North West News and Events

  • Incredible amount raised for President's charity at 2021 UK Roofing Awards

    by Pip Applegate | May 20, 2022

    Amelia's Fund of the Epilepsy Society, is NFRC's President, Kevin Taylor's chosen charity.

    During the 2021 UK Roofing Awards our amazing members and guests of the event, raised a whopping £10,330 for the fund.

    Epilspsy Society Certificate May 2022

     

    The money really does help make a huge difference towards the society's work towards giving people with epilepsy the best opportunity for a full life—as free from seizures as possible.

    A heart felt thank you to each and everyone of you who donated.

  • Roofing Occupations Level 3 Roof Slating and Tiling SAPS available for September start at CoRE in Hereford

    by Pip Applegate | May 09, 2022

    The Centre of Roofing Excellence (CoRE) in Hereford has been awarded CITB funding to run the specialist applied-skills programmes (SAP) in Roofing Occupations Level 3 Roof Slating and Tiling.  

    This is a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to progress their career in roofing as it covers: curved roofs, complex valley detailing, pricing, estimating and sustainability to name but a few.  The new entrant programme will lead to a vocational qualification (NVQ Level 3), and is considered by trade associations and employers as 'sector apprenticeships'. The course is 30 days in duration and will run over 18 months, starting in September 2022. The course is covered by the CITB’s Travel to Train initiative allowing CITB registered companies to claim 80% of accommodation and travel costs.  

    Participants will undertake the training at CoRE’s state of the art training facility in Hereford, which is also an NFRC Centre of Excellence. Learners will be trained under the supervision of Andy Rowlands, an NFRC and IFD Roof of the Year Winner, SkillBuild Judge and IFD mentor, along with fellow SkillBuild Judges, Bob Coutts and Matt Timby.  

    For further information and to register interest, please contact Jo Lear.  

     
    CoRE Hereford training facility
     
  • New committee members for NFRC North Western England and Wales region

    by Pip Applegate | May 09, 2022

    NFRC’s North Western England and Wales region has successfully recruited eight new committee members including a Chair to support, enhance and promote the strategic goals of NFRC locally. At a time when the industry is faced with a number of challenges, the new committee bring their experience, empathy, skill sets and knowledge to create a professional, involved and proactive approach to the region with a view to raising the profile of NFRC and encouraging further member engagement.

    The new committee members are:

    Mike Ward 2022

    Mike Ward
    (North West Regional Chairman) Director, Comm Commercial Projects

    A Quantity Surveyor by trade, Mike has a bias towards cladding and sheeting, although does undertake felt flat roofs too. Mike currently works for a cladding and roofing contractor based in Liverpool, but his past experience includes Healthcare and Civil Engineering, both contractor and client side.

    Jennifer Beddard NW Committee 2022

    Jennifer Beddard
    Director, Beddard Roofing Ltd—a successful family run business

    Jennifer works in domestic roofing with her husband, and wants to help improve and raise the standards throughout the industry. Jennifer is looking forward to working with NFRC to promote the benefits of membership, and the work of NFRC and its members to the wider public.

    Thomas Carroll NW Committee 2022

    Tom Carroll
    Director, The Sovini Group

    With a career in roofing since he was fifteen years old and having worked within a family business which has since been incorporated into The Sovini Group. Tom’s full circle career history enables him to relate to the issues with both smaller and larger members which is of great advantage to the members within the region.

    MELISSA FAZACKERLEY NW Committee 2022

    Melissa Fazackerley
    SHEQ Manager, Longworth Building Services—a leading building envelope contractor

    Melissa is responsible for reviewing and advising on policy, procedures and new initiatives for safety, health, environment and quality on all Longworth sites. Additionally, throughout the business, Melissa brings her knowledge and experience to training, strategic planning and essential works on risk management.

    Caroline Haslam NW Committee 2022 Sepia

    Caroline Haslam
    Head of QSHE at FK Group Ltd—a leading full building envelope provider

    FK Group specialise in roofing, cladding, glazing and maintenance across many sectors with a focus on innovation, applying new thinking, exploring and refining ideas. Caroline’s areas of expertise are Occupational Health and Safety with a particular interest in the health of the workforce.

     

    Jonathan Jones
    Director, Flintshire Roofing Ltd—a long-established roofing specialist

    Since establishing in 1994 Flintshire Roofing has grown to become one of the most experienced and respected roofing companies, covering North Wales, Cheshire, the Wirral and Liverpool.

    Phil Medford NW Committee 2022

    Phil Medford
    Divisional Director, HS Roof Clad—a family owned and run business

    HS Roof Clad provides total envelope solutions within industrial and commercial sectors. Phil brings a broad range of experience within the industry and in his current role to help deliver our objectives.

    Joanne Stewart NW Committee 2022

    Joanne Stewart, Office Manager
    Spar Roofing on the Wirral in Merseyside

    Spar Roofing is a family-run business, founded in 1978 by Joanne’s father, David Stewart. Joanne has taken over the running of the business and wants to share her knowledge and experience with other Members, along with helping to improve and develop the region on many levels.

     

    Juliet Thompson, NFRC North West Regional Manager said:

    JulietThomspon"I am highly enthused by the new chair and committee members we now have in place for the North West region. I believe that the combined experience and diversity across the membership will bring fresh input and reinvigorate the understanding of what NFRC does for the sector, its members and the wider public. There are some new working methods that are being introduced into the region and the new committee members are contributing with ideas and fully supportive to the positive changes required. The respect and enthusiasm shown towards NFRC by the new committee will help us to reshape and improve on all levels.

    It is worth noting, we would like to hear from any like-minded members who are interested in making a difference to the region. I would welcome discussions with any NW Members who might also be interested in joining."

  • Insulate, then generate: energy strategy should put efficiency first, says NFRC

    by Catherine Oxley | Apr 26, 2022

    In response to the government’s British energy security strategy, James Talman, CEO of NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors), said:

    ‘We are pleased to see the government’s plans to increase solar capacity across the UK, with expectations that deployment will increase fivefold by 2035. We encourage the government to capitalise on the many acres of industrial flat roof space across the country for the situation of panels, rather than using solar ‘farms’ on land that would otherwise be useful for agricultural or other purposes.

    He added:

    ‘The elephant in the room is that the strategy lacks new provision to improve energy efficiency. Reducing demand is a quick win: the first step to meet the UK’s needs should be improving the energy efficiency of our buildings through properly insulating roofs and walls. Fitting a roof with solar panels is an excellent way to provide a source of power for business premises and homes, but if the building is heated yet poorly insulated, a proportion will be lost straight away. Investing in generating more power holds less weight if a substantial proportion of it will be immediately—avoidably—wasted.

    He concluded:

    ‘The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has said that improving the energy efficiency of the entire UK building stock is a national infrastructure priority and should be recognised as such by the government. Let’s focus on energy efficiency in conjunction with efforts to generate green energy, so that what we generate doesn’t go to waste.’

