Ploughcroft were awarded the contract by Tameside & Glossop NHS Hospital in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester to renew the pitched roof of the A&E Department and install a new flat roof system on to the Medical Record Department building.
With it being a hospital, it was clear that the surrounding area would have a high footfall and safety needed to be managed meticulously to ensure both public and operative safety. The scaffold was erected in sections as not to disrupt or cause obstruction and inconvenience to the hospital visitors and staff. Internally we provided a fireproof protective netting to protect visitors and staff in case of falling tiles and debris.
The old pitched roof was completely stripped. All the old tiles, felt and batons were stripped to reveal the roof structure. The roof structure was examined and found to been to be in good condition. The client had specified a complete Redland spec with a ‘mini stonewold’ tile in slate grey.
The work was completed within the agreed programme. Tameside & Glossop NHS were extremely happy with the completed roof and project management and a further project was negotiated. This project was to add a fall to another hospital building roof that was leaking due to corrosion. A new boxed gutter using was then installed using a SIKA 618 system.
The flat roof of the Medical Record department was suffering water ingress so Ploughcroft were happy to suggest a fix to the flat roof with a sustainable long-term solution.
Originally, the leaking structure was a felt roof with a plywood deck. In just under three months, Ploughcroft worked to resolve this issue as part of a large-scale, overall refurbishment of the hospital. Now, it has a new, watertight flat roof.
The new roof included new plywood decking, with an exterior grade of 18mm, from Hanson Plywood Ltd (Halifax, West Yorkshire). The screws and fixings were supplied by SIG plc. The main covering comprised a dark-grey, 1.2mm-thick Firestone EPDM rubber membrane, from Permaroof, and a 120mm-thick Thermaroof TR27 insulation board from Kingspan Group.
Of course, it was imperative that we complete the work without too much disruption to the busy A&E department. Throughout the project, Ploughcroft worked around a strict schedule to ensure this. The delivery of materials made sure not to disrupt public access or ambulance traffic; instead, we used specific access routes to the site and a Traffic Management System. We were also constantly mindful of noise throughout the project.