Kingspan Insulation - Old St John's Church on Channel 4 Restoration Man Programme

Old St John's Church - Cumbria

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Kooltherm stars in Channel 4 Restoration Man

Kingspan Insulation’s Kooltherm and Therma ranges of products have taken a role in Channel 4’s Restoration Man series, installed as part of an ambitious project to convert a Grade II listed church into a holiday home.

Old St John’s Church in Gamblesby, Cumbria, was constructed in 1868 and had stood empty for eight years before being purchased by husband and wife, Phil Evans and Joanne McGirr. The building’s age and condition presented several problems for designers and project managers, Into Architecture. Its badly weathered spire had to be completely dismantled and replaced, while the uninsulated roof and solid stone walls offered little protection against the cold.

In order to transform the building into a habitable home, over 600 m2 of Kingspan Insulation’s premium performance Kooltherm products were installed. To insulate the Church’s roof, 50 mm thick Kingspan Kooltherm K7 Pitched Roof Boards were fitted over a sarking board, with a further 70 mm installed underneath it. For the wall build-up, 42.5 mm of Kingspan Kooltherm K18 Insulated Plasterboard* was installed above the wall cill, with 62.5 mm below it.

Alex Karanikolas, project manager from Into Architecture commented: “The Kingspan products allowed us to achieve the required thermal performance with only minimal thicknesses of insulation. The Kooltherm K18 Insulated Plasterboard was a particularly good solution, providing insulation, dry-lining and vapour control in one product, helping to speed up the construction process.”

All Kooltherm products deliver outstanding performances with thermal conductivities as low as 0.020 W/m.K. The insulation cores are Class 0 rated and manufactured with a blowing agent containing zero ODP and low GWP.

To complete the building envelope, a further 122 m2 of Kingspan Insulation’s high performance Thermafloor TF70 was then installed on the ground floor. The three bedroomed home is available for holiday rental with the restored spire providing stunning panoramic views across the Eden Valley.

More information on the Channel 4 Restoration Man website.

* Please note that Kingspan Kooltherm K18 Insulated Plasterboard is no longer available for specification. Instead please refer to the lower-lambda Kingspan Kooltherm K118 Insulated Plasterboard.