Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks is being crowned king of the castles after completing successful roofing projects at two of the north’s most historic fortresses.
The firm’s heritage experts were called in to perform planned repairs at Nottingham Castle and to take part in the restoration of the old bath house at its counterpart in Lincoln.
Several roofs at Nottingham Castle required Martin-Brooks’ attention, as part of a proactive maintenance scheme, which included lead repairs to the 17th century grade I structure, along with maintenance to slates and cast wired roof lights.
At Lincoln Castle, Martin-Brooks has completely reroofed the bath house using like for like slate, as part of a wider scheme of work to renovate the visitor attraction. Main contractor, Woodhead Heritage, also asked the firm to produce a lead plaque to mark the unveiling of its improvements to the south wall.
The recent work at Lincoln follows Martin-Brooks’ involvement in the construction of the castle’s Heritage Skills Centre, which opened last year. The firm returned to the centre again last month to showcase its lead working expertise, as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts exhibition. The two day event attracted more than 2,500 people and gave visitors an opportunity to try their hands at building techniques that have remained the same for centuries.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “It is vital for the protection and integrity of our built heritage that we retain and encourage interest in traditional skills. Our specialist roofers are highly trained craftsmen and it is gratifying to work on prominent monuments where our expertise is appreciated by thousands of visitors each year. It is not every day you have an opportunity to make your mark on history and to work on two castles in such a short timescale is a real honour.”