  • Rishi’s roof retrofit mission

    by Pip Applegate | Mar 23, 2022

    Chancellor must build on the foundations of his Spring Statement.

    Commenting on the 2022 Spring Statement, Chief Executive of NFRC, James Talman said:

    "I am delighted to see that the government has listened to our calls as an industry to promote the installation of energy efficiency measures by slashing VAT to zero per cent, on technologies including rooftop solar and roof insulation. It is encouraging to see the government invest in minimising heat loss and creating clean energy to power our homes.

    "However, we need to go further to deliver significant emissions reductions and achieve net zero by 2050. Our homes account for 35 per cent of the UK’s energy use and emit 20 per cent of its carbon dioxide emissions. We urge the government to adopt the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) National Retrofit Strategy, which offers a comprehensive long-term plan to make our homes greener and get on track to reach net zero. 

    "The Chancellor has also promised today that his Autumn Budget will include a cut to tax on capital investment by businesses. In order to support UK businesses to invest whilst delivering on net zero targets, we urge him to create a Green Annual Investment Allowance, which would allow investors and building owners to reclaim the tax on any green investment in commercial and industrial buildings, such as improving the energy efficiency of roofs. The longer we take to retrofit our existing building stock, the harder that task becomes—we need to see the Chancellor take leaps towards greener buildings.

    "The construction industry along with many others will welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that fuel duty will be cut by five pence per litre, giving businesses help to continue operating amid rampant price increases. Whilst NFRC and the wider industry greatly supports efforts to increasingly power our industry with cleaner energy, we welcome moves to support businesses through this particularly challenging period."

  • NFRC warns homeowners to not attempt roof repairs themselves after storm damage

    by Catherine Oxley | Feb 18, 2022

    Following reports of damage to homes, train stations and schools, as Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice wreak havoc across the UK, the roofing trade association NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) is advising homeowners of correct steps to take if their roof is damaged as a result of extreme weather, and to not attempt repairs themselves.

    Homeowners should always enlist a professional to safely inspect and remedy damage to their roof, which carries many risks such as working at height. Finding a reliable and bone fide contractor can be challenging, and NFRC recommends using a company that is regularly audited and complies with a strict code of practice, and is a member of a trade federation like NFRC. This gives the homeowners peace of mind and ensures proper repairs will be undertaken.

    By using an NFRC member, you can be reassured that the roofing contractor has:

    • A good trading record and financial stability
    • Satisfactory insurance cover
    • Committed to compliance with relevant health and safety, British and European Standards as well as the NFRC Code of Practice
    • Been vetted and regularly inspected by an NFRC Inspector.

    Find an approved roofing contractor using the online NFRC member search. There are NFRC contractors operating across every region of the UK.

    When considering having repairs done, NFRC recommends:

    1. Familiarise yourself with common roofing terms

    Roofing is full of weird and wonderful terms and this can be confusing at times. For example, do you know the difference between a ridge and a verge? Or where the valley on a roof is? Do you know what flashing is and why it’s needed? Whilst it’s not necessary to be a roofing expert, it’s useful to have a basic understanding of the different terms, to help you make the right choice and not be taken advantage of.

    The NFRC Homeowner’s guide to roof work offers an introduction to basic roofing elements and designs.

    2. Understand the design of your roof

    Roofs come in all shapes and sizes and can often be complex in order to improve the look of a building both internally and externally. For example a vaulted ceiling can create a focal point inside a home. However, in the UK the most common roof designs are:

    • Gable design
    • Hip design
    • Hip and valley
    • Dormer.

    Do you know which design your roof has?

    3. Know what materials you want to use

    The type of materials used for any roofing work will depend on whether your roof is pitched or flat. Pitched roofs tend to be covered with roof tiles of varying shapes, sizes and materials, the most common being:

    • Interlocking roof tiles
    • Pantiles
    • Plain tiles
    • Slate
    • Lead
    • Metal.

    Homeowners should be aware that there is a shortage of some roofing products—shortages of concrete and clay roof tiles were reported by almost a third (32 per cent) of roofing contractors in a survey undertaken by NFRC for the final quarter of 2021. So, if you need to have tiles replacing, make sure you talk to your roofing contractor as soon as possible.

    If you are having work done to a flat roof, there are a lot of different waterproofing materials and systems to choose from including;

    • Torch-on felt
    • Single ply
    • EPDM
    • Mastic asphalt
    • Liquid applied.

    4. Work out if your project comes under building regulations

    Homeowners are legally responsible for ensuring that any structural or alteration work undertaken on their property complies with building regulations—so it’s important you find out if any roof work is covered by this before undertaking a project. If you are having more than 50 per cent of your roof replaced or renewed then you must upgrade the roof to the current minimum energy efficiency standard, and notify your Local Authority 48 hours before the work commences.

    However, if you use a roofing contractor who is part of the NFRC Competent Person Scheme (CPS) they will be able self-certify the work, saving you the hassle and cost of a local building control inspection. Find more about NFRC Competent Person Scheme for roofing.

    5. Do your research to find a quality roofing contractor

    Sadly, finding a quality roofing contractor can be a minefield and there are many cowboy roofers out there who can do a poor job and leave homeowners in the lurch. To protect yourself:

    • Always get three quotes for any work
    • Always get a quote in writing, that covers what work is included and not included
    • Don’t just go for the cheapest option
    • Ask if the contractor has insurance and what this covers
    • If you don’t understand anything, ask them to clarify
    • Ask them if they are registered with a trade body like NFRC.

    Philip Campbell, NFRC’s Head of Policy and Communications, said:

    As Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice threaten homes across the UK, it’s vital that homeowners are aware of the action that they need to take to ensure their roof is properly repaired safely if there is damage. The Homeowners’ guide is a valuable tool in ensuring you understand the work that needs to be undertaken and that you get the right contractor.

    Our data for the 2019/20 financial year showed that NFRC members have an accident rate 13 times lower than the national average. NFRC members also reported zero fatalities for the fifth year in the row in 2019/20. This shows how important it is to use a contractor who is properly vetted and will work safely and to the correct standards on your home. Contractors should only continue work when the weather conditions mean it is safe to do so.

  • Roofing contractors bullish about 2022 but blighted by spiralling costs

    by Catherine Oxley | Jan 31, 2022

    Roofing contractors are optimistic about their workloads for 2022, with 43 per cent of contractors expecting further growth over the next year, according to the NFRC/Glenigan State of the Roofing Industry Survey for Q4 2021.

    However, contractors reported being hampered by rising costs in the last quarter of 2021, with 86 per cent of roofing contractors experiencing rising material prices and over half (55 per cent) indicating rising labour costs on the previous quarter.

