Client: West Lancashire Borough Council
Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire
As part of a restructuring programme, West Lancashire Borough Council needed to breathe some new life into their dated council office block situated in the heart of Ormskirk. An extensive refurbishment package was developed to maximise the internal space and redesign the existing flat roof covering to form a pitched structure and new roof line.
Years of attempted repairs and water ingress through the existing flat roof convinced the council to approach the roofing problem with a more radical solution… a flat to pitch conversion.
Significant operational obstacles faced the project team as the council offices would remain open to the public and employees throughout the planned construction phase. Robust systems of work needed to be developed through co-ordination with the principal contractor, principal designer, contractors and client.
Technically the design of the new roofing structure had complex elements that needed to incorporate differences within the existing roof levels, maintain a consistent roofline and be sympathetic to the surrounding area.
The Actions and Solutions
Working as a specialist contractor, Alpha’s experienced project team developed safe systems with the principal contractor and helped with the site layout and positioning of scaffolding. This allowed the building users to continue with their routines safely and with minimal disruption.
A lightweight steel structure was used to create the new roof layout which was covered with lightweight roofing tiles. Powder coated gutters and cement fibre weather boards were installed to complete the roofline finish.
The roof design was developed throughout the project and Alpha’s site team communicated directly with the system manufactures and client to ensure that the project was delivered to the high expectations that had been set.
This demanding yet enjoyable project was completed on time, within budget and without incident.
An impressive new roofline has been created which completely transforms the aesthetics of the building and will provide a virtually maintenance free roof for years to come.