Roofing company in line for award

Martin-Brooks workers re-roofing St Barnaba church in Bradwell
Martin-Brooks workers re-roofing St Barnaba church in Bradwell
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Roofing specialists Martin-Brooks has been shortlisted for a heritage award for its work on St Barnabas Church in Bradwell.

The Sheffield firm has reached the finals of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ Heritage Award for its work on the Grade II listed church.

Martin-Brooks removed all of the Westmorland slates from the roof of the church’s nave, before redressing and reusing them on the chancel and vestry. The nave was then recovered with new, green Westmorland slate, from the Lake District.

Slates had to be nailed to battens and secured with lime mortar to ensure the new roof was in keeping with its 1872 construction and no underfelt was used, which meant considerable care had to be taken to ensure the church remained watertight whilst work was taking place.

Martin-Brooks director Nick Brooks said: “As the NFRC has more than 3,000 members, it is an achievement in itself to reach the final four in the heritage category.

“We look after a wide range of prestigious historic buildings, so being nominated for our efforts at St Barnabas, a local village church, demonstrates the outstanding level of workmanship that goes into each and every project.”