Heritage roofing specialist, Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks, is proving to be vital cog in the continued preservation of one of the city’s most historic water wheels.
The traditional stone slating skills of Martin-Brooks’ craftsmen have been called upon to re-roof a workshop and new visitors centre at former grinding mill, Shepherd Wheel.
Martin-Brooks is carrying out the roofing work as part of a larger conservation project that includes the refurbishment of the water wheel, machinery and workshops, as well as landscaping and construction of an education centre.
Shepherd Wheel, which is located off the River Porter in south west Sheffield, was originally used to manufacture knives and is one of three locations preserved by the city as examples of its manufacturing heritage. Martin-Brooks’ founding directors, Jeremy Martin and Gerald Brooks, were part of a team of roofers involved in re-slating at the site in the 1970s.
Gerald Brooks said: “The stone slating on the new visitors centre at Shepherd Wheel uses the same techniques that were employed in the original construction of the workshops and again during the 1970’s restoration. Martin-Brooks is committed to upholding the high standards of craftsmanship required to preserve buildings of such historical significance and passing these skills on to the next generation. We are proud to be playing such an integral role in the future of our local heritage and ensuring important landmarks retain their integrity for years to come.”