• Traditional Building Skills Coming to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

    by NFRC / FVTBF | Jul 17, 2015

    Forth Valley Trad. Building Forum

    On the 17th September, schoolchildren and residents of the picturesque town of Callander will get a first-hand opportunity to see traditional building skills in action and possible get some hands on experience.

    Ancaster Square, at the heart of the town, will play host to the Forth Valley Traditional Building Forum who will be there to put on a number of live demonstrations. Visitors will see stonemasonry by Historic Scotland, stone carving from a bursary holder of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will also be working in conjunction with Forth Valley College to show off joinery, and painting and decorating skills. A traditional roof slating demonstration will be undertaken by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

    It will be NFRC Scottish Trade member Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd who will be representing the 120 year old roofing association on the, showing off their skills in traditional roof slating practices utilising slates from NFRC Supplier Member, Welsh Slate

    Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015

    NFRC Scottish Trade Member, Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd demonstrating slate cutting to schoolchildren in Falkirk as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015.


    The September event would not be taking place if it were not for the support from its key partners which are represented on the Forth Valley Traditional Building Forum; Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Stirling City Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Scotland, Forth Valley College and NFRC.

    For more information on the Forth Valley Traditional Building Forum, as well as additional details on the free public event, head to www.stbf.org.uk.

  • NFRC Scottish Awards 2014

    by NFRC | Oct 13, 2014

    NFRC are pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards.


    Baptist Church, Hamilton – Archd. McCorquodale & Son Ltd

    Helensburgh Office, Rationalisation Project – Graham Roofing (Scotland) Ltd

    Kensington Gate, Glasgow – Archd. McCorquodale & Son Ltd



    Block C Deer Park Heights, Livingston – Marley Contract Services Ltd

    Barnton Hotel, Edinburgh – Avonside Roofing

    Scotia Homes, Dubford – Marley Contract Services



    Merchiston Crescent, Edinburgh – Greyfriars Roofing Services Ltd

    The Whisky Experience – Bain & Irvine Ltd

    Hermitage Gardens, Edinburgh – Greyfriars Roofing Services Ltd



    Kittybrewster – Briggs Amasco Ltd

    Ninewells Hospital – Weatherproofing Advisors Ltd

    Tower Block, Dundee – Raynor Roofing Ltd



    Joseph Black Building – Briggs Amasco Ltd

    Quayside Marine Development – Raynor Roofing Ltd

    The Plaza Café, The Helix – Sealeco Contracts Ltd



    Team Q, Cox Building - Weatherproofing Advisors Ltd

    Holiday Inn Express, Glasgow – Hyflex Roofing

    Caledonia House, Aberdeen - Group Tegula Ltd



    National Hockey Centre – Procladd Scotland Ltd

    Inverness College – Lakesmere Ltd



    Haymarket Station, Edinburgh – Curtis Moore (Cladding Systems) Ltd

    Inverness College - Lakesmere



    Raeburn House Hotel, Edinburgh – Greyfriars Roofing Services Ltd

    Eyre Crescent, Edinburgh – Bolton Roofing Contractors Ltd



    Denova Gate – Forster Roofing Services Ltd

    Linn Hifi, Waterfoot – W G Walker & Co (Ayr) Ltd

    Barratt Evolution, Aberdeen – Forster Roofing Services Ltd


    GREEN (vegetated) ROOF

    SSEC Hydro - Blackdown Greenroof



    Graham Roofing (Scotland) Ltd

    Weatherproofing Advisors Ltd


    The winner's will be announced by TV Presenter, Kaye Adams, on the 24th October at Trades Hall of Glasgow.

    For details on how to book your ticket to attend the awards ceremony, click the link Scottish Awards Finalists and Booking Form 2014

  • Traditional Skills Brought to Parliament

    by NFRC | Apr 01, 2014


    On the 18th March, in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, a number of demonstrations took place to show off traditional building skills and materials. The evening event featured roofing skills demos which were undertaken by Lewis Miller of Compass Roofing, with slates kindly supplied by SIG Roofing, both companies are members of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.

    The event was sponsored by Nigel Don MSP (Convenor of Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction) and attended by Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs), Paul Wheelhouse MSP (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) and a further 16 MSPs. All MSPs visited the roofing stand and spent a considerable time talking to Lewis about the skills and materials for traditional roofing slating in Scotland.

    One of the guests at the event was Scott Miller, Managing Director of Compass Roofing Ltd and Lewis’ father, commented, “After attending the event and having spoken to other attendees, I was surprised by the amount of input from Government Ministers taking the time to actually get to know our thoughts on the issues regarding training and skills ongoing in our industry and how they were trying to improve things.”

    The next major event on the calendar is Scottish Apprenticeship Week, taking place on the 19th-23rd May. NFRC will once again be involved with live demonstrations undertaken by roofing apprentices; on the 19th-20th May will be a roof slating at St Andrews Square Gardens, and on the 23rd May at the Old Parish Church in Falkirk will be lead roofing.  It is hoped that the demos will attract a high level of interest and support from MSPs and visitors, as it did in 2013.

    Traditional Building Skills and Materials Exhibition comes to the Scottish Parliment

    (From right to left) Scott Miller, Managing Director of Compass Roofing, and Lewis Miller talks to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

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