    Whilst most (61 per cent) have been able to pass these costs on, through raising their tender prices, a significant proportion (39 per cent) of contractors haven’t been able to, and will have to absorb these costs themselves. These price rises are set to continue into 2022, with the price of energy going up and labour availability worsening.

    The survey also found that:

    • Workloads grew in Q4 2021—a positive net balance of 30 per cent of roofing contractors saw their workloads grow in the last quarter of the year, down on the previous quarter. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of growth since the survey began.
    • Future enquiries remain strong but down on the previous quarter—contractors in the domestic and commercial repair, maintenance and improvement sectors reported the highest growth in enquiries.
    • Growth was experienced across all sectors—however, the biggest slowdown in growth was seen in the new build residential sector, which saw 20 per cent of roofing contractors reporting growth, down from 36 per cent in the previous quarter.
    • Scottish roofing contractors are most buoyant—72 per cent of respondents from Scotland reported growing workloads in Q4 2021. Wales saw a slowdown in its growth on the previous quarter and was the only part of the UK to see lower workloads compared to the previous year.
    • Roofing contractors are using sub-contracted labour to help recruitment difficulties—One in ten (11 per cent) of respondents reported increasing their use of sub-contracted labour as 74 per cent of firms said they experienced greater recruitment difficulties over the quarter.
    • Roof tiles continue to remain in shortage— just under a third (32 per cent) of roofing contractors reported difficulty obtaining concrete and clay roof tiles. Just over one in five are struggling to obtain timber battens and insulation.
    • The majority of roofing contractors have to wait more than 30 days for payment—63 per cent of respondents reported that it takes more than 30 days to be paid.

    Commenting on the survey results, NFRC’s Head of Policy and Communications, Philip Campbell, said:

    On the face of it, roofing contractors are feeling bullish—most have seen five consecutive quarters of growing workloads, and the pipeline of future enquiries remain robust, and are therefore mostly optimistic that workloads will continue to grow over the year. However, this optimism is dampened by the reality of spiralling cost increases, the likes of which haven’t been seen in recent times.

    What is most concerning is that over a third of roofing contractors haven’t been able to pass these costs on in their tender prices. Many contractors are operating on very tight margins, and their working capital has already been eaten away by things like retentions, late payment and more recently, reverse charge VAT. If these costs continue to rise, the financial health of many firms could be put in jeopardy. Manufacturers and clients must work collaboratively with specialist contractors to ensure these costs are distributed fairly throughout the supply chain and fixed price contracts are honoured.

    Allan Wilén, Economics Director at Glenigan said:

    Roofing contractors continued to grow their workload during the final quarter of last year, despite the disruption of labour and material shortages. An increase in new enquiries bodes well for the first quarter of 2022 and contractors anticipate a further strengthening in workload over the course of this year.

    Download your copy of the NFRC/Glenigan State of the Roofing Industry Survey for Q4 2021.

  • NFRC updates Blue Book with latest standards, regulations and guidance

    by Catherine Oxley | Jan 17, 2022

    NFRC has published the Fifth Edition (Revision A) of 'Profiled sheet roofing and cladding—the NFRC guide to design and best practice', more commonly known as the 'Blue Book'.

    NFRC Blue Book for sheeting and cladding fifth edition revision A

    Aimed at designers, managers and estimators, the Blue Book provides an accessible and practical guide to the application, design and installation of profiled sheeting for roof and wall cladding.

    With the help of the NFRC Sheeting and Cladding Technical Committee and other stakeholders, the Blue Book has now been updated and reviewed to ensure it reflects the most recent changes in building regulations, Approved Documents, industry standards, and modern techniques.

    For the first time, the Blue Book now provides a breakdown of the differences in building regulations between all four Devolved Nations. The revised Fifth Edition also incorporates the updated BS 5427 Code of Practice for the use of profiled sheet for roof and wall cladding on buildings.

    All NFRC members involved in sheeting and cladding will receive a digital copy of the Blue Book via email. Those who would like a copy should request one by completing the online request form. Additional copies can be purchased by NFRC members for £30 (£45 for non-members) (plus postage and packing).

    Special thanks go to EJOT for kindly sponsoring this Fifth Edition of the Blue Book.

    Commenting on the publication, NFRC's Head of Technical and Training Bob Richardson said:

    "The Blue Book, now in its fifth edition, is widely used and respected across the industry, being an essential guide for those responsible for design and detailing alike. We are pleased to publish this latest revision which ensures the Blue Book is brought up-to-date with the latest regulations and standards. It also, for the very first time, has a breakdown of the differences in regulation between the Devolved Nations.

    "I would like to thank the members of the NFRC Sheeting and Cladding Committee, members of NARM, as well as Tom Ogilvie, Bill Hawker, Andrew Brown and William Bird who gave up their time to help produce this revision. I would also like to thank EJOT for kindly sponsoring this edition of the Blue Book."

    Managing Director of EJOT in the UK, Robert Hardstaff, said:

    "As manufacturers, we share an objective with NFRC to encourage best practice and to support the sector by aiming to improve quality standards from specification through to installation. In a climate where change is moving at a pace, we embrace the originality and innovation of an industry where new products and techniques provide an objective response to these market demands. It's therefore vital to keep our technical knowledge fully updated—and that's what makes the Blue Book so vital."

  • NFRC launches new Roofing Careers Service to address chronic skill shortages

    by Catherine Oxley | Jan 12, 2022

    NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) has today (Wednesday 12 January 2022) launched the NFRC Roofing Careers Service.

    This free online resource is aimed at young people, career changers and employers. It was created to help tackle the chronic skill shortages in the roofing and cladding industry by placing roofing careers information, guidance and links to other useful resources in one central place.

    This new service aims to tackle skill shortages both by attracting new people into the sector and helping employers to recruit. This comes following NFRC’s State of the Roofing Industry Survey for Q3 2021, which found that over three quarters (77 per cent) of roofing contractors were experiencing recruitment difficulties.

    The Roofing Careers Service website is completely free to use and is open to both NFRC members and non-members alike, as well as young people, parents, teachers and career-switchers.

    The Careers Service is split into the following categories:

    • First steps on the ladder (getting in)—this is aimed at young people and their influencers, providing them with clear careers advice, encouragement and signposting.
    • Holding the ladder for others (employers portal)—this is aimed at employers to help them to build their businesses, take on an apprentice or trainee, and recruit in an inclusive way.
    • Later in the year, two extra sections on career progression (Climbing the ladder) and leadership and other professional roles (Rooftops) will be launched.

    The Careers Service website includes real-life roofing career case studies and job profiles showing the breadth of roles in roofing from apprentices, to estimators, to Managing Directors.

    For employers, the website includes many free resources, including job descriptions, basic financial planning templates, advice on employment contracts, links to grants and funding opportunities.

    On top of the free online portal, NFRC members also have access to tailored support and advice on recruitment, employment and training.

