NFRC Scots award winners raise the roof

An Crùbh, Isle of Skye

PERTH-based single ply roofing contractor AIM Developments is celebrating after scooping a gong at the recent NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards – the first year it has ever entered.

The company was named the winner in the Single Ply category for its work on the An Crùbh (The Hub) on the Isle of Skye. AIM was tasked with delivering a singly ply roof for the café, shop and venue on behalf of Inverness-based main contractor Compass Building & Construction Services.

“The scope of works originally was to do the flat roofing element of the building. We tendered for that and they asked us if we would tender for the pitched areas, to actually do the whole roof in single ply,” explained Chic Scrimgeour, director at AIM Developments. “We got in touch with our supplier, Sarnafil, and they drew up the specification. We then carried out the work over a period of weeks. We encapsulated the whole of the roof area, with standing seam decker profiles on the pitched areas.”

Chic explained that AIM has been using Sika Sarnafil for as long as the firm has been in business – some 36 years. “It’s a trusted and proven product,” he said. “It’s a mechanical fix system and in my opinion it’s probably one of the most robust installations that you can do on a single ply roof.”

Despite the remoteness of the location, and the “horizontal” rain the team experienced, Chic said it was a typical job for AIM. “For us it’s not a challenge. We thrive on work in remote places. We work all over the Isles – Shetland, Orkneys, Outer Isles and Inner Isles.”

He continued, “Overall it went really well. We were working with a main contractor who was good to work with, which really helped and I think that relationship working with a main contractor bode well for a good outcome on the job.”

Chic extended a “great thanks” to everybody involved with the project, remarking that the project and the recognition it has received is a “good reflection” of the Aim Development workforce – both in office and on site – and the standard of service they provide.

Hamilton-headquartered Procladd (Scotland) Ltd also had cause for celebration after a double triumph on the night.

The company, which specialises in metal and flat roofing, hard metals and rainscreen cladding, along with a small works division, was named the winner in the Roof Sheeting & Cladding category for its work on the new NHS Scotland Pharmaceutical ‘Specials’ Service (NHSS PSS) facility at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The building, which is due for completion this year (2019), will manufacture a range of medicines to meet specific patient needs.

The works carried out by Procladd on behalf of main contractor Robertson Construction involved the installation of 3,000m2 Sika-Trocal membrane flat roof and 1,800m2 Euroclad 50/1000 half round profile 0.7mm steel cladding. Procladd’s team was on site intermittently between June 2017 and July 2018.

NHS Scotland Pharmaceutical ‘Specials’ Service, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

“The building is quite striking,” Stuart Tulloch, managing director of Procladd, told Project Scotland. “It’s all horizontal half round cladding, which you don’t see an awful lot of. We also installed 800m2 Kingspan Benchmark Evolution Axis vertical panels on the gable ends, which were tricky to install given the height of ten or eleven metres. The site was on a slope, resulting in us having to manoeuvre around the mechanical equipment to get the panels installed.”

The firm also came out on top in the Fully Supported Metal category for its project at Moge House in Morenish. Delivered on behalf of Perth-based contactor AGB Scotland, the works involved the installation of a 0.7 VMZINC ANTHRA-ZINC standing seam cladding. The judges described the project as “outstanding”, noting the “clear attention to crisp detailing and execution of the design intent”.

Reflecting on the double win, Stuart said he is keen to enter the company for future awards because he likes to see those involved receive recognition for their efforts. “I like to think it’s good for the staff involved in dealing with the projects that they can get up on the stage and receive the recognition for their hard work,” he explained. “It’s good for them and it’s good for the company as well.”

Other winners on the night included Avonside Roofing (Dalbeattie Learning Campus, Roof Slating category); DM Roofing and Roughcasting (Pine House, Heritage Roofing category and Shettleston Parish Church, Roof Tiling category); Curtis Moore Cladding Systems (Dundee Station, Rainscreen category); Raynor Roofing (DC Thompson – Well Roof, Reinforced Bituminous Membrane category); Biggs Amasco (Marischal Square, Liquid Applied category); MacLeod Roofing (CNPA HQ, Green Roof category); and Sika Sarnafil (Supply Chain Partner of the Year).

Connor Liddell of Rooftec (Scotland) was named Roofing Apprentice of the Year.

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