2019 - Case Study
This project was awarded first place in the 2019 UK Roofing Awards and was Highly Commended in the 2019 Pitched Roofing Awards and 2020 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards (Building Crafts).
Old Leylands house is a stunning 5 bedroom character country home with a large garden which dates from approximately 1914. However, it was discovered once the roofs were stripped that the original part of the house which was a simple four hipped roof may have dated from earlier times with many additions and extensions added over the years. The original tiles were a mixture of peg tiles and nibbed tiles which were spalling, broken and missing and also various repairs had been poorly carried out over a number of years by previous owners.
The roof is made up of 25 intricate slopes with 4no. projections on the south rear elevation with run out gutters in between. The west elevation comes off at an acute angle with the roof pitch changes from approx. 45° at the eaves increasing to 70° mansard towards the top.
It was decided that as a large proportion of the existing tiles were not suitable for reuse, the quotations should be prepared for various new nibbed plain tiles with a price range from machine made clay to hand made clay. It was also decided that the hand made Goxhill tiles would be used, as the client wanted to keep the character of the house looking correct for the period.
The client required the insulation to be Eco friendly so we decided to use Sheepswool and not PIR solid insulation or roll-out fibre glass.
The existing clay tiles were removed and any sound salvageable were taken back to our yard for use on future projects i.e. extensions or re-roofing. The remainder together with batten were placed into segregated rubbish skips and taken away for recycling.
We agreed with the client before starting the works how long the project would take which had to be kept to as other trades were to follow i.e. window fitters and landscape gardeners.
The day to day running on site was managed by two of our heritage foremen so that there was always one on site at all times to cover holiday periods . Throughout the job approx. 6no. roofing assistants and tiling improvers were engaged on the project, along with our leadworkers, stonemasons, carpenters, decorators and our specialist rainwater sub-contractor.
Once the project was underway our contracts manager and roving supervisor undertook regular visits and organised deliveries and the workforce required as the project demanded.
We undertake a customer satisfaction survey periodically throughout the year and the feedback received from our client on this project was as follows:
"Stephen Burgess was very helpful and responsible throughout the project. It was very well managed and we are delighted with the quality of the work".
Congratulatory letter from our MP, Maria Caulfield (click to vie PDF).