and size – similar to plasterboard – with no need for sawing or specialist dust extraction equipment.
Calvin continued: “We also suggested using British Gypsum’s plasterboards and studs throughout the student accommodation, which meant that we could provide a full solution throughout the project by using one manufacturer - something that our client was delighted with.”
Indeed, a whole host of British Gypsum’s products are being used throughout the project, including the CasoLine MF system, which is a fully concealed grid and ceiling lining system. Also specified is the GypWall QUIET SF, which is a non-loadbearing partition that provides high levels of sound insulation up to and exceeding regulatory requirements for separating walls. Finally, British Gypsum DriLyner BASIC has also been specified, which is used for fixing a wide range of plasterboards to non-plastered masonry substrates.