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Case Study
Gordons Rooms Goodwood Estate

The Gordon Rooms form part of the Goodwood Estate, which is situated in the heart of West Sussex and is home to the world-famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood. The upper floors of the Gordon Rooms were original used for storage of historical documents and the lower floors was a canteen and bar, which is used during events.

The existing roof covering was clay peg tiles on battens and 1F underlay, lead gutter to the front parapet.

The Estate had decided to convert the upper floors of the Gordon Rooms to Estate Offices. Due to leaks to the roof of the Gordons Rooms it was decided re-roof prior to conversion of the upper floors. To the rear of the building is a tiled cat slide roof, which continuous leaked due to the low pitch. It was decided, to install natural slates to the cat slide roof area. Works also included renewal of the lead parapet gutter, decoration of fascia’s and renewal of cast iron guttering.

Due to bats being present within the roof area, all works had to be carried out at specific times to ensure bats were not disturbed during hibernation.

The Client had requested that the new roof covering looked in keeping with the original roof covering and surrounding estate buildings. The Client was aware of roosting bats and wanted to ensure all works complied with ecologists’ requirements and recommendations.

Access to the ground floor was to be made available for events, such as school visits and canteen for staff.

The main hurdle with this project was having the roof stripped and weather within the specified time constraint of the Bat Licence. We also had to ensure safe access at ground level for people using the canteen. We achieved this by forming a fully lit timber tunnel under the scaffold, giving 24-hour access to the canteen area.

All roofing tiling and slating works were carried out by trained NVQ Heritage card holders and apprentices. Lead works were installed to Lead Sheet Association guidelines.

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