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Protecting rail hub's energy

The UKs largest rail freight company has invested in ensuring facilities at its site at Knottingley remain watertight for years to come.

DB Schenker Rail (UK)’s Knottingley West Yorkshire site is a base for its engineering workshops and location for an electricity substation to power the facility. The age of the structure meant that the flat roof had deteriorated and needed replacement.

DB Schenker Rail (UK) turned to expert local refurbishment specialist CC Roofing, and one of the rail company’s customers, Protan, to come up with an effective solution, stripping off the old roof, and replacing with Protan EX 1.2mm Exposed Roof fleece-backed membrane, mechanically fixed.

Protan EX system is purpose-designed to be laid directly onto old roofs, and with its knitted polyester construction and integral 140g/m2 fleece, provides a quick, cost-effective, durable solution that will last for 30+ years.

Sue Gray, DB Schenker Rail Area Production Manager- Yorkshire & Humber, said, “It goes without saying that a watertight roof is crucial for a substation.  Our builder Bill Cooper of CC Roofing recommended this particular brand and type of roofing.”

Adds Bill Cooper, “Although not large, the roof required careful detailing round the large sump area to achieve a roof that will withstand years of exposure and remain watertight. I know from experience that Protan membranes will give me that quality and be easy to work with to achieve the necessary precision around the roof contours.”

“One of our four key values is collaboration,” elaborates Protan UK managing director Fraser Maitland. “The refurbishment at DB Schenker Rail (UK) demonstrates we have a commitment to collaborate and communicate with all our partners- suppliers as well as customers!”

Established over 75 years ago, Protan is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of single ply membranes. Its materials are developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: they are certified to ≤ -30° and all Protan single ply membranes are BBA, Sintef and IAB certified and approved. The membranes achieve durability for up to 30 years, giving building occupiers the peace of mind that the roofs will last for a generation.