    Commenting on the launch of the Roofing Careers Service, NFRC Head of Careers, Ruth Scarrott, said:

    Our industry has so many great career opportunities, and we want to showcase this—that is why we have created a dedicated Roofing Careers Service. Whilst there are already a plethora of resources on careers in construction, these are spread across lots of different places, which can make it confusing for a young person and are often not roofing specific. The Roofing Careers Service aims to tackle this by putting everything related to roofing careers in one central place that can be easily accessed. We will be working with the CITB and other strategic partners to join the dots for career pathways into our fantastic industry. Through this collaborative effort, we hope to attract many more young people to our sector.

    We know that over three quarters of roofing contractors are experiencing recruitment difficulties at this time, and that is why helping employers is an equally important part of the Roofing Careers Service. Whether it is supporting roofing contractors to grow their business, recruit the best talent, or ensure their teams are diverse and inclusive, the Roofing Careers Service is there to help.

    I would like to thank everyone who has contributed so far to developing this new resource, including members, colleges, training providers and training groups. The Roofing Careers Service is an evolving resource, and we will regularly update it with new content. If you have any ideas or content you think should be included, please let us know.

    Lucie Wright, Careers Strategy Manager at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) said:

    Informing, inspiring and attracting new recruits is essential to ensuring the construction industry thrives—and NFRC’s new Roofing Careers Service will form a valuable part of this alongside Go Construct.

    We continue to work with industry partners to provide careers support, advice and guidance on specialisms within the roofing sector.” 

    Take a look at the NFRC Roofing Careers Service portal.

    NFRC members who have any careers related enquiries can contact careers@nfrc.co.uk

  • New Research: Get UK roofs ready for climate change now or face the consequences

    by Catherine Oxley | Dec 17, 2021

    New research by the University of Southampton for NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) shows how the UK’s rooftops will be essential in mitigating the risks of flooding and overheating as the climate becomes wetter and warmer due to climate change.

    New research by the University of Southampton for NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) Charitable Trust has found that the way the UK builds, maintains, and upgrades its roofs going forward will be critical to how we adapt to a wetter and warmer climate. Failure to change the way we use our roofs could cost lives, people’s livelihoods, and productivity, through overheating and flooding.

    The research highlights the potential of various roofing technologies to:

    • Cool the temperature of a building as well as the surrounding environment.
    • Store and slow the rate of rainwater runoff before it even reaches the ground.
    • Generate renewable energy on site through solar PV.

    However, many policy, planning and financial barriers exist, as well as a lack of green skills, holding back these technologies. NFRC, the UK’s trade association for the roofing industry, is now calling on the government to break down the barriers and unleash our roofs’ potential.

    Changes to the UK climate

    Evidence from the UK climate change projections programme (UKCP) shows that over the next half-century, the UK is expected to experience:

    • Warmer and wetter winters, and hotter and drier summers.
    • A higher frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including torrential rain and heatwaves.
    • Clearer skies in summer.

    Modelling of reference buildings across 15 cities across the UK in 2030, 2050 and 2080 using future climate projections, found the two greatest risks facing the UK’s built environment from climate change are flooding and overheating.

    Overheating

    The risks vary in different parts of the UK with overheating being a much greater concern in the South East and, in particular, London, where average temperatures are expected to increase by 3 ºC by the 2080s and daily maximum temperature is expected to increase from 22.2 ºC to 27.9 ºC by the 2080s. Buildings at most risk are those with dormer and loft conversions, schools and flats.

    The Committee for Climate Change expected the number of heat related deaths to triple to over 7,000 a year by the mid-century. With more and more people now working from home, overheating could also have a knock-on impact on productivity levels.

    Flooding

    Higher levels and increased frequency of rainfall will increase the possibility of water penetrating through a roof fabric causing leakages, but also severe flooding.

    The UK’s latest Climate Change Risk Assessment puts flooding caused by extreme rainfall as a high risk for the country by 2080, in terms of both building damage and productivity loss. It is therefore critical that measures are taken now to prepare for these changes.

    Recommendations

    NFRC is calling on the government to:

    • Fast-track proposed changes to building regulations relating to net zero homes.
    • Provide financial incentives to homeowners and commercial property owners to retrofit their buildings.
    • Put pressure on local authorities to incorporate roofing technologies that help to build climate resilience into their planning policies.

    NFRC also urges the roofing industry to invest in green skills and diversify their businesses to incorporate new technologies that help build resilience.

    Commenting on the research, Patrick James, Professor of Energy and Buildings at the University of Southampton, said:

    Over the next century we expect the UK to have warmer and wetter winters and hotter and drier summers, with more extreme weather events such as torrential rain and heatwaves. Through modelling built forms across 15 cities in the UK, over three different time periods, we are able to highlight characteristics that increase risk to help decision makers build resilience.

    We must all do our bit to build resilience for these changes to our climate, but what this research shows is that roofing has a key role to play in this. We found that in all locations, a well-designed roof with good ventilation and a medium/light coating can significantly reduce the risk of overheating.

    Evidence from the research community has highlighted the benefits of roofing technologies such as green and blue roofs, notably to reduce flooding risks, as well as providing many other benefits including enhancing biodiversity, reducing the urban heat island effect, and cutting down pollution levels.

    Chief Executive of NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors), James Talman said:

    This research shows that roofs have the ability to build resilience to climate change—whether that be as simple as helping to reduce overheating through greater reflectivity, protection against the cold through enhanced insulation, generating electricity from the sun through rooftop solar PV, or reducing the risk of flooding through attenuating water in blue and green roofs.

    Whilst the evidence is clear, many barriers remain. The roofing industry is already experiencing a skills shortage and an ageing demographic, so unless we invest in green skills now, we won’t have the people we need to be able to deliver this critical work. Furthermore, there are also significant policy barriers—outside of London, the UK is far behind many other countries when it comes to encouraging green, blue and cool roofs, and this needs to change. The government must also introduce a proper retrofit policy, to replace the failed Green Homes Grant, to encourage homeowners to upgrade their homes.

  • NFRC Competent Person Scheme is seeking new inspectors

    by Catherine Oxley | Dec 15, 2021

    NFRC Competent Person Scheme is looking for independent roofing professionals to assist the existing team of inspectors. Please see the job advert below. You can apply here.

    • Company: National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)
    • Industrial Sector: Construction / Civil Engineering Building Services
    • Employment Type: Full-Time / Part-Time
    • Location: UK (London, East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England)
    • Flexible Working: Yes
    • Salary: Competitive

    Job Summary:

    Are you an experienced and qualified roofer who is looking for a change of direction in your career? Then this may be the perfect role for you!

    The NFRC Competent Person Scheme is a government approved, UKAS accredited scheme covering England and Wales. Through a strict vetting process, the Scheme allows roofing contractors to self-certify that their refurbishment work meets Building Regulations requirements without having to obtain local authority building control sign-off.

