Urban Roof, Unit 7 Septimus Buildings, Hawkfield Business Park, Whitchurch Lane, Bristol BS14 0BL



NEWS - May 2013

CW Duke – Churchill Academy

On time and to a tight programme of works, Urban Roof has completed the part replacement and overlay roofing on 2 teaching blocks at this academy in North Somerset.

Totalling nearly 1700m2 of roof area, Radmat’s Esha insulation and single layer cap sheet system was ideally suited to this refurbishment contract.

Before  After 

Perimeter upstands were raised to accommodate the new insulation, and new red cladding was fitted (by others).

Urban Roof also fitted the 24 new roof lights and replacement rainwater goods including aluminium hoppers and downpipes (all in stunning bright red to match the new cladding).


Vinci – Life Sciences, Bristol

Preliminary roofing work has been ongoing at the prestigious new Life Sciences building in the centre of Bristol.  Rainwater outlets and ‘hot melt’ upstands have been installed on concrete roof deck areas, and both metal and plywood decking has been fitted to steel framed sections of the building. 

Vinci – Adam Street, Cardiff

Roofing work is also well underway on the new student accommodation at Adam Street in Cardiff. Being specialists in many types of flat roofing, Urban Roof were appointed to install IKO’s Armourplan Single Ply warm roofing, and PermaTEC Hot Melt inverted roofing systems on the project.

South West Contractors –
Bradgate Surgery, Bristol

Now completed, Urban Roof have installed nearly 150m2 of Sarnafil single ply membrane on rigid insulation and vapour barrier to complete the warm roof specification on this new build roof.

Showing dedication to his job, Phil tackles an awkward upstand detail, under a low overhang.


Cowlin - 1 West, Bath

We have also recently commenced roofing works as part of the major refurbishment of this key academic building at the heart of the University of Bath’s campus, providing increased high quality teaching and research space. Urban Roof are installing IKO’s high performance PrevENt membranes, with bespoke tapered insulation where required, to provide the required falls in the roof.



We take Health and Safety very seriously at Urban Roof, and we are pleased to have been awarded a Worksafe Contractor Membership Certificate by The Safety Management Advisory Service Ltd (SMAS) and accredited within the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS). 



It’s been a busy few months in the Urban Roof office, so much so that we’ve only just managed to complete this latest newsletter. As you can see below there’s plenty of work happening on site as well. Over the last few months we have carried out hot melt, single ply, felt, and zinc/stainless steel long strip metal roofing works, for main contractors, local builders and private customers.

Vinci – Life Sciences, Bristol
After all the snow, rain and cold weather in January, roofing work is now underway at the University of Bristol’s prestigious new Life Sciences building in the city centre.
IKO’s PermaTEC “hot melt” waterproofing solution was chosen to suit the mainly concrete roof decks at the project, with a small amount of single ply and green roofing to also be undertaken at the site.



South West Contractors –
Julian Close, Bristol
As approved Sarnafil Single Ply roofing contractors, Urban Roof were delighted to work with Bristol based South West Contractors on this local project. The warm roof construction using Sarnafil’s lead grey coloured single ply membrane gives a modern and clean appearance to the finished roof.

BAM – Morriston Hostpital, Swansea
A small link roof has been completed at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea for BAM Construction. The metal deck was overlaid with plywood and hot melt waterproofing was installed with inverted roof insulation and pebble ballast to complete the system.



Residential Building – Ty Oriel, Cardiff
Long strip zinc cladding is being specified on many types of buildings these days for a contemporary and hand crafted finish. So when an Architect builds his own home, it’s no surprise that he chooses VM Zinc in a pre-weathered Anthra finish, to enhance the building’s aesthetics.
We are very impressed with your team on site and progress this week. Looking forward to seeing the completed effect next week”…Nic (12/01/13)



Photo of one the blocks to be refurbished.

 CW Duke – Churchill Academy
Following a full Esha Scan of the roofs, work has just commenced on the part replacement and overlay roofing on 2 teaching blocks at this academy in North Somerset.
Totalling nearly 1700m2 of roof area with 24nr rooflights to be replaced, and a tight programme of works, Radmat’s Esha insulation and single layer cap sheet system is ideally suited to this refurbishment contract.

Laing O’Rouke – BRI, Bristol
Temporary felt waterproofing works are being undertaken to several floors of the new Ward Block at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. 
These works should keep any trades working below in the dry, as the building takes shape.



One of the many voids to provide a deck and temporary waterproofing to.

Photo of snow laying on the new stainless steel roof covering.


