Roof Progress Update

Roof Progress

Due to the current Covid Level 5 restrictions there has been an interruption to the work on the roof refurbishment.  Permission has been received for a minimal crew to progress with essential work.  The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is predicting a phasing back of works from the 5 th of March with external works being the first form of construction to commence first. Until the Government has announced lifting of the current lockdown, our contractors are operating with limited resources and capacity.

Progress to-date (as of 17th February)

  • All battens and roof felt has been fitted securely on all of the main roof.
  • Slates have been fitted to 95% of the South East facing slope of the roof.
  • All the gutters have been repainted and fitted over new lead flashing at the eaves.
  • Three lengths of gutter have been taken from the lower roof, repainted and used at the upper
  • level. The location where they were taken from at the lower level has been protected from the weather and 3 new sections of gutter are currently being shot-blasted.
  • The access hatch on the North West facing roof is complete and is ready to be installed on site.

Refurbishment of the Cast Ironworks

One of the pressing Health and Safety issues that was prioritising the refurbishment of the roof was the corrosion on cast iron finials and roof tiles on the top of the roof.  These were all removed and sent to a specialist ironworks company to be refurbished.  Significant progress has been made on the ironwork and we have received these photographs of the work to-date.

The restored ridge tiles have been set up in the workshop as trial mock up

Applying the top coat to the components.

Painted components

Nails painted and ready. Extended nails have been made to ensure appropriate fixing into ridge timbers.

Layout for assembly.

First section assembled.

The ironworks are starting to be assembled in preparation for fitting. It is hoped to have all sections assembled and ready for painting in the next few weeks.