    As part of its ongoing development, we are seeking independent roofing professionals to assist the existing team of inspectors in delivering our audit and inspection services.

    The main purpose of the role is to undertake assessments of NFRC CPS registered contractors to ensure their compliance to building regulations in line with the requirements of the Scheme.

    We are currently recruiting for the following areas of the UK, although consideration will be given to those in other areas who can demonstrate competency in at least one roofing discipline:

    • Central London and Greater London
    • Midlands
    • South West.

    Qualification and Experience:

    As a minimum requirement, you will hold a NVQ Level 2/3 in either one or more of the following roofing disciplines and have a proven track record in refurbishment projects;

    • roof slating and tiling
    • flat roofing
    • sheeting and cladding.

    Additional Information:

    Hours: Flexible and variable hours (Minimum ten inspections per month)
    Contract: Self-employed

    NFRC CPS is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

    Primary Business Activity:

    Representative Body

    Closing Date:

    9th January 2022

  • Jordan Maley wins Great British Slate Off 2021

    by Pip Applegate | Nov 16, 2021
    Great British Slate Off logo

    Jordan Maley, a slating apprentice from South Lanarkshire College (SLC) and currently working at Owens LRJ Roofing, has won the inaugural ‘Great British Slate Off’. Jordan was one of six student slaters from colleges across the country who competed head-to-head at the NFRC competition on 9 and 11 November 2021 at the Centre for Roofing Excellence (CoRE) in Hereford. The slaters, who had each won initial heats at their colleges, had to show their skills in accordance with a strict specification and within time constraints. They were judged by NFRC’s National Judges and IFD mentors, Bob Coutts and Matt Timby, who were looking for craft knowledge, hand skills, precision and time management.

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    As the winner of the award, Jordan will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Spain with his tutor courtesy of Cupa Pizarras to visit one of their quarries, as well as a free City & Guilds Traditional Basic Leadwork craft course, courtesy of the Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA). He will also be awarded the Mason-Elliot Award by the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers and will be considered for the GB team for the IFD World Championship for Young Roofers.

    The competition was kindly supported by the following organisations:

    • Cupa Pizarras
    • DuPont Tyvek
    • SR Timber
    • Hambleside Danelaw
    • LSTA

    The following colleges and training centres participated in the competition:

    • Bolton College
    • Leeds College of Building
    • Eastern Region Roof Training
    • South Devon College
    • Fife College
    • South Lanarkshire

    Commenting on the prize, Jordan’s tutor Ross Hepburn, from South Lanarkshire College said:

    Firstly, I would like to say a massive congratulations to Jordan on his performance last week—the standard of work on show by all competitors was fantastic, and this must have been an extremely difficult task for the judges. Jordan showed that all his hard work, both in college and on-site under guidance from his employer Owens LRJ Roofing and the SLC Roofing Department, has been well worth the effort. Winner Jordan Maley Tutor Ross Hepburn

    Here at South Lanarkshire College, we encourage all students to participate in competitions in all trades. To win the Great British Slate Off has certainly been a highlight of a trying past few years. Now we are hopefully nearing the end of the pandemic I hope competitions like this will become a normal part of the college calendar again as they are certainly worthwhile in allowing students to showcase their work across the nation.

    GBSO sponsors on t-shirtI would like to say a massive thank you to Simon Dixon and the rest of the NFRC team for organising the event, Andy Rowlands at CoRE for allowing the use of his training centre, and both judges Bob Coutts and Matt Timby who showed a high level of professionalism throughout the competition. Events like these would not be possible without the support of the event sponsors, Cupa Pizarras, Hambleside Danelaw, SR Timber, DuPont Tyvek and LTSA, so a massive thank you for getting involved."

    NFRC’s Training Manager, Simon Dixon commented saying:

    Due to the lack of a SkillBuild/World Skills competition for 2021, NFRC’s Technical and Training Team, including National Judges Bob Coutts, Matt Timby and Andy Rowlands made plans for competition continuity.

    Andy Rowlands offered his training facility, Centre of Roofing Excellence at Hereford for the venue. The colleges and training centres were keen to hold their own internal heat and put forward their winning student for the finals. Alan Bessford from Newcastle College came up with the competition name but sadly was unable to participate this year. 

    The marking and final scores were extremely close, as you would expect for young roofers of such high calibre, a tough job for Bob Coutts and Matt Timby to judge. My congratulations go out to Jordan and his tutor Ross—this is a fantastic achievement. My personal thanks also go to Andy and his team at CoRE, to the whole NFRC team, the sponsors, the tutors and the competitors themselves and their companies for releasing them to participate.

    Hannah Wall, UK Marketing Manager at Cupa Pizarras said:

    The Great British Slate Off was a really well-organised event by the whole team at NFRC that gave roofing apprentices the opportunity to showcase their skills at a competitive event after not being able to do so for some time.

    All the roofing apprentices performed extremely well under the pressure of the competition to deliver incredible examples of natural slate work. It was great to see the six candidates take advantage of the creative element of the tasks to try something different and produce beautiful designs. Both the college tutors and the apprentices should all be incredibly proud of what was achieved over the course of the event. We look forward to supporting events like this in the future.

    Winner Jordan Maley Hannah Wall from Cupa Pizarras

  • NFRC 2021 UK Roofing Awards Winners Announced

    by Philip Campbell | Nov 05, 2021

    The winners of the 2021 NFRC UK Roofing Awards were revealed this afternoon (5 November) at the InterContinental London—The O2. The awards ceremony, hosted by racing driver and TV presenter Tiff Needell, was the first UK Roofing Awards live event to take place in over two years due to the impact of Covid-19. It was the largest ever Roofing Awards, with over a thousand guests in attendance.

    The Headline Sponsor for the event was Radmat Building Products, and BMI were the sponsor of the drinks reception and after-show party. The Awards Knowledge Partner was SIG Roofing, the Awards Industry Partner was QANW, and Cromar Building Products were the Associate Partner.  

