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Hengistbury Head – Thatching Advisory Services

Thatching Advisory Services supplied a number of their TAS100 Thatch Fireboards for the Hengistbury Head visitor centre nr Christchurch, Dorset.

The new £1.35m centre, which is scheduled to open in summer 2013, will be housed in a thatched barn and a new extension being built alongside.

The thatching works to the 330m² roof were carried out by Master Thatcher – Simon Denney.

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Thatchbatt® Installation – new recommendation in addition to friction fitting.

Thatching Advisory Services have update their Installation instructions for Thatchbatts®

Since the release of the 100mm Thatchbatt® with its increased fire protection and thermal values, we have seen most architects selecting this over the traditional 50mm Thatchbatt®. Both 50mm and 100mm Thatchbatts® are designed to be friction fitted between rafters set at 400mm centres. Although the 100mm slabs, in most cases, are self supporting we still recommend that the consideration be given to the following one of the wired fixing systems as detailed on our website.

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 Click the following link to our Thatchbatt® page (pdf  links located at bottom of page).

www.thatchingadvisoryservices.co.uk/Thatch_Batts.asp

Although Thatchbatts® offer increased fire protection, where permitting they should be used in conjunction with either Thatch Firewall or Thatch Fireboard to create a comprehensive fire barrier system. For further thatch advice please go to our website.

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TAS speak at IHBC Southern Branch AGM on Thatch Fire Safety

Thatching Advisory Services were asked to speak at the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – Southern Branch AGM in Newbury on Friday 23rd November.

The theme of the AGM was ‘Fire! Fire in Historic Buildings: Prevention, Reaction and Repair’ The event was well attended with more that 60 people present from a wide range of backgrounds to include Conservation, Architects, Building Control, Surveyors etc. 

Rob Norcott one of the Directors at Thatching Advisory Services was pleased to be able to share information, knowledge and experience with those who attended the event.

Rob’s presentation themed around ‘reducing risk of fire in thatching buildings’ covered many areas such as: 

  • The Issues – Contributing factors for Thatch Fires
  • Common Causes – Heat Transfer & Ejected Embers from Chimney’s
  • Solutions – Covering general good practice, chimney’s and flue linings
  • Products – Covering our range for fire barriers and systems to include:
    • TAS100 Thatch Fireboard – Rigid barrier
    • Thatch Firewall Membrane – Flexible barrier
    • Thatchbatts® – Non-combustible insulation
    • Thatchsayf – Fire Retardant Spray
    • Thatch Alert – Chimney Monitoring System

 

Rob was also able to discuss and answer questions about suitable product testing and provenance, plus how products comply with the criteria’s set out in Building Regulations and the ‘Dorset Model’.

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Destroyed by arsonists – Seaton shelter is rebuilt and rethatched.

Thatching Advisory Services - Thatched  Shelter

 Local Thatched Landmark – Restored

Following the arson attack in March of this year, the cliff-top shelter in Seaton, East Devon has been totally restored.

Seaton's thatched shelter - fire damaged.

Thatching Advisory Services advised East Devon District Council with regard to the provision of Fire Barriers as part of the reconstruction of the shelter. Prior to the new thatch going on, the top and underside of the roof timbers were clad with TAS100 Thatch Fireboard and Thatchbatts® were placed between each of the timbers.

Thatching Advisory Services TAS100 thatchfire boards and Thatchbatts®

 

 

Once the rebuilding and fire prevention works were completed, the shelter was completely re-thatched by local Master Thatcher, Philip White.

 

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Thatcher Simon Sinkinson at Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Beardshaw returned to Chelsea this May with a design to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire and the achievements of its learning disability team.  Simon Sinkinson, an experienced and talented thatcher collaborated with Chris to build the spectacular thatched Lantern Folly in the Garden.

Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust operates in conjunction with its sister charity, the Minstead Training Project, to provide a wide range of services for students with learning disabilities. The students are helping to grow plants for the show garden and assisting Chris in the garden build. This is the first time students with learning difficulties have been involved directly with a Chelsea garden. (source: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012)

Simon undertakes contracts for the National Trust, The Barker-Mills Estates and Furzey Gardens as well as countless private houses and agricultural buildings throughout the  New Forest and further afield. If you’d like to see more of Simons photo’s of his involvement at Chelsea check out his blogspot.

http://www.tinydoors.com/building-the-lantern-at-chelsea-flower-show/

http://www.sinkinson-thatching.co.uk

 

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New vehicle for TAS

New Vehicle

New Vehicle 2Thatching Advisory Services recently took delivery of a new vehicle. The vehicle has already started clocking up the miles following a number of Thatch Alert installations and Thatchsayf spraying contracts across the country.

The most recent being an installation of Thatch Alert at the National Stud on Newmarket Racecourse on behalf of the Jockey Club.

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