ENVIRONMENT AWARDS: Sky is limit for roof firm

Sheffield Telegraph Enviroment Awards 2012 at Sheffield Collge ''The Business Award presented by Managing director of Sheffield Newspapers to Martin Brooks
Sheffield Telegraph Enviroment Awards 2012 at Sheffield Collge ''The Business Award presented by Managing director of Sheffield Newspapers to Martin Brooks

DESCRIBED as a ‘vital cog’ in the continued preservation of an important piece of Sheffield history - roofing specialists Martin-Brooks were worthy winners of this year’s Business Award.

The firm has made a huge contribution to the Shepherd Wheel site in Porter Valley, with its highly-skilled craftsmen being called upon to use their traditional stone slating technique to re-roof a workshop and visitors’ centre at the former grinding mill.

On top of this, Martin-Brooks is cementing its position at the forefront of green roofing.

It recently began pioneering a new breed of solar panel installations which will enable renewable technology to be applied to lead roofing - a move which could potentially help drive down theft of the material from roofs across South Yorkshire.

Awards host Clare Frisby praised their efforts in fighting crime and raising its green credentials, before John Bills, managing director of Sheffield Newspapers Ltd, called them up on stage.

Scooping the Business Award, sponsored by The Star, was the latest in a string of accolades for the firm, which came runner-up in last year’s National Federation of Roofing Contractors. The company is also listed on its heritage register.

Collecting the award, director John Elmore said: “This (solar panelling) is the first of its kind. It is going to be happening on church roofs and hopefully will help the problems with people stealing lead.

“We’re really proud to be involved with it.”

The runners-up who received special mentions in the Business Award category were green conference and events centre Green Directions, of Stannington, Sheffield and Silva Power, a South Yorkshire firm which specialises in the production and supply of biomass fuel. Silva Power has branches in Barnsley and Sheffield and has been supplying Premium Grade wood fuel to the local area since 2004.