Client: LNT Construction
Services: Slating , Specialist Services
The care developments division of Leeds-based LNT Group specialises in providing turnkey facilities for the elderly, the infirm and dementia sufferers. It has built well over 100 high-specification care homes since 2000 alone at locations around Britain. The new home on Lawley Drive, Telford, is a 66-bed facility designed specifically for people aged over 65 years. All rooms are fully en-suite, there are spacious social areas and the extensive amenities include a cinema, a library and a tea shop, all surrounded by landscaped gardens. It is very much a community facility, integrating with nearby shops, churches, schools and housing, three miles from the centre of Telford.
This was a four-month contract to roof out the new Telford care home. Essentially, we were slating and fixing guttering and downpipes. Marley Birkdale slates were specified. These are recyclable manmade fibre cement pieces with a natural slate finish. They achieve a BES 6001 ‘very good’ rating and offer a low carbon footprint. In addition to slating, the Bracknell Roofing work involved counter-battening and the application of PVC gutters and pipes. We had two-person or four-person teams on site, as necessary.
Bracknell Roofing has built up an enviable reputation for top-quality work. This means that contractors such as LNT Construction regularly direct their pre-project enquiries to the company, in the confidence that there will be an all-round successful outcome. An added factor is that all of the work complies with the latest British Standard BS5534:2014 for slating and tiling of pitched roofs and vertical tiling. The British Standard is a code of practice covering the design, materials, application, installation and performance of slates, tiles, shingles and slates. It also gives guidelines for structural stability, wind loads, weather tightness, aesthetics, durability, hygrothermal factors, sound, external fire performance and sustainability.
“This was a particularly tight site for working purposes. The main contractor had to supply us with cranage. There was also tight scheduling, as we did our jobs around and alongside joiners in particular, plus other trades. The scheme had been publicised as being a local community asset, built on what had been waste ground, so there was a lot of interest in what we were doing. I trust that everyone is very pleased with the outcome.”
Ian Bladon, Regional Contracts Director, Bracknell Roofing