Roofing firm’s heritage hope

Martin-Brooks' roofers working on the stableyard at Hardwick Hall.
Martin-Brooks' roofers working on the stableyard at Hardwick Hall.
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Roofing specialist Martin-Brooks is in the running for a national award that recognises heritage craftsmanship for the second year running.

The Sheffield firm has been shortlisted in the Heritage Roofing category of an awards programme run by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, for its work at Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield, one of the country’s most complete Elizabethan houses.

Martin-Brooks was asked to re-roof the Grade II listed southern range of stableyards, which are being converted to provide catering and retail space and will be opened to the public for the first time in 2012.

Heritage Roofing finalists have been selected on the basis of the quality of their workmanship, their ability to overcome technical difficulties and their attention to environmental issues and aesthetics.

Martin-Brooks’ director Nick Brooks said: “Having our work held up as a national example of best practice in two consecutive years is a massive boost for the firm. We pride ourselves on the quality of our heritage skills and we are dedicated to ensuring traditional roofing methods are not forgotten. We are up against very stiff competition, but we are looking forward to a positive outcome.”

Martin-Brooks received two nominations in last year’s Heritage Roofing Award for its work on Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Church at Meadowhead, Sheffield and on Derby Roundhouse.

The firm has also received a Gold Award from the Federation for Safety in Roofing for the fourth year running.

The scheme recognises firms that operate at the highest standards of health and safety and promote a positive attitude to reducing accidents in the workplace.

Derby Roundhouse was named Project of the Year for the Midland region by the Centre for Constructing the Built Environment and Regeneration Project of the Year.