The devastating storm surge that hit the east coast two years ago damaged many properties up and down the country. Dunes Amusements in Cromer, Norfolk, was one of the businesses destroyed by the surge and worked with Norfolk Pro Build, Gray and Jarrett and Sika Sarnafil to repair the damage in order to open to the public once again.
Completed at the end of summer 2014, the project was one of the first in the country to use Sika Sarnafil’s new Self Adhered roofing membrane. Chosen because of its ability to withstand tough weather conditions, an important consideration when specifying products for buildings by the sea, the membrane also offered the added advantage of speedy installation time.
Dune Amusements, owned by Triangle Amusements, was completely ripped apart by the tide, owing to its prominent position on the sea front. All 60 arcade machines, popular with families, were destroyed and only the shell of the building remained. As it was in such a bad state, a total refurbishment was needed from the ground up.
Lisa Lillig, Commercial Manager at Norfolk Pro Build explained: “The front curved protrusion of the arcade was completely washed away in the floods. We had to strip it all back to the steel frame, put a new concrete floor in and then re-build the external shell and roof around the steel frame, before finishing internally ready for the client to reopen.”
Gray and Jarrett undertook the roofing portion of the project, firstly removing the existing strawboard decking down to the steel frame and replacing with a steel corrugated deck. Applying a Sarnavap 500E as the vapour control layer, followed by new insulation, they then installed the Sika Sarnafil Self Adhered Membrane, G410-15EL FSA in light grey.
Matt Gray, from Gray and Jarrett, was impressed with the performance of the Self Adhered product. He explained: “The installation was very fast, thanks to the innovative peel and stick method, we had the new membrane down in no time. It was a great choice for the coastal location, as we were worried about wind uplift and difficult weather conditions. Self Adhered is very strong and durable, giving instant protection that will last.”
The membrane gave a smooth, sleek finish to the roof – a specification requirement of architects, Canham Consulting, as people would be looking down on the roof from the town above. With its complete rebuild and facelift, Dunes Amusements could open its doors once again, to entertain tourists and local people alike.