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    London Borough of Tower Hamlets


    Value: £64,775
    Location: Bow, London, E3
    FOC: JCT Minor Works
    Duration: 6 weeks (completed in 5 weeks)


Project Brief

The Breyer Group were awarded the contract for the replacement roof of the historic Victorian built Chisenhale School in London E3. The School roof was built circa.1890, with unique, intricately designed “Pudding Roofs” and a Spire.

Scope of Work

The project involved re-decoration, replacement of guttering and replacement of all timber work. The roof was extremely difficult to access and required a total logistical solution to encompass the difficulties of material handling and movement around the site.

Key Challenges

We selected a team of highly-trained specialist roofing operatives and hard-working trainee operatives to carry out the works. An Asbestos Specialist was required to remove the existing materials on the Pudding Roof and carry out safe disposal of toxic related waste.

Delivery Targets

The materials were carefully selected to replicate the existing Victorian Architecture of the School and surrounding buildings in the neighbouring area. The guttering was replaced in cast iron. The School Spire and the “Pudding Roofs” were covered with Copper Veral Membrane, which once weathered turns to the traditional green colour of Victorian “Pudding Roofs” and Spires.

The project was given a deadline of 6 weeks to be carried out within the School Holiday period. This factor required the efficient utilisation of strategic programme management and procurement of specialist materials for the life time of the project.

Key Outputs

The nature of the specialist materials meant there was a minimum level of wastage thereby avoiding incurring additional expense.

We managed to complete the project a week before the deadline. The final installation was acclaimed by the School Management Board, pupils and staff, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and local Stake Holders.

It remains to this day a unique building of architectural historical beauty and quality. This has created a landmark for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and given something back to the local community to admire and be proud of for years to come.

Breyer Group were awarded Winner in The NFRC Excellence in Roofing Awards for Chisenhale School in Tower Hamlets in 2009.