    The winners were as follows:

    Roof of the Year—Sponsored by SIG Roofing
    Winner: Progressive Systems Ltd for Places Leisure, Camberley

    NFRC Health and Safety Individual Award
    Winner: Ian Pickard (Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd)

    Young Roofer of the Year—Sponsored by BMI
    Winner: Shane Roberts (J Randall Roofing Contractors Ltd)

    Industry Choice—Sponsored by Radmat Building Products
    Winner: LRL Roofing Solutions for Wythenshawe Forum

    Roof Slating—Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras
    Winner:
    Harwood Roofing Contractors Limited for Leeds Town Hall

    Roof Tiling—Sponsored by Marley
    Winner:
    Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd for Manor Farmhouse

    Heritage Roofing—Sponsored by Skyline Roofing Centres
    Winner: Ellis & Co (Restoration and Building) for Little Sodbury Manor

    Green Roofing—Sponsored by GRO
    Winner: Cawston Specialist Roofing Ltd working with ABG for Leeds Skelton Lake Motorway Services

    Sheeting and Cladding—Sponsored by EJOT
    Winner: Ronald G Graham Roofing and Building Limited for BenRiach Distillery

    Rainscreen—Sponsored by Siderise
    Winner: T A Colbourne Projects Limited for Bournemouth University Gateway Building

    Fully Supported Metal—Sponsored by Metal Solutions
    Winner: Roles Broderick Roofing Limited for Cliff Tops

    Single Ply Roofing—Sponsored by Recticel Insulation
    Winner: D F Roofing Limited working with Soprema UK for St Johns Hill

    Bituminous Hot Applied Liquid Waterproofing—Sponsored by Axter
    Winner: ICS Ltd working with Danosa for Vega Controls Ashdown Business Park

    Cold Applied Liquid Waterproofing—Sponsored by TN International
    Winner: Roofsmiths LLP working with WestWood Liquid Technologies UK for San Remo Towers, Block E

    Mastic Asphalt—Sponsored by WJ Horrod
    Winner: SPV Group working with IKO Permaphalt for St Antony’s College

    Reinforced Bitumen Membranes—Sponsored by Sika Ltd
    Winner: Premier Roofing & Construction working with Langley Waterproofing Systems for Church of the English Martyrs

    Small-scale Project < £25K—Sponsored by FAKRO
    Winner: Emerton Roofing (Western) Limited for Village Hall Turret

    Multi-discipline Project > £250K—Sponsored by Chandlers Roofing Supplies
    Winner: Progressive Systems Ltd for Places Leisure, Camberley

    Commenting on the announcement of the winners, Chief Executive of NFRC, James Talman said:

    My congratulations go out to all those who have won at this year’s UK Roofing Awards. It takes a lot to win a Roofing Award at the best of times, but this year it has been even harder, with all the projects entered having been completed during the pandemic. You should all be incredibly proud.

    I am delighted that we were able to celebrate in person at our largest ever UK Roofing Awards, at the InterContinental at the O2. Whilst our 2020 Awards live event wasn’t able to go ahead, we were still able to recognise the 2020 winners through a feature-length film which was played during the 2021 ceremony and will be available online.

    I would like to thank all those who made this year’s awards possible, notably our Headline Sponsor Radmat Building Products, our drinks reception and after-show party sponsor, BMI and our Awards Knowledge Partner, SIG Roofing, as well as all our other sponsors; Axter, Chandlers Roofing Supplies, Cromar Building Products, Cupa Pizarras, EJOT, FAKRO, Gro, Marley, Metal Solutions, QANW, Recticel Insulation, Siderise, Sika, Skyline Roofing Centres, TN International, and W J Horrod.”

  • Roofing and cladding skill shortages are a ticking time bomb, says NFRC

    by Catherine Oxley | Nov 03, 2021

    NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) is warning of a ticking roofing and cladding skills time bomb as research from Glenigan shows that over three-quarters of roofing and cladding contractors (77 per cent) reported difficulties recruiting suitable labour in the third quarter of the year. 

    Slaters and tilers were the roles in most demand by contractors, according to the NFRC/Glenigan State of the Roofing Industry Survey, reflecting the booming UK new build housing market, but a number of flat roofing roles such as in the built-up flat roofing and single ply discipline were also reported as being difficult to find. Further to this, just under one in ten NFRC members reported difficulties recruiting cladders, which could have an impact on the government's £5bn cladding remediation scheme.
    Roofing contractors have seen the cost of labour go up as a result, with just over half of roofing companies reporting an increase (57 per cent) on this time last year. Alongside this, 92 per cent of roofers have seen material prices rise. 

    The Q3 State of the Roofing Industry also found that:

    • A net balance of 40 per cent of roofing contractors reported growing workloads, down from 54 per cent in the previous quarter.
    • A balance of 28 per cent of members reported higher enquiries.
    • Employment levels grew, with 12 per cent of contractors reporting a growing headcount.
    • The North of England and Scotland saw the highest levels of growth, with Wales being the only part of the UK that saw workloads and enquiries fall on the previous quarter.
    • Over three quarters (77 per cent) of roofing firms reported a deterioration of material availability over the quarter, with 31 per cent reporting shortages of 'all materials'.
    • 92 per cent of roofing contractors reported a rise in material prices.
    • 70 per cent of roofers increased their tender prices over the period.
    • Ahead of COP26, just under half (48 per cent) of roofing contractors were developing or considering developing a net-zero strategy.

    Commenting on the research, NFRC's Head of Policy, Philip Campbell said:

    "The headlines recently have been focused, rightly, on HGV driver shortages, but the next ticking skills time bomb is construction skill shortages, particularly in roofing. We have seen skill shortages become a big concern for roofing contractors throughout this year, and our most recent survey found that three-quarters of our members are now having recruitment difficulties on all sorts of roles from roof slaters and tilers to cladders.

    "The Chancellor this week confirmed multi-billion-pound funding commitments for housing, levelling up, and cladding remediation, but the government may fall short on these targets if the construction skills aren't there to deliver. We saw what happened with the Green Homes Grant when government ambition and supply chain capacity aren't aligned.

    "More generally, whilst it was encouraging to see the roofing and cladding industry grow again this quarter, we saw the rate of growth slow, particularly in the domestic, repair, maintenance, and improvement sector, which could be the result of ongoing material and skill shortages. Roofers continue to remain optimistic for the future, however."

    Glenigan's Economics Director, Allan Wilén said:

    "Roofing contractors' workload continued to recover strongly during the third quarter, and contractors anticipate a broadening in growth over the next twelve months. The rise in workload has been accompanied by widespread disruption to material availability and higher material costs, pressures that are now feeding through as a rise in contractors' tender prices."

  • Rishi raises the roof on business rates relief says NFRC

    by Catherine Oxley | Oct 27, 2021

    Commenting on the 2021 Autumn Budget, Chief Executive of NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors), James Talman said:

    We are delighted that the Chancellor has listened to our calls to exempt plant and machinery used in onsite renewable energy generation and storage from business rates. The business rates system currently discourages investment in commercial rooftop solar PV, taking up 40 per cent of any potential cost savings.

    Commercial rooftop solar has huge potential—according to Solar Energy UK there are over 250,000 hectares of south-facing commercial roof space in the UK that could be used to deploy 30 GW of solar power, creating 2,600 green jobs a year. Today’s announcement will help make this a reality.

    We also welcome the Chancellor’s Business Rate Improvement Relief which will allow businesses to make property improvements and pay no extra relief for twelve months, and we look forward to seeing further details on what measures this will cover. We would also urge the Treasury to monitor the implementation of these business rate changes carefully to ensure that there isn’t a stagnation in investment whilst building owners wait until 2023.

