Roofing Work News Roundup – March, 2019
Here at D-marc our business involves making work at height, namely roofing work, safer with an innovative range of rooftop barrier solutions. We always keep a close eye on the news for stories about roofing industry work, and working at height in general, so that we can supply our readers with useful and relevant information that will keep them up to date with what’s going on in our industry. Once a month, we publish a roundup of the news that is relevant to our sector in one easy place so that readers can get a quick overview of the most important developments over the past month. If you have anything to add or know of any stories that you’d like us to cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know, either by email, on our Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed.
Our first item concerns a popular Somerset Wetherspoon pub which is planning a £1.2 million revamp which will include a rooftop beer garden. The William Dampier in Yeovil features a flat roof which could prove a welcome addition to residents as they enjoy the panoramic views as they have a drink. We’re likely to see more rooftop developments in towns and cities in future here in the UK as planners and designers build upwards, rather than outwards.
On the subject of rooftop developments, a new product range includes an artificial green roof system designed as an alternative to natural green roofs. When it comes to transforming flat roof spaces into multi-use areas, the addition of the only fire-rated and wind-tested green roof system available will be welcomed in many areas. Combining artificial grass delivers an aesthetic appeal that combines with drainage options and different types of underlay to create rooftop gardens that look lush and green all year round.
A roofing contractor in Anglesey had to stop work recently when he discovered a colony of bees in the rafters of a building. These weren’t just common or garden bees, they were Welsh black bees (not sure if they speak Welsh or not at this point). The bees were carefully removed by bee keeper, Katie Hayward who transported them back to her hives at Felin Honeybees Honey Farm and Education Centre. The black bees will now be used as part of Katies’ bee therapy work.
Last of all comes the sad news of the death of Nick Tettersell, a Worthing businessman and musician who inspired many in the diverse worlds of music and roofing. Nick was involved in the roofing industry for more than 40 years in the Sussex area, but also had a side gig as a musician. He played guitar in local bands such as the Dirty Shoes, Big Hair Party and Juke Box Junkies, performing gigs along the South Coast. Video footage below of Dirty Shoes in action.