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New Forest District Council

Sector:

Housing

Services Provided:

Roof Tiling

Main Contractor:

McCarthy & Stone

We are now nearing the end the re-roofing project for New Forest District Council which has seen some 240 of the council’s aging housing stock, including detached, semi-detached and bungalows around the Hythe and Lymington area having completely new roofs.

The project has been managed and coordinated from the Bracknell’s depot in Eastleigh – and the condition of the roofs that the company has replaced is in line with what it would expect from housing stock built in the 1960s and ’70s.

Project Manager Paul Stubbington said:

“New Forest District Council is very diligent in taking into account a range of wider-reaching factors when undertaking any project – in this case, local ecological factors.

“This project is very straightforward for a company of the size of Bracknell Roofing, which has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, and the general condition of the roofs being replaced is that they look tired but there are no major structural problems to be addressed.

“We have been on site since the end of 2016, and we found exactly what we expected to in the state of degradation of materials on houses that are 50–60 years old.”

Re-roofing to current British Standards

Interlocking concrete tiles were originally installed and were secured to rows of timber roofing batten, which themselves overlaid bituminous felt. As the teams from Bracknell Roofing have removed the tiles, batten and felt to strip the roofs back to bare roofing trusses, they have generally found the original pitch roof structures to be in good condition. In cases where they found rotten timber, they have processes in place to report it to the council and organise for specialist carpenters to repair or replace the affected areas.

There have been some instances where the teams have undertaken some individual repairs, but on the whole they were able to start the process of re-roofing almost immediately after stripping each roof.

All of Bracknell Roofing’s re-roofing work complies with the latest British Standard. BS5534:2014 for slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical tiling is a code of practice that covers the design, materials, application, installation and performance of slates, tiles, shingles and slates. It also gives general advice by reference to the criteria for structural stability, wind loads, weather tightness, aesthetics, durability, hygrothermal factors, sound, external fire performance and sustainability

The roofers laid down a new breathable membrane underlay that is secured with timber roofing batten, which is laid in rows, ahead of the fixing of a modern like-for-like equivalent of the concrete interlocking tiles. Lead work, repointing and even replacing chimney pots are the final pieces of work to complete the roof.

Bracknell Roofing depot deployed six roofing teams to work on the contract, and at any one time, 12–16 homes had scaffold around them as work took place.

Wildlife considerations

New Forest District Council is very diligent in taking into account a range of wider-reaching factors when undertaking any project – in this case, local ecological factors.

The council has been working alongside a local ecological consultancy that provides a complete range of assessments to support habitat management planning, mitigation solutions and ecological contracting, including animal exclusion fencing, habitat creation and habitat management. In the case of the housing stock in Hythe and Lymington, special consideration had to be given to populations of bats, swallows and swifts.

Although surveys had already been made for bats and purpose-built boxes have been set up for swifts and swallows, the Bracknell Roofing team are under strict instructions to cover up any nests they come across and report them straight away.

Paul Stubbington added: “Local ecological issues are always factored into the planning on any project that Bracknell Roofing undertakes, but, in this case, New Forest District Council is exemplary in its approach to preserving the habitats of local wildlife.

“It’s another reason why our roofing teams have really enjoyed working on this project.”

The project is due for completion in the early 2018