    It was also good to see investment in training bootcamps and facilities for HGV drivers—the construction supply chain has been badly hit by HGV driver shortages, intensifying the material shortages the industry is facing."

  • Have your say in the UK Roofing Awards Industry Choice vote

    by Pip Applegate | Oct 04, 2021

    Voting for the UK Roofing Awards ‘Industry Choice’ category, sponsored by Radmat Building Products, is now open.

    NFRC UK Roofing Awards Industry Choice logo sponsored by Radmat
     
    Everyone is now able to vote for their favourite finalist through an open vote through the UK Roofing Awards Voting Platform. There is one vote per person.
     
    The winner will be announced on 5 November 2021 at the InterContinental London at the O2 during the NFRC UK Roofing Awards 2021 ceremony.
     
    The deadline to vote is 31 October.
     
    Commenting on opening of the vote, Robert Speroni, Managing Director of Radmat Building Products said:
     
    “Now is the chance to have your say on which of the 56 shortlisted UK Roofing Award projects is your favourite—don’t let this opportunity go to waste.

    He added:

    We are delighted to be sponsoring this category as it really showcases the sheer variety, quality and ingenuity of all the projects that have reached the final. It also means that finalists have a second chance of winning even if they don’t win their category.
      
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  • Great British Slate Off—New competition to find the best student roof slater in the UK to take place in November

    by Catherine Oxley | Sep 29, 2021
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    The search for the country's best student roof slater is now on. Taking place at the Centre for Roofing Excellence (CoRE) in Hereford between 8 – 12 November 2021, the NFRC 'Great British Slate Off' competition will bring together the best student slaters from colleges across the UK to compete head-to-head for over six hours.

    Each college will hold their own internal heat prior to the competition, and the winner of each will attend the 'grand final' in Hereford where they will be judged by an expert panel of assessors including Bob Coutts and Matt Timby. Students will be judged on craft knowledge, hand skills, precision and time management.

    The winner will be awarded:

    • Mason-Elliott Award by the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers and be invited to their annual Craft Awards Luncheon in London next year.
    • Will be considered for the team for the 2022 IFD World Championship for Young Roofers.
    • An all-expenses-paid trip to Spain with their tutor courtesy of Cupa Pizarras to visit one of their quarries.
    • A free City & Guilds Traditional Basic Lead Work Craft course courtesy of the Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA).

    The competition will be contested by the following colleges, training providers and training groups:

    • Blton College
    • Construction College Midlands (part of Walsall College)
    • Eastern Region Roof Training Group
    • Leeds College of Building
    • Newcastle College
    • South Devon College
    • South Lanarkshire College

    Commenting on the competition, NFRC Head of Technical and Training, Bob Richardson said:

    "Just like the famed TV show, this will be an intense competition to test the skills and knowledge of the contestants to a strict timeframe-but rather than bakers, it will be slaters. After what has been an incredibly challenging time for the industry, we want to give those learning this craft the recognition they deserve, especially in the absence of a roofing Skill Build this year.

    "I would like to thank all of the colleges that are taking part in this competition, CoRE for hosting, as well as all the suppliers who have helped make this possible, including Cupa Pizarras, Hambleside Danelaw, SR Timber and Tyvek."

    Stuart Black, Cupa Pizarras Area Sales Manager said:

    "Cupa Pizarras is delighted to support the NFRC' Great British Slate Off' competition and support all learners in their journey to being qualified, competent slaters. We sponsor this NFRC event to help reduce the skills gap, and to ensure our world-leading quality natural slate has a base of skilled roofers ready and qualified to fit it to roofs in the UK now and in the future. The cream of colleges will all be competing, and Cupa will take the winner, and the tutor to our quarries in Spain so they can see how much skill and dedication goes into to providing the slate used in this exciting competition."

    Competition Manager Andy Rowlands said:

    "Slating is a fantastic craft, and it is vital we support the next generation in keeping this discipline alive. What better way to do this than through a skills competition? I am looking forward to working with the judges and NFRC to help find Britain's best student slater."

    Competition judge Matt Timby, added:

    "The students will not only have to follow a strict specification using natural slates but will also have to use a little artistic flair to separate themselves from the rest, as there will be room within the work model for an ornamental design of their choosing. I'm looking forward to seeing a high level of competition with some interesting results."

    Competition judge Bob Coutts concluded:

    "It’s just great to be back raising the profile of the industry and showing off the roofing skills of these young competitors from the various colleges and centres throughout the UK.

  • NFRC reconstitutes Roofing Suppliers Group (RSG) with fresh members and new Chairman

    by Catherine Oxley | Sep 28, 2021

    NFRC revealed the members of the newly reconstituted Roofing Suppliers Group (RSG) at their annual suppliers’ conference held at the Institute of Directors on Thursday, 23 September.

    The RSG plays an important role within NFRC, providing strategic direction and input into the Management Board on behalf of its Supplier Members. The committee of twelve is made up of both elected and appointed members, covering all the major roofing categories. The reconstitution of the group follows a recent election, where a record number of 19 members put themselves forward for a position.

    The newly formulated group hopes to support ongoing supply chain communication and engagement on product availability, as well as supporting the industry with new challenges around meeting net zero and digitisation, as well as building and product safety.

    The following were successfully appointed to the RSG:

    • Andy Williamson—SIG (CHAIRMAN)
    • Richard Aldred—Sika
    • Nigel Blacklock—Bauder Ltd
    • Robert Hardstaff—EJOT UK Ltd
    • Mark Harris—Radmat Building Products Ltd
    • Kevin Jones—Metal Solutions Ltd
    • Paul Reed—Marley Ltd
    • Barry Saltmarsh—Spanish Slate Quarries Ltd
    • Paul Simpson—Recticel Insulation
    • John Sinfield—BMI UK & Ireland
    • John Spittlehouse—Euroclad Group Ltd
    • Colin Wells—Keylite Roof Windows

    Andy Williamson, Commercial Director at SIG was appointed as Chairman of the committee. Andy is well known to many in the industry, having spent over 30 years as a supplier to the construction sector and was previously Managing Director of IKO PLC. Andy joined SIG in June 2020 as part of a new management team with a focus on improving relationships with customers and suppliers alike.

    Andy is also currently the Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants and is due to take over as Master in October. As well as sitting on the RSG, Andy has previously been a Director of the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) and has sat on the Construction Products Association (CPA) Industry Principles Council.

    Commenting on his appointment as Chairman, Andy said:

    As Chairman of the RSG, I look forward to working with all suppliers, as well as the NFRC Board, to discuss the current challenges being experienced by all in the supply chain and facilitate a better understanding of how everyone can work better together.

    I also plan to look at future trends and opportunities in the sector to ensure we are ahead of the game. This includes important changes in legislation that are on the horizon, new initiatives such as the Code for Construction Product Information, and supporting our industry its transition to net zero.

