Celebrations are to be had for one of our fairly newly acquired branches, Mid-Kent Roofing, who won the Domestic Property Application Using Slate award at RCI Magazine’s second Pitched Roofing Awards! The Pitched Roofing Awards aims to celebrate and shine a light on the quality, professionalism and fine workmanship within the UK pitched roofing sector.
Their winning project involved stripping and re-slating the existing roof on Mount Harry House in South Downs National Park in East Sussex for client R Durtnell & Sons and doing the same for the house’s new extension. The house dates back to 1936 so it has local and historic significance. The roofing works were part of an extensive renovation project being undertaken. The country house is now privately owned and nestled within the vast grounds of 40 acres but was used for the commercial purposes of wedding and photoshoot hire, with the grounds also open to campers when works were being carried out.
Mid-Kent Roofing used new Vermont random width slates supplied by Raven Roofing Supplies, clipping them with 100mm stainless steel hooks. The slates were installed using the traditional methods and, of course, in keeping with British Standards. Using random width slates proved challenging at times, with the project involving detailed alleys and lead hips/dormers which added to its complexity. All perimeters were nailed and the whole roof was hooked due to the location of the building, which sits on top of a hill. Bad weather could easily cause damage to the roof if this had not been done. Mid-Kent Roofing opted to use Vermont slate as the extension needed to be slated in a style that complemented the rest of Mount Harry House’s roof so it could be seamlessly integrated with the rest of the building. This particular slate by Vermont was an especially good match to the age of the building to reflect its history – it’s elegant, attractive and extremely durable and long-lasting as a bonus!
With Mount Harry House still open for commercial use, the client wanted roofing works to cause as little disruption as possible so Mid-Kent Roofing used an alternative entrance to the site via a nearby woods rather than the normal entrance so no inconvenience was caused to visitors of the Georgian-style house.
The client was over the moon with how Mid-Kent Roofing delivered the 3-month project on time and within the roofing works budget of £110,000. In fact, the branch has begun work on the next phase of the work on the project which will be on the former granny annexe and servant quarters.
Our Executive Chairman Tony Burke, CEO Eddie Stanton, Group Commercial Director Simon Smith and Chief Operations Officer Andrew Morley enjoyed attending the award ceremony at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on 5th December. The event, which included a drinks reception, was attended by more than 250 guests and was hosted by comedian, impressionist, and actor Luke Kempner.
Also, in attendance was our Ploughcroft Divisional Managing Director Chris Hopkins and Helen (Sales & Marketing Manager at Ploughcroft). As last year’s Pitched Roofing Award Outstanding Contribution to the Roofing Industry winner, Chris was on this year’s judging panel and had the honour of presenting the Commercial Property Application Using Slate award to winner NRA Roofing and Flooring this year.
We’re also proud of Bracknell Roofing (part of Avonside Group) who was shortlisted twice in the Commercial Property Application Using Roof Tiles category. The first nod was for their Broadbridge Heath care home project in Horsham for client Lawrence Baker using Forticrete tiles and the second was for their William Bradford Court retirement development project in Doncaster for client McCarthy & Stone [pictured below] using Wienerberger’s Sandtoft Flanders Neo Pantiles.
Last year we were lucky enough to scoop the ‘Commercial Property Application Using Roof Tiles’ award alongside Tudor Roof Tile Co at the inaugural Pitched Roofing Awards for our roofing work on the £10 million Music School at King’s College School in Wimbledon. Working with drainage, solar and plant contractors, we managed all aspects of the flat roof coverings and metal copings at the interface between the flat and pitched areas.