EmmDee Building Services –
Lucas Vets, Longwell Green
This time, terne coated stainless steel was the long strip metal of choice. The build-up is a typical warm roof construction with a plywood deck, vapour control layer, rigid insulation, breather membrane and Uginox’s FME terne coated stainless steel, standing seam covering. A beautiful, long lasting covering for this low pitch roof…and fitted just in time for the winter snow!

Sharemills –
Caple Farm, Chew Stoke
With a low pitch, complex detailing and highly visible, traditional craftsmanship and Rheinzink’s pre-weathered Blue Grey zinc standing seam roofing is a great roofing solution for this single storey building.


Vinci – Adam Street, Cardiff
We are pleased to announce that we have just been awarded the roofing works package for the new Student Accommodation building at Adam Street in Cardiff.  With a contract value of over £200,000, our works are due to start on site in March 2013.



Welcome to the 3rd Edition of our Newsletter that lets our clients know some of the work we have been carrying out over the past month.

Firstly, a very warm welcome to Chris Chapelhow, who joins our company from Briggs Amasco Bridgend. Chris has a vast experience of all forms of roofing and has an initial brief of business development manager. We look forward to working with Chris, who can be contacted on
We are very pleased that our project at St. Davids Campus, Lampeter, is now complete. This comprised Admaster Composite Panels & VM Zinc Pigmento Red to the walls and the roof, with a contract value of circa £260,000.


Another interesting project has been mastic asphalt waterproofing to the Hawkridge Dam, Bridgwater. Permanite mastic asphalt was chosen for its hard wearing capabilities, zero carbon status and flexibility. The ultimate client is Wessex Water and we look forward to similar projects in the future.


Whilst our everyday work is single ply membranes, built up felt roofing etc, we do get involved in all forms of work associated with the roof. We recently employed a professional abseiling company to check and clear debris around the Brabazon Hangar, Airbus, Filton.


Other jobs completed this month include Rheinzinc Natural Zinc to Day House Farm, Hillesley and VM Anthra Zinc with Sarnafil to the flat roofs at Waterways, Lisvane Road, Cardiff.



 NEWS - JULY 2012

Welcome to the 2nd Edition of the Urban Roof Newsletter, letting our clients know what we have been doing in the months of June and July.

During this period we have experienced some of the wettest weather conditions for the time of year that we have ever known and that has certainly created some challenges!


Our largest project which is the Canterbury Building at Lampeter University is nearing completion. The VM Red Zinc Cladding, that is laid horizontally, is looking very attractive.


 We were very pleased to be able to maintain our relationship with the original Severn Bridge Crossing and over the weekends of 8th and 15th July mastic asphalt waterproofing and surfacing were completed. We were all extremely nervous with regard to the weather conditions but for once the gods smiled upon us.



In the Single Ply department a number of contracts have been completed including;

  • Lake Street, Oxford for Seddon Construction.
  • Private Developments in Clifton and Portishead.
  • A very interesting project in Tidworth, Hampshire, where we had to make the new roofs to an area of approximately 500m2 look similar to the existing copper patina roofs. With the addition of Sarnafil Décor Profiles at 500 mm centres this worked extremely successfully.
Once again we thank you for all the support we have received and please note that all enquiries would be welcome in any of the roofing disciplines.

NEWS - JUNE 2012
Welcome to the 1st Edition of the Urban Roof Newsletter which we propose issuing at the end of every month to let our clients know what we are up to.

Urban Roof has now been trading for approximately 4 months covering all forms of roofing.

Within the Longstrip Metal department, our Richard Lott has been running our project at Lampeter University for WRW Construction. This consists of Advanced Cladding composite panels to roof and walls and covered with VM’s Pigmento Red cladding. This has a contract value of approximately £300,000 and is nearly 50% complete.

Zinc capping and parapet was carried out to the Clifton Observatory near the Clifton Suspension Bridge.


In the Single Ply field, numerous projects have been carried out, including nearly half a kilometre of EPDM lining to internal gutters at the Urban Splash LakeShore project in Bristol and approximately 750 sq.m

of Armourplan single ply at Albion St, Cheltenham for Yorke Construction.

We have also been working on the Brabazon Hangar at Airbus, Filton. This huge building is currently empty but still needs maintaining and we carried out approximately 200 linear metres of liquid waterproofing to the central valleys.


We are still heavily promoting built up felt and a roof to the Reservoir Storage Tanks at Rodbourne was completed for Damar Group, on behalf of Wessex Water. This was a small project of approximately £10,000 but the quality of the IKO Quadra System was very favourably commented on by Wessex Water, who may now regularly adopt this specification.
Green Roofs such as this domestic project in Burnett have also been carried out.