Church House Refurbishment, London

Church of England
CorkSol SprayCork
Cork Colour

Church House in Westminster is a building steeped in History. As the home of the Church of England, it has also served as Parliament during the Second World War.

As part of a major refurbishment, architects ScottWhitbyStudio approached CorkSol to provide a sustainable solution that would enhance the thermal performance of the building, but also improve the acoustics in communal meeting and office spaces. As a Grade II listed building, the refurb had to meet the performance specification but also deliver it in a subtle and sustainable manner, whilst retaining the character and history of the building.

CorkSol managed the application of SprayCork on the ceilings and walls of the multi-phase, multi-level project, before applying Baumit Airless SX Plaster, a breathable spray applied plaster, over the top. One of the key reasons SprayCork was specified was because it could be applied over the existing substrate, meaning there was no requirement for plasterboard. Not only did this save money on the removal of existing plaster, but it also helped to significantly reduce waste going to landfill - further enhancing the sustainability of the project.

SprayCork is a perfect example of how to increase the thermal rating of the building. By spraying the ceilings and walls with SprayCork, it allowed for the removal of the 1960’s secondary glazing without having any impact on the thermal properties of the building

Alex Scott-Whitby, Founding Partner at ScottWhitbyStudio, said, “We were really lucky to find CorkSol - this incredible company that’s doing something really innovative in the UK for the first time. It’s been a great pleasure to work with them. The future is super bright for this product.”

Joff Ward, Managing Director at CorkSol, added: “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to work on such a prestigious project. To have our product specified for this job really goes to show that word is spreading and that the industry now knows of our revolutionary SprayCork coating. We truly believe in our product, and with this passion and persistence, we hope that we can prove to architects, contractors, developers and homeowners, that there is in fact a much better alternative to render that comes with far greater benefits.”

As one of the largest cork projects in the world, Church House demonstrates exactly how and why sustainable building materials are revolutionising the construction sector.

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