Scotland News and Events

  • NFRC at the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

    by NFRC Scotland | Sep 05, 2018

     Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

    The NFRC was very pleased to be part of the 6th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival which took place from 14-17 August at peak Edinburgh Festival Fringe time.

    The demonstrations and talks were all free-to-attend and took place just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and Architecture & Design Scotland kindly donated their premises to host the shows and all the presenters donated their time and materials to promote traditional building skills and materials and to CITB who sponsored the event.

    Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

    The NFRC kicked off the Festival roof slating and roof leadwork demonstrations delivered by Scott Miller of Compass Roofing and Steve McLennan of Greyfriars Roofing Services. There was a particular focus on the skills and materials required to repair and maintain Scotland’s built heritage.

    An emphasis on the need for regular maintenance and the options for specifying slate in the World Heritage Site when replacing Scotch Slate.

    Both demonstrations were well attended with the audience posing some very testing questions which were answered with the expertise expect.

    Other presenters included experts from Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Lime Centre Trust, British Geological Survey Building Stones Team, University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and others.

    We are very fortunate to have so many tradespersons and professionals who are prepared to donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise but equally, we are fortunate to have so many people who take time out of their busy schedules (especially during the Festival Fringe) to find out more about the built heritage they see every day.

    Lots of positive feedback on Twitter comments such as “terrific mix of hands-on demos, lectures, discussion and, well, Danish pastries. Looking at Edinburgh with fresh eyes now!” and “Good job guys for promoting this amazing topic!”

  • Booking now open for the NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards

    by NFRC Scotland | Aug 17, 2018

    NFRCScotlandAwards2018

    Booking has now opened for attending the 2018 NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards gala lunch held on the 26th October at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

    This year the awards will be hosted by TV broadcaster, Jackie Bird.

    To find out more details and to book your tickets/ tables head to the awards website

  • NFRC Scotland and IoR Scotland Golf Day 2018

    by NFRC Scotland | Jun 21, 2018

    NFRC Scotland and IoR Scotland held a joint golf outing at Kirkintilloch Golf Club on 18 May which was yet another great success.

    There was a “Shotgun” start and many prizes throughout the round including a Mini Convertible for anyone getting a hole in one on the 8th hole, alas despite the good weather, no one drove home with the roof down on a Mini. 

    The format was a “Texas Scramble” which allowed everyone to open up their shoulders and try to hit the cover off the wee white sphere but only with a few succeeding. I suspect that for a while, members of Kirkintilloch Golf Club will be finding golf balls in places they never thought possible. 

    The weather was very favourable and the course was in excellent condition followed by a lot of “if’s”, “but’s” and “maybe’s” over high tea and a drink. 

    Onto the prizes which were presented by Colin McCorquodale (NFRC Board Member and Immediate Past Chair of NFRC Scotland) to:

    • 1st Place – Kingspan Insulation Ltd
    • 2nd Place - SFS Group Fastening Technology
    • 3rd Place – HSR
    • Longest Drive –i Dave Rodgers of Reid Roof
    • Nearest to the Pin – Ben Letham of Saucer Solutions

    There was a raffle and an auction for PlayList for Life which raised £1280. PlayList for Life taps into a recognised phenomenon: personally meaningful music has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers.

    2018 Nearest in 2 Ben Letham cropped

    Nearest in 2 - Ben Letham of Saucer Solutions (Left)

    2018 Longest drive cropped

    Longest Drive - Dave Rodgers of Reid Roof

    PlayList presentation

    PlayList Presentation

    2018 Winners Kingspan cropped

    Winners Kingspan

    2018 Runners Up SFS cropped

    Runners Up - SFS intec

     2018 3rd Place HSR cropped

    3rd Place - HSR

  • Inspiring Construction

    by NFRC Scotland | Jun 12, 2018
    Earlier this month two traditional building skills demonstrations took place in Scotland, one in Edinburgh the other in Falkirk both of which were supported by the NFRC Scottish Region. 
     
    The demos were attended to by local school children, members of the public and MSPs. Following the 'Inspiring Construction' events motions were raised in the Scottish Parliament showing their support.


     
    Inspiring Construction - Edinburgh

    That the Parliament welcomes the Inspiring Construction event in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on 4-5 June 2018; considers that it is widely reported that the construction industry has an aging workforce and projected skills shortages, therefore influential stakeholders across the supply chain came together to promote the industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer and the breadth of roles within construction to help young people make an informed choice about their future careers; notes that the event featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration that included the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Fife Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian, Essential Edinburgh, Built Environment Forum Scotland and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Edinburgh pupils from across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices but was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

    Supported by: Miles Briggs, Liz Smith, Michelle Ballantyne, Gordon Lindhurst, Alison Harris, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ben Macpherson, Margaret Mitchell


    That the Parliament welcomes the Inspiring Construction event in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on 4-5 June 2018; considers that it is widely reported that the construction industry has an aging workforce and projected skills shortages, therefore influential stakeholders across the supply chain came together to promote the industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer and the breadth of roles within construction to help young people make an informed choice about their future careers; notes that the event featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration that included the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Fife Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian, Essential Edinburgh, Built Environment Forum Scotland and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Edinburgh pupils from across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices but was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

    Supported by: Miles Briggs, Liz Smith, Michelle Ballantyne, Gordon Lindhurst, Alison Harris, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ben Macpherson, Margaret Mitchell

  • Maybole Traditional Building Skills Demonstration

    by Scotland Region | May 21, 2018

    Maybole Skills Demo (2) Maybole Skills Demo (1)

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), represented by Arch McCorquodale & Son Ltd, recently delivered a traditional Scotch roof slating demonstration as part of a traditional building skills demonstration in Maybole on 18 May.

    School children, and teachers, from Carrick Academy, were able to have a go at roof slating, stonemasonry, signwriting and plaster casting at the traditional building skills demonstration. 

    Homeowners were also able to get expert information on how to repair and maintain their traditionally built homes with representation from several key stakeholders.
    The event was a collaboration between Maybole Regeneration Project, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, South Lanarkshire College, the Scottish Contractors Group, the Glasgow School of Art and CITB Scotland.

    Demand for these events is very strong, and NFRC is fortunate to have such a strong network of members who donate their time to deliver them for the benefit of the industry.

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