In space, even the smallest amount of debris can be the difference between success and catastrophic failure. When it came to insulating building services at the cutting edge new Science & Technology Facilities Council RAL Space Development and Test facility (R100) in Didcot, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the fibre-free cores of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation made them the outstanding choice.
The world-leading R&D facility is based at the Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire. The campus forms the central hub of the UK space programme and played a critical role in last year’s Rosetta comet landing. Willmott Dixon worked on the high-spec design for the new centre which includes a total of 1,200 m2 of clean rooms and test chambers.
To ensure services performed as expected over 10,000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct and Pipe Insulation were specified for the numerous runs of service pipe and ductwork. The products’ fibre-free insulation cores allow them to deliver outstanding energy performance with thermal conductivities as low as 0.022 W/m.K and 0.025 W/m.K respectively.
Matthew Bashford, Operations Director at specialist installers, Industrial Insulation Ltd. explained:
“The nature of the building’s use meant no fibrous materials could be included within the specification. The fibre-free phenolic insulation cores of Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation and Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation made them perfect for the job. In addition, the superior thermal conductivity of these products proved beneficial when insulating services with little clearance.”
Specialist designers and installers, Clean Room Construction, oversaw work on the clean rooms while building services company Briggs & Forrester carried out the connections. To ensure clear communication the numerous service runs were designed with BIM Level 2 on the Revit platform, allowing clash detection exercises to be run in advanced, saving time and cost during the build. Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is available as a freely downloadable BIM object from either www.kingspanindustrialinsulation.com or the BIMStore website.