IKO has helped in the development a £800,000 new-build community hub for the local residents of Shevington, Wigan, to enjoy sports and recreation.

With the aim of bringing the community together, Shevington Sharks rugby club, Shevington FC and Shevington Horticultural Society all had an input on plans for the project which now provides a base for each organisation as well as wider community groups.

Building a Better Future

Phase one included three, full-size pitches, a car park and fifty outdoor allotments. Phase two saw the completion of the Shevington Community and Recreational building, which houses changing facilities, a function room and kitchen. The new hub can be hired out to local businesses as well as providing a permanent home for the local sporting clubs.

In addition, plans for the development include the creation of nature trails for the residents of Shevington and its neighbouring communities to help encourage a healthier and more active community, and offering improved social inclusion.


Roofing Solution

Contractors, Fulwood Roofing Services, turned to IKO to help develop the new community centre’s roof. IKO supplied a roofing solution as part of its ‘Fix That Hut’ initiative – a campaign to help support communities and vital programmes where buildings are in need of roof repair.

IKO Plc is also a proud sponsor of Shevington Sharks, the local rugby club that has its roots firmly within the community and continues to push the benefits of sporting capabilities.

For the 120 sq. m. new-build pitched roof, IKO supplied its 120mm enertherm GOLD insulation and IKOslate composite roof tiles.


Speaking about the project, Steve Bates from Fulwood Roofing Services, said: “We have worked with IKO for many years and I knew I could trust their technical expertise and products to deliver on this important project.

“Longevity and durability were key to ensure the life of the roof continues for many years to come, whilst also offering an aesthetically pleasing solution. This particular roof product was chosen because it was in-keeping with local surroundings and created a bespoke looking building – which was the thinking behind the projects’ main funders and the local community.  

“With such strong local roots and community ethos, IKO was the perfect trusted partner for this important project to help the local people of Shevington.”

Product Focus

IKO’s enertherm GOLD improves heat retention and requires minimal thickness to achieve thermal requirements. Manufactured with a coarser foam, the product also retains its shape and dimensional stability for longer, resulting in an extended service life.

IKOslate is a composite roof tile manufactured from mineral reinforced, 99 per cent recycled and re-engineered materials. Its unique structure gives it superior strength and makes it easier to handle and install. Certified to withstand wind and wind driven rain in excess of 110mph, IKOslate is also resistant to fungicidal and microbial growth as well as airborne chemicals and pollutants. An IKOslate tile is around 80 per cent lighter than a traditional slate of the same size.


Kevin O’Connell, divisional director of BUR Division at IKO PC, added: “This project has provided a bespoke, first class community and recreational centre where local groups and schools can meet and enjoy the benefits of sport and outdoor activities, as well as socialise in a safe and comfortable environment.

“By supplying our roofing solution, we have contributed to this worthwhile cause which we hope will benefit the local community for many years to come.”