Langley rejuvenate award-winning crematorium

Nominated for the 2000 RIBA Sterling Prize Award, and Midlands category winner, the architecturally recognised Telford Crematorium in Shropshire has been reinvigorated thanks to a new Bituminous Strip Slate roofing system from Langley Waterproofing Systems.

When the existing large sloping cedar shingle roof began to fail, approved contractors SPV Group secured the works and implemented the Langley solution, which would not only match the look and feel of the previous roof, but would also offer superior thermal and waterproofing qualities.

Langley’s experts specified 600m² of bituminous Strip Slate shingles for their appearance, ease of installation and excellent weather resistance. To round off the warm roof system, Paravapo SBS vapour control layer, insulation to current regulations and Adepar JS bituminous underlay were used to provide the waterproof foundation for the shingle layer.

Due to the important service that the crematorium provides, the facility remained open to the public throughout the refurbishment; it was therefore essential that it remain watertight at all times. SPV Group carried out all works during weekends, ensuring a high quality of finish while remaining courteous and considerate to visitors.

Despite the limited timescale of eight weeks and dependency on weather conditions, SPV Group worked intelligently throughout the refurbishment to meet the challenges and the project was completed two weeks early while complying with all relevant health and safety regulations.

Speaking of the finished project, Jane Baker, manager of Telford Crematorium said:

“The new roof really is fantastic. We’ve had a number of positive comments from the public, funeral directors and even members of staff on its appearance.”

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