Project at a glance
Project: Fairmile Chapel, Reading Rd, Cholsey, Wallingford OX10
Services provided: Pitched roofing
Main contractor: Linden Homes
The site of the old Fairmile Hospital in Cholsey has been redeveloped for housing as part of the Cholsey Meadows scheme, and one of the finishing touches of the development has been the refurbishment of old Fairmile Chapel.
Built in 1870 and designed by C. H. Howell in an early English style, it served as the chapel for the hospital. The restoration of the listed building has included having a new roof, and the chapel is now in use as a community centre in Cholsey.
The roofing installation
The project entailed stripping the old roof, and the planning had to take into consideration a colony of bats.
Once the roof had been stripped and repairs had been made to the close boarding fascias, the process of re-roofing first started with a layer of insulation using TLX Gold Breather Membrane. Counters were then overlaid on the boarded roof space battens ahead of the use of Marley Eternit’s clay plain tiles (Ashdowne Aylesham mix) to match the existing tiles.
Finally, the roofing teams finished off the installation with lead detailing within the roof.
Why Bracknell Roofing?
The curved elevation at the rear of the chapel is the outstanding feature of the project – which was completed in four months by a team of highly experienced roofers.
Bracknell Roofing used all of its 40 years’ experience and knowledge as a slate and tiling contractor to plan and oversee the work for Linden Homes. It checked all specifications as part of a robust process of compliance with relevant regulations and manufacturers’ recommendations in respect of key issues such as fixings and ventilation.
This project is yet another example in which Bracknell Roofing has demonstrated its commitment to being “big enough to trust, small enough to care”.
“The roof had to be stripped very carefully in accordance with the work of the conservationists, who were onsite every day checking for bats as each tile was removed. This was a painstaking but necessary process; once completed, we were able to set about re-roofing. The curve on the roof made it a deceptively complicated installation, requiring soaking and moulding the roofing batten around the curve, cutting tiles across the face for the angled finish and then dressing the lead around the curve. This was all in a day’s work for the highly skilled and very experienced team from Bracknell Roofing.” Clive Nash, Project Manager, Bracknell Roofing.