Firms forge historic link

Martin-Brooks' roofers working on the stableyard at Hardwick Hall.
Martin-Brooks' roofers working on the stableyard at Hardwick Hall.
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Two South Yorkshire firms are joining forces to create a complete renovation service for Britain’s historic buildings.

Two South Yorkshire firms are joining forces to create a complete renovation service for Britain’s historic buildings.

Sheffield roofing specialist Martin-Brooks is linking up with Conisbrough stone mason Historic Building Restoration to work on contracts aimed at preserving the country’s architectural heritage.

The two firms are currently collaborating on two ecclesiastical projects in Yorkshire – the restoration of Christ Church in Liversedge, Kirklees and Holy Trinity Church at Holmfirth, part of the famous backdrop for world’s longest-running sitcom, BBC TV’s, Last of the Summer Wine.

Both South Yorkshire firms specialise in repairs to historic buildings and work closely with English Heritage. Their partnership has enabled them to secure a number of large scale contracts, which require traditional roofing and lead welding practices, as well as specialist stone masonry and cleaning.

Steve Arrowsuch, managing director of Historic Building Restoration, said: “The heritage roofing undertaken by Martin-Brooks complements our masonry services perfectly and we have established an excellent working relationship.

“Together, we can offer a much larger range of traditional skills under the supervision of one main contractor, making what is often a complicated and delicate project simpler and easier for the client to manage.”

Martin-Brooks director Nick Brooks added: “We have already worked with Historic Building Restoration to transform a number of listed buildings, ensuring they survive for years to come.

“The firm has an impressive pedigree in the conservation sector and we are confident that our ongoing collaboration will not only strengthen the tenders we submit, but also boost South Yorkshire’s reputation for quality heritage craftsmanship.”

Martin-Brooks has been shortlisted in the heritage category of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ Roofing Awards for the last two years, most recently for a project at Hardwick Hall.