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.

Given the complexity of the project, the expertise of roofers Norwich was sought to ensure the highest quality of workmanship. Their experience in handling diverse roofing materials and challenging designs made them an invaluable asset to the project.