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Ibstock Community College was built in 1925 in Ibstock, Leicestershire. Having been steadily expanding over the recent years, the school was due be re-roofed as part of a larger refurb project, with the works scheduled to be carried out during the summer holidays in order to minimize disruption to the college life. The project consisted of stripping the old slate roofs of the main college building and laying approximately 1500m2 of new SSQ Domiz Thick natural slates.
The re-roofing of the college is a great example of how challenges can be transformed into more than just advantages, but become a defining feature of the project, all thanks to the professionalism of the roofing contractor. The bat breeding season caused a delay with the project schedule, resulting in the re-roof not completed at the start of the new school year. Instead of seeing this as an obstacle, the contractor NRA Roofing & Flooring Services Ltd used it as an opportunity to run site-based health and safety briefings while engaging pupils in the building works. Each of the 550 pupils was given the opportunity to inscribe a message on the back of the Domiz slates which was then laid on the roof of the building – a legacy for future generations.
SSQ worked closely with NRA Roofing and was able to respond to their schedule changes by ensuring sufficient slate stock was available for this project at the local distributor. By choosing Domiz natural slates, the contractor was guaranteed a total peace of mind in regards to quality, service and aesthetics.
Ibstock Community College is a finalist in the Commercial Property Application Using Slate category at the RCI Pitched Roofing Awards 2018.