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Thatched new builds in Somerset

Bovis Homes

The first of two new thatched properties in the South West are almost complete.

Bovis Homes included the properties as part of a development near Wookey Hole in Wells Somerset.

The first was thatched by Nigel Bunce of Dunbar & Bunce Master Thatchers.

The 130m² roof has a tiled ridge which is often seen on many thatched roofs in Holland.

Prior to the thatching the roof timbers had TAS100 calcium silicate thatch fireboards fitted and 50mm Thatchbatts® installed between the rafters.

The second property is expected to start early in the New Year.

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Thatchsayf Fire Retardant – Essex

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TAS were in Essex recently to carry out another application of Thatchsayf fire retardant to an unusual thatched property.

The 235m² roof surrounded a conservatory at the rear of the property and also had a tiled extension.

For further information please see the link below.

Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

 

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Thatchsayf Fire Retardant – Oxford

East Hendred

TAS recently carried out the application of its Thatchsayf fire retardant to a lovely thatched new build in East Hendred, Oxford.

The 350m² (38sq) roof was thatched by Fowler and Sons Master Thatchers Ltd.

Prior to the thatching, the roof timbers were covered with 9mm calcium silicate TAS100 Thatch Fireboards and 200mm Thatchbatts® will be fitted between the rafters on the underside of the fireboards. The Thatch Fireboard System meets the Dorset Model and has LABC approval.

      

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Fire in Thatch Properties with Wood Burning Stoves

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) recently released its long awaited report into the causes of thatch fires - Fire in Thatch Properties with Wood Burning Stoves.

The report, sponsored by Historic England and the NFU Mutual details the work and research carried out to understand the key factors that may contribute to thatch fires when using a wood burning stove.

The FPA also produced new guidance for owners of thatched building with wood burners and multi-fuelled stoves. The guidance list key actions that homeowners should take to reduce the risk of fire.

The author of the report, Dr James Glockling, the NFU Mutual and Historic England are happy for us to distribute the information.

The report and guidance are available here:

Fires in Thatched Properties with Wood Burning Stoves 2018

Guidance for owners of thatched building with wood burners and multi-fuelled stoves

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The Farmers Arms – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

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TAS recently completed the application of Thatchsayf Fire Retardant to the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey, Somerset.

The pub was completely gutted by fire in January 2017 and it is believed that an ejected ember or spark was the cause. The roof is around 250m² and was thatched by Richard Pascoe and his team.

Prior to thatching, the roof timbers had TAS100 Thatch Fireboards fitted and 100mm Thatchbatts® installed between the rafters. The refurbishment was carried out by Les Joint Building Contractors.

The pub is due to re-open later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

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Highways – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

Highways

TAS recently completed the application of Thatchsayf Fire Retardant to the recently renovated ‘Highways’ in Cheshire.

The 160m² roof was thatched by Paul Draycott.

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

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The Cider House – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

The Cider House

TAS recently completed the application of Thatchsayf Fire Retardant to the newly built Cider House on the Willow Farm Estate in Heveningham, Suffolk.

The house was built by Sixsmith Build and the roof thatched by Marcus & Ben Thompson.

Prior to thatching, the roof timbers had TAS100 Thatch Fireboards fitted and 100mm Thatchbatts® installed between the rafters.

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

 

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Roundhouse – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

Thatched Roundhouse

TAS recently treated this thatched roundhouse at Parluant Park Primary School in Slough, Berkshire with Thatchsayf Fire Retardant.

The roundhouse was thatched by Anthony Brown of Conygar Coppice. During construction, the students learnt about thatching from Anthony and helped daub the walls.

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

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Ideal Home Show – thatched show house

We have finally had a chance to reflect and write about our involvement in last year’s Ideal Home Show and how it came about.

In April 2016 we were approached by David Richards Associates (DRA) to see if we could help facilitate a thatched roof for one of the three show homes planned for the 2017 event. Each year, DRA build an entire show village with three show homes with very different designs and themes. The show village is the centrepiece of the event.

After many calls and emails, we met with the organisers, architects and the construction company to find out how it all comes together. Once agreed and armed with drawings, show information, build times etc. we made a start.

Paul Wareing & Tom Stevens from Heart of England Master Thatchers, both of whom have experience of working on exhibitions and film sets agreed to carry out the thatching.

The show homes are built off-site using a steel frame modular system and then transported to London Olympia for final completion. There are six individual modules that make up the show home, four of which were to be thatched. Each modular section weighs between four and six tonnes and have carefully aligned lifting points secured in the steel work.

The thatching started in January 2017 at the off-site location in West Sussex and by Friday March 17th the modules were ready and craned onto the HGVs, with an anxious Tom looking on.

Given the size of each module, transportation had to be carried out at certain times of the day at no more than 30mph with escort vehicles accompanying each HGV.

We arrived at Olympia late Saturday afternoon on the 18th March all wondering what lay ahead. We were greeted with an empty venue except for a massive crane, cherry pickers and an army of banksman to start putting the house together.  The thatched house was the first of the three to be set up and by 1.00am, the roof sections still had to be craned into place.

Sunday morning saw the roof sections finally put into place so Paul and Tom spent the rest of the day dressing and rethatching the roof where each modular section met and where the lifting straps had moved the thatch.

All works had to carried out via cherry pickers and/or drop wires. In the meantime, lorries were in and out all day bringing in the other show homes and it was quite surreal seeing how this massive arena started to take shape.

See the link below for photos of the initial build up off-site and at Olympia.

Ideal Home Show – Images

The thatched roof was finished on Monday afternoon, with the straw finials kindly provided by the very talented Master Thatcher – Lee Hawkins, who knowing the tight schedule, worked over the weekend to ensure we had them for Monday. Once all the thatching works were complete, the roof had to be treated with Thatchsayf Fire Retardant. Although no obvious risk of fire, the organisers were still somewhat nervous.

There were now three days left for the rest of the house to be ready for opening on Friday morning. This was also the time left to get our stand ready, although we were unable to make a start on the stand until Thursday morning!

Our involvement in the show meant we were given prime floor space and a (very bare and basic) stand next to the thatched house right in the middle of the venue. Prior to this there were lots of meetings, calls and emails between ourselves and designers to get the stand backdrops and furniture ready for the show.

Having only been involved previously in smaller trade shows and exhibitions it’s quite difficult to explain the sheer scale and madness involved in getting this enormous venue ready.

Hopefully the images below can tell a better story.

Ideal Home Show – More Images

From the moment the show finally opened on Friday 24th March, there were thousands of people looking round the venue and the thatched roof. This continued for the next seventeen days!

The show organisers were delighted with the finished roof and the comments and feedback from all the visitors was gratefully received.

Would we do it again?

Ummm…………………why not?

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Thatch Fires – 2018

With this cold spell set to last, it is worth repeating the message that it is crucial that chimneys and flue liners are swept and inspected.

For the last five years and always around this time of year, the UK has experienced a prolonged dry spell coupled with bitterly cold Easterly winds. This results in very dry thatch roofs and many homeowners continuing to use their wood burners and open fires much more than they normally would.

Last Friday sadly saw the first major thatch fire of the year. The cause is not yet known.

Care must be taken when first lighting and it is imperative the right fuel is used on both wood burners and open fires.

Please take time to read our thatch fire safety advice leaflet, which offers sensible advice on how to minimise the risk.

TAS – Thatch Fire Safety Advice

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