Greenough & Sons secures high-profile project near home of late founder

by Samiyah Mokaddus
Greenough & Sons to reroof manchester town hall

Greenough & Sons Roofing Contractors Ltd has been appointed to deliver a £1.5m contract to reroof part of Manchester Town Hall by lead contractor LendLease following a competitive tender.

The win represents the largest single project in the North-Wales-based business’s 50-year history, the founder of which passed away last year.

The project will be delivered as part of the far-reaching restoration of the historic Grade One listed building.

The ‘Phase One’ roofing contract will include removing and replacing 2,800 square metres of Cumbrian roof slate, as well as updating the roof timbers, replacing 65 tonnes of leadwork and refurbishing glazed skylights.

The slate will be sourced from the same Burlington slate quarry that was used in original build some 150 years ago, while the old lead work will be melted down and reincorporated into the building restoration.

The company aims to start site work on the 62-week programme in Autumn 2021, and will also explore and deliver ways to share its unique roofing skills with the local community and heritage enthusiast.

The project is yet further recognition of the business’s reputation for delivering historically sensitive heritage roofing projects across Wales and north-west England.

This includes a major contribution to the restoration of Chester Town Hall (completed in 2011), which like Manchester Town Hall is built in the celebrated Gothic Revival style.

The company also recently completed a large heritage roofing contract on the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

‘Further tribute’

Greenough & Sons director Jonathan Greenough said: “This is tremendous win for the company in what is a special year as we mark our 50th year as a company.

“Our growing success in the heritage market has, over the years, been inextricably linked to our unique knowledge and skill with Welsh Slate.

“But a contract of this size, complexity, and character demonstrates how we have evolved as a business.”

Greenough continues: “The contract is also a further tribute to David Greenough, my father and company founder, who sadly passed away in May 2020 aged 78.

“It’s very fitting that the company’s highest profile project to date should be so close to his childhood home in Swinton, Salford.”

Founded in North Wales by David Greenough in 1971, Greenough & Sons will be announcing a series of celebrations to mark its half century and David Greenough’s legacy over the coming months.

Main image: Manchester Town Hall

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