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Building Products April 2017

INSULATION AND ACOUSTICS | ICYNENE | ADVERTORIAL COSYPROTECTION FROM‘LAZY WIND’ Insulation of a 120-year old Cumbrian barn conversion proved a difficult challenge for a father and son farming partnership. Here, Building Products takes a look at the new Icynene technique in thermal insulation that is gaining popularity in these difficult to treat projects. Situated on the exposed Furness peninsular in Cumbria, close to the Lake District Fells, there is precious little shelter from the fierce, westerly gales that batter this part of the Irish Sea coastline. Hardy residents of the area describe it as a ‘lazy wind’ because it is more inclined to take the shortest route to its destination, scything straight through anyone that stands in its way, rather than going around them! Buildings suffer this battering in exactly the same way, so in the old days, builders tended to rely on physical mass to hold back the wind. Consequently, stone walls up to 2ft. thick were the accepted norm for houses and barns built in this neck of the woods. Even with such substantial construction, keeping occupants warm was a considerable challenge in days before central heating and insulated walls. No more so than for the current owner of a rambling Victorian farm and barn complex that sits almost on the shoreline at Kirby in Furness, a few miles up the coast from Barrow. Originally built in 1899, and now owned by father and son, William and James Brakewell, the house and barn were in desperate need of 30 BUILDING PRODUCTS | APRIL 2017 refurbishment to bring them up to 21st century living standards. William and James both live on site with their families and jointly farm the area as well as running an agricultural equipment sales and servicing business. The main barn structure had stood virtually unused for years and qualified for improvement grants under the Government’s Farm Diversification programme, introduced to support micro and small businesses and farm diversification. In light of this, a scheme was devised to convert the barn into three dwellings - one three-bedroom house for father William to live in, and two further two-bedroom houses to be used as temporary accommodation for workers at the nearby British Aerospace site at Barrow.


Building Products April 2017
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