Exceptional roofing recognised

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HA Magazine reports on the contractors and their partners who have triumphed in this year’s UK Roofing Awards – the 10th time this prestigious competition has been staged by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors in combination with its sponsors.

On the occasion of the 10th annual UK Roofing Awards, the Chief Executive of the NFRC, Ray Horwood was joined on stage by the BBC’s Louise Minchin to present the trophies to a host of outstanding firms and individuals who had managed to impress the judges over and above the very high standards of other entrants. The ceremony was staged at the Hilton Hotel Metropole on 15th May.

While there is often the perception in the wider broadcast  media that the recovery in the UK construction industry is focused on the South-east of England, the winners were actually well spread across the whole of the country with strong representation in Scotland and the north as well as in Wales. 

The award for Double-lap Slating went to Edinburgh based Bolton Roofing Contractors Ltd, for a project in the Scottish capital’s Eyre Crescent, while  Marley Contract Services topped the Single-lap Tiling and Slating category with its work for Scotia Home.  Then back in Edinburgh, Briggs Amasco Ltd scooped the Single Ply Roofing award for the Joseph Black Building on the Kings Campus. Within Snowdonia National Park the Heritage Roofing category was won by Jordan Heritage Roofing Ltd for its efforts on Penmaen Cottage.

Involvement on Manchester’s National Graphene Institute saw the Vertical Cladding/ Rainscreen award go to Lakesmere Limited, while the Reinforced Bitumen Membrane category was headed by M&J Group Ltd for the Neo-Natal Unit at Hammersmith Hospital in London. The other winner around the capital was Icopal Limited – in conjunction with Mitie Tiley Roofing - for Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport where it won the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing award.

Elsewhere across the Home Counties Karl Terry Roofing Contractors Ltd won the Double-lap Tiling category for New Place, Banstead, while the Sustainable Roofs (Shingles & Shakes) award went to Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd for Wadhurst Church Spire, East Sussex. The other Sustainable Roofs category (Green, Vegetated Roofs) went to a company called Organic Roofs, for a boathouse in Hampshire.

There were two awards for projects in Cambridgeshire: the Fully Supported Metal Roofing category was captured by Norman & Underwood Ltd for the Northumberland Observatory, and KGM Roofing won the Roof Sheeting title for Babraham Campus.

As well as contemporary metal cladding and roofing the awards also recognize excellence in the more traditional craft of leadwork.  The Lead Sheet Association’s Young Lead Worker of the Year award went to Ryan Fisher¸ who is self-employed and based in Kent.  Meanwhile the Lead Contractors Association presented the Murdoch Award to John Fulton Plumbers for the firm’s efforts on Govan Waterside in Glasgow.   Then the Murdoch Sponsor’s Award for best leadwork went to D Blake and Co. Ltd for Dumfries House, also in Scotland.

It should never be forgotten that working at height is a potentially dangerous activity and in recognition of her outstanding individual efforts, Pauline Davies of DVC Roofing and Building Limited in Tyne and Wear, was named NFRC Health & Safety Champion 2014. And the award for Exceptional Contribution to Training – presented in partnership with CITB - went to Carol Atherton of Avonside Roofing.

The companies that scored highest within their roofing discipline in the NFRC Safety in Roofing Awards for 2014 were, in pitched roofing; Survey & Construction Ltd¸ for flat roofing; Roof-Link Industrial & Commercial Ltd. The recognition for industrial roofing and cladding went to BRC Industrial Roofing (Midlands) Ltd.

Recognizing the landmark anniversary for the ceremony special awards went to two companies for excellence throughout the 10 year period. Accordingly Outstanding Achievement in Roofing Awards went to Lakesmere Limited and Karl Terry Roofing Contractors Ltd.

A spokesperson for NFRC added: “The Roofing Awards bring everyone within the industry together. Along with NFRC, the awards hosts were the Roof Tile Association, the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association, the Lead Contractors Association, the Lead Sheet Association, the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, Single Ply Roofing Association, the Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association, CompetentRoofer, and the Green Roof Centre.

“Key partners were B&CE Benefit Schemes and The People’s Pension, CITB, Electrical Contractors Insurance Company and QANW*.  Of course the Awards would not take place without the continued support by the sponsors, in particular SIG Roofing who also assists in the continued development of the event. “

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