    Steve Laurence, NFRC’s National Account Manager—Suppliers and Service Providers, commented saying:

    I would like to offer my congratulations to all those who have been appointed to the RSG. It was an incredibly competitive process with 19 suppliers putting themselves forward. I look forward to working with Andy and the rest of the committee to ensure good dialogue between NFRC Supplier and Trade Members.

    I would like to thank those who put themselves forward for the committee but weren’t successful this time and encourage them to stand in future elections. I would also like to thank Tom Ogilvie, Anthony Carlisle, and David Wigglesworth, who have stood down from the committee, as well as the former chair Mike Crook.

  • New Housing Secretary must focus on quality over quantity says NFRC

    by Catherine Oxley | Sep 16, 2021
    Commenting on the announcement that Michael Gove has been appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Chief Executive of NFRC James Talman said:

    The new Secretary of State must ensure that the government’s target to build 300,000 homes a year is not achieved at the expense of quality. With the construction industry currently facing unprecedented material and labour shortages, there is a danger that a blind focus on numbers could lead to unintended consequences.

    He added:

    Instead, the Secretary of State should work with the construction supply chain to guarantee that those building our homes are competent to do so and ensure that these homes are being built to a safe standard and have high levels of energy efficiency.

    He concluded:

    The Secretary of State has previously pledged his support to the RoofCERT programme to recognise competency in roofing, and we trust that this acknowledgement will be reinforced in his new position. We stand ready to work with the Secretary of State.
  • UK Roofing Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

    by Pip Applegate | Sep 13, 2021

    Following a thorough judging process, the shortlisted projects for the UK Roofing Awards 2021 have now been finalised.

    The Roofing Awards will be taking place as a live event on 5 November 2021 at The Intercontinental London—The O2. The awards will be the first live Roofing Awards since 2019 after the 2020 Awards event was unable to go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The winners of the 2020 UK Roofing Awards will also be showcased at the 2021 event through a dedicated short film produced by the broadcast television producer Dave Packham.

    Tables for the event can be booked at https://www.nfrc.co.uk/uk-roofing-awards/attend

    The Industry Choice Award, Sponsored by Radmat Building Products, will allow the industry to have its say on their favourite project through an open vote and will be opened shortly.

    NFRC would like to thank headline sponsors Radmat Building Products as well as the following sponsors for making the awards possible: SIG Roofing, BMI, Axter Waterproofing Systems, Chandlers Roofing Supplies, Cromar Building Products, CUPA PIZARRAS, EJOT, Fakro, GRO, Marley, Metal Solutions, QANW, Recticel Insulation, Siderise, Sika, TN International and W J Horrods.

    The shortlist for the 2021 Awards is as follows:

    Bituminous Hot Applied Liquid Waterproofing: Sponsored by Axter

    Campbell Wharf, Campbell Park—NRA Roofing & Flooring Services Ltd
    Old Library Site, Slough—Malone Roofing (Newbury) Ltd.
    Vega Controls, Ashdown Business Park—ICS ltd
    Wessex Hotel—Roofsmiths LLP

    Cold Applied Liquid Waterproofing: Sponsored by TN International

    Chesil Cliff House—Western Flat Roofing Co
    Hatfield Tunnel—Itech Roofworks Ltd
    San Remo Towers Block E—Roofsmiths LLP
    Sutton Court Road—Weatherwell Roofing Limited

    Fully Supported Metal: Sponsored by Metal Solutions

    City Chambers, Glasgow—City Building (Glasgow) LLP
    Cliff Tops—Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd
    LGBT+ Centre, Manchester—Longworth Building Services Limited
    The Pavilion Isle Of Wight—Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd

    Green Roofing: Sponsored by GRO

    Ashraya—Sky Garden Ltd
    Leeds Skelton Lake Motorway Services—ABG Geosynthetics & Cawston Specialist Roofing Ltd
    The Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International (CABI)—Malone Roofing
    Williamsgate Water Treatment Works—BriggsAmasco

    Heritage

    Craig house—Southwest Roofing Services
    Little Sodbury Manor—Ellis & Co
    Old Westbury Mansion House—Claude N Smith Ltd
    Sospan—Greenough & Sons Roofing

    Mastic Asphalt: Sponsored by WJ Horrods

    Pacific Court—Sussex Asphalte Ltd
    St Anthonys, Oxford—SPV Group
    Swaylands House—Infallible Systems Ltd
    Worthing Dome Cinema—Sussex Asphalte Ltd

    Multi-Discipline Large Scale (over £250k): Sponsored by Chandlers Roofing Supplies

    Places Leisure, Camberley—Progressive Systems Ltd
    Gibside SEN school—Barclay Roofing
    SCCC Cwmbran Critical Care Facility—Central Roofing South Wales
    Woolwich Creative District—UK Roofing Specialist Ltd

    Rainscreen: Sponsored by Siderise

    Bournemouth University Gateway Building—T A Colbourne Projects Limited
    Gillingham—SPV Group
    Marshall Street, London—Longworth Building Services Limited
    Southborough Hub—Industrial Construction (Sussex) Limited

    Reinforced Bitumen Membranes: Sponsored by Sika

    Church of the English Martyrs—Premier Roofing & Construction
    Gusford Primary School—CWG Group
    Natural History Museum at Tring—Premier Roofing Systems
    Wythenshawe Forum—LRL Roofing Solutions

    Roof Slating: Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras

    Leeds Town Hall—Harwood Roofing Contractors Limited
    Old Radnor—Rowlands Roofing
    Private House, Anglesey—Greenough & Sons Roofing Contractors Ltd
    The Marine Hotel, Troon—Southwest Roofing Services

    Roof Tiling: Sponsored by Marley

    Manor Farmhouse—Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd
    Pendyke—Richard Soan Roofing Services
    Seafield House—Emerton Roofing (Western) Limited
    The Gables—N T Sweeting Roofing Contractors Ltd

    Sheeting and Cladding: Sponsored by EJOT

    BenRiach Distillery—Ronald G Graham Roofing and Building Ltd
    Durrington High School—Industrial Construction (Sussex) Limited
    Old Wallpaper Factory—BRC Industrial Roofing (Midlands) Ltd
    Thales Air Defence, Belfast—David Jameson Roofing Services Ltd

    Single Ply Roofing: Sponsored by Recticel Insulation

    OCL Facades Ltd New Head Office—Contour Roofing (Essex) Limited
    St Johns Hill—DF Roofing Ltd
    St Mary's Episcopal Church, Port Glasgow—Ashton Building Systems (Scotland) Ltd
    The Warren—Invictus Roofing Ltd

    Small Scale Project <£25k: Sponsored by FAKRO

    Castle Road—M&J Group (Construction & Roofing) Limited
    The Cheese Barge, Paddington Basin—Roles Broderick Roofing Limited
    Village Hall Turret—Emerton Roofing (Western) Limited
    Writtle Junior School's Learning Pod—Mells Roofing