Heritage experts at Sheffield roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, are putting the finishing touches to the latest renovation project to enhance their home city’s skyline.
The firm is breathing new life into a tired roof at the grade II listed Saint Mary’s Church in Walkley, to improve conditions for all who gather there.
Martin-Brooks has removed old roofs on the nave, chancel and lady chapel and is recovering the Victorian era early English style church using Penrhyn heather blue Welsh slate. New insulated foil underlay and cast iron rainwater goods are also being installed to equip the 150 year old building for many more years of service.
Commissioned by Bakewell architects, Smith and Roper, the English Heritage/Lottery funded project was completed by Martin-Brooks in approximately six months.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “Saint Mary’s 90-foot spire is a landmark on the north west side of Sheffield and the church has played a key role in the local community since it’s construction in 1867. Ensuring listed buildings are fit for modern use requires skill and patience, but it is a pleasure to be contributing to the preservation of our local heritage by bringing this fine example of Victorian ecclesiastical architecture back to its former glory.”