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Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks is being recognised for its domestic and commercial roofing expertise at a national award ceremony celebrating contractor excellence.

The firm has been shortlisted in two categories at the inaugural Pitched Roofing Awards for its work on specialist projects that rise above day-to-day roofing applications.

Martin-Brooks is in the running for awards for ‘best use of cedar shingles application’ for its work on Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and ‘domestic property application using roof tiles’ for the repair and partial re-roof of an unusual home in Sprotborough, Doncaster. The winners will be announced at a gala lunch on November 30 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Working with main contractor, Woodhead Construction, Martin-Brooks clad the exterior of the new build visitor centre at Sherwood Forest in cedar shingles, to minimise its impact on the area, which holds the highest protected status in the UK. As 95% of the walls were curved, this was a labour-intensive undertaking, requiring constant adjustment to the timber frame and supporting brackets to allow the shingles to sweep with the curves.

The domestic property in Sprotborough was noted for its steeply pitched octagonal tower that is built into a curved roof. Redland Rosemary clay tiles were used to repair and re-cover certain areas, including the spire, which required the creation of a number of bespoke details to overcome design issues.

Martin-Brooks director, Nick Brooks, said: “We love the challenges that unusual buildings present and having the opportunity to contribute to these unique projects was a real pleasure. Having our workmanship and technical expertise recognised by an impartial panel of experts is testament to the skill of our roofers and their dedication to producing an outstanding finish. We look forward to the winners being revealed next month.”


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