Originally founded in 1620 and run under the auspices of the Merchant Taylors Company until 1910, the school moved to its present site in 1878, and encompasses several recent and traditional buildings, some of which are Grade II listed. Merchant Taylors School today is an independently run school with over 700 fee-paying pupils.
Following extensive survey work by architects Saunders Bell, the school’s ‘Armour Building’ was found to be in need of roof refurbishment as well structural repairs to the masonry of the feature gables.
With extensive experience in slate roof renovation to historic and herit-age buildings, BBR Roofing were appointed to carry out the complex work of stripping the Westmorland slate covering back to the rafters and replacing with part salvage/part new slates. The works also required the taking down and re-building off new concrete lintels, of the feature brick gables and stone parapet copings, together with all associated lead-works.
All of these works were carried out under the cover of a temporary scaffolded over-roof, for the complete protection of the building’s interior. The areas around the building were also fully operational by the school, and required careful traffic management for the safe operation of the site.