Sheffield roofing firm help a move from courtroom to boardroom

Sheffield-based heritage roofing specialist Martin-Brooks has repaired the roof of a former coroner's court that began life as Nottingham's first railway station.

Sheffield-based heritage roofing specialist Martin-Brooks has repaired the roof of a former coroner's court that began life as Nottingham's first railway station.

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Martin-Brooks, the Sheffield-based roofing specialist, is helping Nottingham’s first railway station make the journey from courtroom to boardroom.

The 19th century Carrington Street station adjoins the city’s new court complex and most recently served as Nottingham’s Coroner’s Court.

Now the court has been rehoused and the building is being converted to commercial offices.

Martin-Brooks – which has a long standing reputation for its work on historic buildings - was asked to strip the former station’s natural Welsh slate roof, replacing the battens and underlay before recovering it with 7,000 new slates.

The firm also relined and redesigned the original parapet gutters, to meet current industry guidelines.

Re-roofing the coroner’s court was a major part of a larger programme of refurbishment carried out by contractors, Beighton Construction and project managers, EC Harris, which meant the Sheffield firm had to schedule its work carefully to keep the building watertight at all times.

Martin-Brooks’ contracts director Dale Wright, said: “We were asked to carry out roof repairs to the former station, having worked previously on other court properties and I am pleased to say the job was brought in under budget and within the client’s tight timescale.

“Despite spending only a decade fulfilling its original purpose, this sturdy Victorian structure has proved to be adept at meeting the changing requirements of its occupants and having undergone such a thorough renovation, it is now ready for the demands of modern office life.”