Pupils and teachers at Sheffield’s Rowan School will be benefiting from cosy classrooms and comfy corridors this winter, thanks to the expertise of local roofers, Martin-Brooks.
The firm has removed and reconstructed an entire section of roof at the specialist primary school to improve the learning environment and the building’s energy efficiency.
Rowan School, based in the Dore area of the city, caters for children with complex speech, language and communication difficulties. It operates from a 1970’s structure with a central flat roof, surrounded by a large area of pitched glazing that was leaking, poorly insulated and made the classrooms below very hot on sunny days.
Martin-Brooks has replaced the roof felt and swapped the glazed elevations for a new, fully insulated slate covering with Velux skylights that will retain heat in cold weather, yet still offer ventilation in the summer. The work required the firm to coordinate numerous trades, including plasterers and joiners, whilst keeping the building secure and watertight throughout the project.
Nick Brooks, Martin-Brooks director, said: “Removing such a large area of roof is a major challenge on any building, but our roofers and subcontractors worked quickly and efficiently at Rowan School, enabling us to keep disruption to a minimum. Securing this contract allowed us to see firsthand what an important role the organisation plays in the local community and it is a pleasure to know our efforts will have such a positive impact on the day to day lives of its children and teachers.”
Rowan School’s pupils range in age from four to 11 years old and many have autistic spectrum disorders. Martin-Brooks enjoys close links with the organisation, which is one of the nine charities the firm is supporting as part of its 25th anniversary fundraising challenge.