Case study

Roofing Works at The Nook

27th Jan 2020


At The Nook, EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and support their families.

Their family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services in the family home; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.

Architects Barefoot and Giles produced a complex and challenging roof design which incorporated a range of roofing materials, including natural roof slate, leadwork, zinc, aluminium and single-ply membrane.

Essentially building a single-storey-construction but with a steep roof pitch of 55` and long rafter slopes of around 10m.  The roof area was circa 1400 m2 with 200m2 of vertical feature slating.

Client: East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Project: Commercial Roofing Works

Works Undertaken

  • Breathable roofing membrane, graded and treated roof battens.
  • Install Spanish Cupa Pizzaras H12.500 x 250mm natural slates.
  • New leadwork to abutments and roof valleys.
  • Concrete dry fix ridge system.
  • Vertical slating with mitred cutting to angles.


Due to the interphase between several different trades and materials, careful on-site planning was required to ensure that works were carried out in the correct sequence.

New leadwork to Steep roof pitch of 55` and required the use of ladders for assistance in this regard, with a review of the safe method of working made access for the roof slaters difficult

The number of slates required for the project necessitated careful co-ordination with the supplier with regards delivery and consistency of colour

The intricacy of the roof design led to the need for regular on-site co-ordination meeting as some details evolved as works progressed.

Working through the winter period with the challenges of ice and snow disrupting work and access.