Icynene is applied as a two-component mixture that comes together at the tip of a gun forming a foam that expands 100-fold within seconds.


Insulation specialists Heatlok Installations Ltd were brought in at an early stage to advise. Heatlok’s Greg Raby explains. “Old buildings like these are notoriously difficult to insulate with conventional materials. Air leakage is also a huge problem as so much heat loss in a building can be put down to bad construction detailing, which can lead to gaps and air leakage - draughts to you and me”.

For the Battery project, Heatlok recommended FoamLite, a high-performance spray applied insulation system from Icynene.

Icynene FoamLite is applied as a two component mixture that comes together at the tip of a gun forming a foam that expands 100-fold within seconds, sealing all gaps, service holes and hard to reach spaces, virtually eliminating cold bridging and air leakage.

It was developed in Canada to cope with their extreme weather conditions but, unlike the urethane foams of 20 years ago, FoamLite uses water as the blowing agent. The reaction between the two components produces CO2 which causes the foam to expand.

As it expands the cells of the foam burst and the CO2 is replaced by air, creating an open cell, ‘breathable’ structure with outstanding insulation properties. From an environmental perspective, Icynene claims a Global Warming Potential of 1 and an Ozone Depletion Potential of 0 (Zero). Nor does Icynene emit any harmful gases once cured.


Ian Bond’s enthusiasm for the project is clear. “We’ve gone for energy efficiency and minimal carbon emissions in every aspect of the restoration. Our aim is to get to near Passivhaus standards of insulation and air tightness. We’ve incorporated solar panels, air sourced heat pump technology for underfloor and water heating and each of the seventeen apartments is connected to an automated mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system. Energy consumption should be very low”.

Icynene FoamLite has been applied throughout the building. External walls have been internally lined with timber studwork and insulated to a thickness of 100mm and faced with 50mm thick foam backed plasterboard (FBP). The roof structure was sprayed to a thickness of 150mm and similarly faced with 50mm FBP.

The year-long restoration has been approached with great sensitivity. Period internal features have been retained and original materials reclaimed and re-used wherever possible. Externally, the cream Yorkstone walls have been cleaned and re-pointed and the original rainwater goods and iron-work bead- blasted and powder coated before re-fitting.

The Battery is due for completion in summer 2020, after which Ian Bond will turn his attention to two further classic buildings on Morecambe seafront. “The Battery project has taught us a lot about the restoration and re-purposing of historically important buildings” commented Ian. “We have a rich architectural heritage in the North West and it’s great to see these proud buildings find a new productive purpose, over 100 years since they were built.”


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External walls have been internally lined with timber studwork and insulated to a thickness of 100mm.

The Battery took its name from an artillery battery stationed there during the late nineteenth century, when Britain feared a French invasion.

Icynene is an open cell, ‘breathable’ insulation with a claimed Global Warming Potential of 1 (one).


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