At one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, Lane Roofing carried out a large re-roofing project at their Birmingham branch.
EXTERNAL REFURBISHMENT CONSISTING OF;
Lane Roofing stripped the existing roof system and renewed with new composite roof panels. Lane Roofing installed new composite roof sheeting, whilst incorporating an insulation system (rigid board type), providing a U value in line with current Building Regulations Part L.
This particular project at Collins Aerospace took 8 weeks from start to finish, with 4 roofing specialists on site for the duration of the project.
Our client is situated within a busy airfield, with Birmingham Airports main runway being metres away. This posed certain complexities we had to overcome, one of them being; the height of plant on site could not go above strict restrictions due to aircraft being overhead. The aircraft fly approximately 30m overhead creating air turbulence across the roof area constantly. The combination of our moving temporary roof structure and our safety working platforms/anchor points enabled
us to work safely with the fragile roof area; this all had to be structurally designed and calculated to ensure maximum safety on site whilst also incorporating the atmosphere & ground conditions. The moving temporary roof structure was a completely independent assembly over the existing building, due to the current buildings ground conditions and surrounding air movement, this meant the design had to be completely independent of the building necessitating the entire structure
being counter balanced and weighted (half a tonne every metre) to ensure the moving temporary roof was safe and didn’t move with the environmental conditions faced.
As the client is an aerospace manufacturer the nature of their buildings need to be clean & debris free. When removing the roof area and installing and new roof this can be challenging, we counteracted this by installing a polythene liner internally to catch any debris. This is then cleared and removed regularly in accordance with current regulations to ensure that debris on site is kept to a minimum. This also meant that the operations underneath within the building could be continuous and
uninterrupted for our client. Therefore, our client’s processes were unaffected whilst their roof overhead was being removed and renewed.
We installed an independent temporary moving roof structure & safety fall arrest system over the existing roof area. This enabled us to work with the fragile roof system and create a weatherproof area whilst the roof was being removed. Our operatives were harnessed to the moving temporary roof; thus creating a safety structure as well as a weatherproof environment underneath, warranting the disturbance or water ingress internally was kept to a minimum.
This was an extremely complex project with many challenges that needed to be overcome. Safety was our paramount focus whilst also offering our client innovative conceptions to ensure their operations were unaffected. We faced restrictions and various tests which we stepped up to and impressed our client at every difficulty.
On this project, we worked closely with our client and the surrounding
environment, as the conditions we faced were distinct and diverse whilst having various site restrictions that other roofing projects wouldn’t. The coordination & logistics of this project were constricted but firm meaning our project manager closely supervised & organised the operations to ensure we met the client’s requirements whilst taking current site conditions and environmental challenges on board. This was also a pedestrian zone and a 1-way system for traffic, this posed definite complexities when moving around site with plant and materials which had to be judiciously executed to ensure maximum safety was accomplished.
The weather conditions and challenges our operatives faced were tough to say the least. The roof area was renewed over an extremely wet period with various difficult elements they had to encounter. To provide our client and ourselves security we installed the temporary moving roof covering fitted on runners, which protected our teams and the building from the adverse weather conditions. Our teams also had other obstacles to tackle as the ground condition around the building was unsuitable & problematic, therefore safety ground matting was fitted to preserve the ground around the building and provide a safer working area. Our skill roof technicians and operatives completed the roof to the highest standards possible, which lead to the manufacturer using our project as a case study and within their marketing documentation.