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RubberGard EPDM from Elevate chosen to waterproof modular school in the UK

The Abbey Farm Educate Together (ET) Primary School in North Swindon is a modular school designed and built by UK offsite construction specialist Reds10. Net zero carbon in design, the school includes several sustainability features such as air source heat pumps, photovoltaics, mechanical and natural ventilation, aluminium door and window frames made from recycled materials, floorboards with 50% recycled content, and timber cladding.

Project ID

North Swindon, UK



Project type

New Build

Building type

Educational building

Roof surface

2,500 m²

Product used

RubberGard EPDM 1.1 mm

System used

Fully adhered

The Elevate RubberGard EPDM roofing membrane was specified by Reds10 for the school’s flat roof. “With a desire to reduce carbon emissions during construction, Reds10 swiftly recognised the benefits of RubberGard EPDM. Not only is it a resilient membrane with a long service life, but its flexible structure affords security and protection during the transportation and location of each module onto the project site”, says Joe Shepherd, Education Lead at Reds10. “RubberGard EPDM is also an inert material with low environmental impact, as zero toxic substances are released during and after installation, enabling the collection of run-off rainwater,” he added.

Construction began in May 2021 and the new building opened its doors in September 2022, catering for 460 pupils.

Modern Methods of Construction

The use of modern methods of construction (MMC) is rapidly rising across the UK, particularly in the education sector, with the aim of building schools faster and more cost effectively while delivering significant environmental benefits. 

MMCs involve innovative techniques such as modular construction, prefabrication, and 3D printing. These methods enhance efficiency, reduce construction time, and ensure high quality.

Ticking all the boxes

An EPDM single-ply membrane, such as RubberGard EPDM, is one of the most effective roofing solutions for modular buildings. Made from synthetic rubber, it delivers several benefits throughout the construction phase, as well as during the buildings’ service life.  

To ensure the highest quality standards, each sheet of RubberGard EPDM is cut to size and applied to the prefabricated module in a controlled factory setting. As the membrane is single-ply, it is lightweight. This enables it to be installed quickly and easily. 

Safety conditions are also enhanced, as RubberGard EPDM is applied without the need for any hot works or open flames. The membrane is fully adhered to each building module using bonding adhesive. Any other roofing details are completed in the factory, using Elevate’s self-adhesive QuickSeam range of flashing accessories. This process allows most of the roofing works to be completed before the modules are delivered to site, avoiding weather-related delays and minimising on-site installation times.


RubberGard EPDM is available in large panel sizes, which means the roof of each modular unit can be easily covered with one piece, reducing the amount of joints and waste. EPDM is also a chemically inert material that does not contain any plasticiser. When installed correctly, it can achieve a service life of more than 50 years. 

The membrane’s flexibility enables it to return to its original shape and performance after severe weather and makes it resistant to UV, heat, hail and building movements. Minimal maintenance is required and, if needed, the EPDM membrane can be easily repaired using very simple tools, even after several years of exposure.

Should the building need to be altered or expanded in the future, modular units covered with RubberGard EPDM can be easily dismantled, relocated and sealed back together again, even decades after their initial construction.


EPDM is the most future-proof roofing solution when it comes to sustainabilityperformance and design freedom. Learn more about the role it played within this project and many others by discovering its benefits.

How did EPDM elevate this project?



Freedom of design is key to those creating big things. Thanks to its flexibility and availability in big, single-ply sheets, EPDM supports creative solutions. It also enables future transformations and placing new objects on the roof.



EPDM is inert and doesn’t release any toxic substances during or after installation. Fully safe for people and the environment, it allows to collect rainwater for domestic use without risk.