Bedford Premier Inn
Premier Inn in Bedford was included in a reclad project after the group reviewed their fire safety procedures and materials used on their buildings. Due to the building being over 18m high the cladding system used was no longer deemed up to regulation requirements and therefore had to be upgraded to a suitable A1 or A2, s1–d0 rated product. The group specified Valcan’s Vitrabond A2 (A2, s1-d0 classified to BS EN13501-01) to match the existing colours of the building which are 7250 Sparkling Dark Grey, 9134 Smoke Silver Metallic and 7190 Midnight Copper. Our works comprised new Argonaut support structure, Rockwool Rainscreen Duo Slab insulation, Siderise Fire Barriers and over 2,000m2 of new Vitrabond A2 cladding panels.
Vitrabond A2 is included in Valcan’s limited combustibility solution range and achieves A2, s1-d0 rating in Euro-Class EN 13501-1 classification. The material comes in a wide range of finishes and effects from wood effects, high gloss & natural finishes to colour changing chromatic effects, stone and metallic effects.
The two main classes now allowed by the Government are A1 and A2 rated products and anything achieving a rate below this will no longer be suitable.
Class A1 products are described as having no contribution to fire at any stage. BS EN13501 sets several thresholds for combustion performance when tested to both EN ISO 1716 and EN ISO 1182. One of these thresholds is a maximum heat of combustion of 2MJ/kg. Typical products meeting this classification include most inorganic materials such as stone.
Class A2 products are described as having no significant contribution to fire at any stage. BS EN 13501 sets several thresholds for combustion when tested to EN ISO 1182, or both EN ISO 1716 and EN 13823. One of these thresholds is a maximum heat of combustion of 3MJ/kg.