Roofing firm back in hunt for top heritage honour

Martin-Brooks' roofers working on the stableyard at Hardwick Hall.
Martin-Brooks' roofers working on the stableyard at Hardwick Hall.

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 Derbyshire, 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.

The winners will be announced in May and director Nick Brooks 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. .”

l Martin-Brooks is currently helping to preserve one of Nottinghamshire’s most historic buildings. The firm is completing repairs to the roof and rainwater pipes at the grade I and II listed Kelham Hall, near Newark, as part of a £350,000 refurbishment project.