Sheffield-based roofing specialist, Martin-Brooks, is in the running for a national award in recognition of its heritage craftsmanship – for a second consecutive year.
Martin-Brooks is one of only four UK firms shortlisted in the Heritage Roofing category of The Roofing Awards 2011, run by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).
The firm is nominated for its work on the Stableyard Project at Hardwick Hall in Chesterfield, one of the country’s most complete Elizabethan houses. Martin-Brooks was asked to reroof the grade II listed south range of stableyards, which are being opened to the public for the first time in 2012 to provide catering and retail space.
All of the Heritage Roofing finalists have been selected based on the quality of their workmanship, ability to overcome technical difficulties and attention to environmental issues and aesthetics. The award winners will be announced at the NFRC’s Annual Congress Awards Lunch held on May 20 in Brighton at a ceremony hosted by former GMTV presenter, Penny Smith.
Nick Brooks, Martin-Brooks’ director, 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 at The Roofing Awards ceremony in May.”
Martin-Brooks was nominated twice for last year’s NFRC Heritage Roofing Award for its work on Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church at Meadowhead, Sheffield and Derby Roundhouse.
In a separate NFRC initiative, Martin-Brooks has also achieved a Gold Award for Safety in Roofing for the fourth year running. The scheme recognises that Martin-Brooks operates at the industry’s highest standards of health and safety and promotes a positive attitude to reducing accidents in the workplace.