Client: McCarthy & Stone
Services: Pitched and Flat Roofing
Sector: Commercial and Industrial
William Bradford Court in the market town of Bawtry, South Yorkshire, is named after a leading Pilgrim Father who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. The over-60s retirement development that bears his name consists of 34 fully equipped one- and two-bedroomed apartments, some with private terraces. Among the on-site facilities are a dedicated residents’ lounge, a guest suite for families and friends, and landscaped gardens.
This was a relatively straightforward installation, apart from the acutely restricted site access. Moving materials to the working areas was difficult throughout the six-week contract period, involving pre-ordering of tiles and carefully timed deliveries. Bracknell Roofing installed the roofing for the main residential block and a secondary building. In total, it was 1,600 square metres. New-generation, open-gauge Sandtoft Flanders Neo Pantiles, made from natural alluvial clay, were used for the outer slopes. Sandtoft Terracotta Red Shires were also employed. Both sets of interlocking pantiles provide a traditional look, coupled with durability and longevity.
Developer McCarthy & Stone, also the main contractor at the Bawtry site, assumes responsibility for external maintenance throughout the lives of its retirement home projects. Therefore, solid, trouble-free characteristics are required for every aspect of this and any other development, not least the roofing. McCarthy & Stone left nothing to chance by selecting Bracknell Roofing: a tried, trusted and proven subcontractor on several of its earlier schemes. Of further relevance, all of Bracknell Roofing’s work complies with the latest British Standard, BS5534:2014, which governs the design, materials used, application, installation and performance of slates, tiles and shingles.
“This was a tricky site because of the tight access. As ever, we enjoyed excellent working relations with McCarthy & Stone’s site manager, and that helped a lot. Nothing was going to prevent us from finishing the job on time and to budget, not even the inclement January and February weather. As a side issue, the client was endeavouring to complete sales of the apartments as early as possible. Quite a few prospective buyers came on site while we were there, and we played our part by chatting to them about the quality of products and workmanship that were being applied.”
Ian Bladon, Regional Contracts Director, Bracknell Roofing