Nurturing the Hub of Community Football

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Nurturing the Hub of Community Football

A new Community Hub will provide a “safe and nurturing environment” for local people for generations, through use of innovative polymer technology.

The two storey new hub building, developed by Everton in the Community (EitC) and in the shadow of Goodison Park, has been designed, by architects Condy Lofthouse, to create an innovative regenerated ‘community campus’ that meets the needs of the local community and be a place for the official charity of Everton Football Club to call home.

Roofing on the project has been executed by Holloway Cook Associates, utilising 300m2 of Protan SE1.6mm single ply membrane, mechanically fixed to insulated timber roofing panels, upstands and trims.

“An alternative material was actually specified, but we felt Protan delivered comparable-if not better- quality, and was more cost-effective,” explained Holloway Cook’s Chris Grant. “The build contractor Ashlar Construction (NW) was happy with our revisions.”

Due to open in October, the new purpose-built facility will house all EiTC employees and operate a social enterprise café that will be open to all, as well as counselling space. A Family Zone will be open for local community members and a Teen Zone for younger members of the Everton ward to access EiTC programmes and facilities,. A number of multi-functional programme delivery and meeting rooms will allow for a variety of the charity’s programmes to be offered, as well as an open for all studio, utilised to deliver health & wellbeing sessions.

EiTC Executive Chair Denise Barrett- Baxendale said, “The facility will allow us to offer members of our community a safe haven where they can socialise safely, access employment, training and education opportunities, and provide access for isolated members of the community to engage. The Hub provides the only community facility which can address the challenges of the Everton ward and which we hope will help provide solutions that may bring a significant impact to people’s lives.”

Protan UK is based only a few miles away from the Hub, in Warrington, adding a sustainable consideration to the project. Its SE single ply membrane, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is certified to deliver, and potentially surpass, the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest Building Regulations.

Protan SE is one element of the company’s comprehensive range of single ply roofing solutions, covered on the Protan website all designed to protect value for specifier and contractor. All Protan membranes are fully BBA certified.

Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top 3 membrane manufacturers in Europe. Protan, a member of SPRA, offers a full support service, from a RIBA-certified CPD programme, NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice and variable warranty depending on specification is provided from the company’s UK offices and training facilities in Warrington.

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