Client: Morris Homes
Services: Roof Slating, Roof Tiling
Erected in 1872, the extensive and exquisite Copsewood Grange had been at the heart of a 200-acre estate in Coventry. There were many owners down the years, several changes in the configuration of the land, and a string of developments, including factory units and a golf course. Part of the site featured in the famous film The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine. Copsewood Grange and its lodge fell into disrepair and were to suffer serious vandalism and fire. Morris Homes stepped in and vowed to preserve the intrinsic value of these fine historic buildings. The Grange would end up as a set of 17 luxury apartments, with slating and ancillaries by Bracknell Roofing.
The original construction was in red brick with a blue slate roof. There had been an impressive entrance bay, marked with the presence of a grand stone portico and projecting roof, Gothic arches, a triple window, and a gabled parapet. The planners demanded like-for-like rebuilding, but the dilapidated state and lack of drawings meant it was ‘make it up as you go along’. High levels of skill were required, and work included extensive use of Code 6 lead and the creation of a Bishop’s Hat. The project was made more challenging by the contractor’s sequencing issues. Gaps in the work programme included one break of two months. The Bracknell Roofing team was never knocked off course.
The roofing sub-contractor who won the slating and ancillaries business at Copsewood Grange soon realised that this task was beyond the skills that could be offered. Quickly, Morris Homes called in Bracknell Roofing, with its reputation as a nationwide slating and tiling leader, bringing over 40 years of experience. Bracknell Roofing provided all the answers. The client realised that the standard of workmanship on this most complex heritage project would have to remain unfalteringly high. Solid central management would be required as well. Bracknell Roofing’s quality management system is registered to, and in accordance with, ISO9001:2015.
“This was an extraordinarily intricate task. The new roofing had to look exactly the same as the old one, dating back to the nineteenth century. This went as far as matching the patchwork of coloured tiles exactly. A demanding conservation officer was in attendance for much of the time, giving out his approvals as the job progressed. The client said that the scheme ‘looks absolutely stunning, and everyone involved should feel proud’. I feel sure that Copsewood will win many awards.”
Paul Redgate, Project Manager