Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Project Overview

The former Royal Eye Hospital is a Grade II listed building, and was one of the first hospitals to be built in Manchester. Although the Oxford Road frontage still stands, the rear section of the old building was demolished in 2009 to make way for a new biomedical centre called Citylabs. In total, MAC Roofing installed over 4,000m2 of materials on this project, including hot melt, single ply and pitched roof systems.

The Solution

For this project, MAC was able to change the specification to recommend a range of suitable materials. The majority of the flat roof was protected with Icopal’s Parabit Hot Melt Waterproofing, and the system also incorporated Dow Roofmate insulation in order to achieve a demanding U-value of 0.1W/m2K. MAC provided valuable design input into this project, and were able to implement improvements to the waterproofing around the concrete plant plinths, thereby ensuring that the hot melt membrane would not subsequently be penetrated.

Elsewhere, Icopal’s Monarplan Single Ply Waterproofing was used on various adjoining lightweight flat roofs, and a traditional rosemary tile pitched roof system was installed to the Oxford Road elevation.

This project was awarded first place in the Liquid Roofing Category at the prestigious IMA Roofing Awards. The judges commented; “An excellent result, and an imaginative scheme with a high degree of involvement from the roofing contractor to produce an iconic building.”

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital roof

Project Information


Lend Lease



Systems Used

Hot Melt, Single Ply & Slating incorporating:

Icopal Parabit Hot Melt Waterproofing
240mm Dow Roofmate Insulation
Monarperm 700 Breather Membrane & Rosemary Tiling on pitched roof areas

Icopal Monarplan Single Ply & Icopal Built-up Felt Roofing were also installed on smaller flat roof areas.

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