Muir Homes, Blairs Royal Deeside, Aberdeen

The impressive turrets on this stunningly designed Muir Homes development exemplify Forster Roofing’s high level of slating craftsmanship.

The exclusive 44 home development on the banks of the River Dee include 10 homes with conical turret features. 888 Cupa Galicia slates were expertly cut and installed onto the turrets of the Cairness house type. A further 744 were installed on the Dornoch and 456 on the Balmoral.

The main roofs of the homes were tiled with Mini Stonewold mockbond Charcoal and Farmhouse Red concrete tiles.

Having worked with them for a number of years, Muir Homes selected Forster Roofing for this project as a result of their experience and reliability in delivering sensitively finished projects and the high calibre of their slating workmanship.

The high quality finish, demonstrates Forster Roofing’s competence in delivering projects of this nature.

CALA Homes, St Mary’s Gardens, Perth

The beautifully crafted homes on this exclusive CALA development provided the ideal setting for Forster Roofing to showcase their exceptional clay tiling skills.

Sandtoft clay double pantiles and thin edged slate look-a-like clay tiles were specified to create a natural finish, adding to the beauty of these distinguished homes.

Forster covered the roofs of this 19 home development, which included the 190m² Ramsay and 180m² Lewis house types. The works involved extensive detailing. Features on several of the house types were finished with Sandtoft clay plain tiles to further enhance the beauty of the homes.

Forster Roofing have been roofing CALA homes since the 90’s and this stand out development which required enhanced clay tiling skills and labour intensity, exemplifies the high standard of workmanship that Forster deliver on all their roofs.

The Site Manager was subsequently awarded an NHBC Pride in the Job award for this development.

BMI, Kings Park Hospital, Stirling

This sensitive hospital roof renewal project provided Forster Roofing with the perfect platform to demonstrate its workmanship, communication and project management skills.

The Stirling-based single storey Kings Park Hospital is part of the BMI Healthcare group, one of Britain’s leading providers of independent healthcare.

Monier Redland was initially commissioned by BMI to carry out an inspection of the hospital’s roof and present a report detailing its findings.  The report highlighted significant problems with the integrity of the roof and a complete roof-renewal was recommended.

Forster’s excellent reputation for managing and delivering sensitive roof renewal projects, coupled with its strong commitment to working to high standards of health and safety was considered instrumental in the appointment, following tender.

Following contract award, early contact with the client was essential, to determine key contacts, critical dates and project success factors.  A comprehensive pre-start meeting was facilitated by Forster, to reassure key hospital staff of the limited impact of the works on their day-to-day activity.

A critical success factor was the continuous operation of the hospital during the delivery of the contract.  Works to the roof above the hospital’s two operating theatres were limited to weekends to ensure procedures could continue uninterrupted.

Forster covered the hospital’s 2,500m2 roof area with approximately 27,500 Redland 50 Double Roman interlocking concrete roof tiles.  In addition lead flashings, a small area of Sarnafil flat roof area, fascias, soffits, gutters and downpipes were replaced by the Forster team.

Forster’s project management team ensured the contract ran smoothly, within budget, despite the working time limitations.

Muiredge Primary School, Uddingston

As part of South Lanarkshire Council’s primary schools modernisation programme, Muiredge Primary School was scheduled to be extensively refurbished and extended to provide a modern learning environment for children.

After a successful tender process, Forster Roofing were appointed to carry out the slating works on this Grade B listed building. This was a special project, as it is a historical building with special periodic features and required complete stripping and re-slating of the main roof in order to help comply with the new building regulations.

In addition to the refurbishment works, an extension was added, which was carefully designed to remain in keeping with the periodic features of the original listed building. Forster Roofing managed the integration well between the roof-renewal and new build elements of this project.

The 2,100m² roof area was skilfully slated with approximately 52 tonnes of Burlington Blue Grey slate. Careful planning of the new slate positions was carried out, in line with Listed Building Planning requirements. The high quality finish, although simple and refined in appearance, demonstrates our competence in delivering projects of this nature. In addition, we carried out lead works, installation of new roof lights, cast iron gutters, flashings and downpipes.

Working together with other contractors, the building now complies with the new building regulations. The client was delighted with the workmanship of Forster Roofing operatives and project management team and branded our quality of workmanship “excellent”. The project was completed to the scheduled time and budget.

Airlie Gardens, Brechin

Forster successfully completed the installation of an 80 panel (20kWp) in-roof PV installation in conjunction with the re-tiling of the Airlie Gardens sheltered housing complex in Brechin for Angus Council.  This was the second sheltered housing roofing project completed by Forster’s for Angus Council.

The project was awarded to Forster’s as a result of their ability to provide all the roofing and solar PV installation works in house and also as they were able to host educational visits for local High School pupils.  The 800m² roof area of the complex was re-tiled with around 8,000 Marley Modern smooth grey tiles and the 80 black framed PV panels were integrated into the two south facing roof elevations using the Ubbink Solar In-Roof mounting system.

Following consultation with Forster’s, the Council specified the use of Enphase micro inverters to optimise the performance of the system.  The micro inverters’ control over individual modules allows them to isolate and tune the output of an individual panel, meaning a single failing module or inverter will not take the entire string off-line.  The system is expected to generate 17,000kWh of electricity in the first year, which is being used to provide power for the communal areas including residents lounges, kitchen and laundry facilities.

As part of the contract Forster’s provided a workshop on the workings of solar PV for two groups of Physics pupils from Brechin High School.

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