IKO Provides a Roof That Will Last for North East School

Abbey Hill School - Nov 18 Hi-Res (11)

IKO plc worked with surveyor Faithful & Gould who chose an IKO pitched roofing solution of IKOslate to replace a 4000m2 roof at Abbey Hill Academy which was badly in need of repair. Abbey Hill Academy is a special education needs school in Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England. The school helps young people aged 11 to 16 who have learning difficulties and disabilities; learn, grow, inspire and achieve.

IKO was approached to carry out a roof condition survey on the Stephenson Building at the school.  After careful inspection, it was discovered that the roof was nearing the end of its life expectancy and was failing in many areas.

Local Stockton-on-Tees contractor Barclay Roofing Ltd won a competitive tender process to carry out the mammoth task. All works were carried out during the school holidays when the pupils were not at school so there was no disruption to their learning. Whether the education break was one week, two weeks or six weeks, scaffolding was erected, sections of the roof stripped and completed and scaffolding removed, the site cleaned and the school back to operational status for the pupils’ return. The works were carried out piecemeal in this fashion until the end of the summer holidays in 2018 to avoid disruption to the school or the children’s education.

The solution IKO and Faithful & Gould arrived at involved removing all the existing cement slates and the felt system which had broken down and was causing condensation issues within the school building. IKO Rubershield Pro Breather Membrane was installed to make the school’s roof watertight again.

The entire roof was then replaced using IKOslate, a polymer composite material made from 99% recycled material (including car parts) with greater robustness and durability than the fibre cement which had previously been used on the school’s roof.

IKOflash, a sustainable alternative to traditional lead, was used for brick abutment to cover flashings and valleys. All structural glazing on the school’s roof was also replaced.

Christopher Armstrong, Assistant Building Surveyor at Faithful & Gould said: “This project was logistically challenging due to the phased timescales and continuous operation of a complex site. We achieved a great output by collaborative working with a common goal. The product used was fantastic for this project and allowed completed areas to become pathways to other areas in line with the school’s requirements.”

Paul Trelease, Managing Director of Barclay Roofing added: “We are very happy how this project went. We were very impressed with the products used, which were ideal for the application. The completed roof looks great and is very robust too.”

Phil McHale, Manager of Abbey Hill Academy commented: “As a school, we are happy with the finished product. It looks great and the environmental credentials are an added bonus.”

The new roofing system was supplied with a single-point 40-year guarantee so both pupils and staff can now enjoy a learning environment that is safe, warm and dry for years to come.