Case Study


Roof coverings for high quality waterfront development.

Project Brief

Kier Group plc is a leading construction, services and property group specialising in building and civil engineering, support services, residential and commercial property development and infrastructure project investment. Millbay is the redevelopment of a former industrial area of Plymouth centred on the inner and outer basins close to the city centre. An outline permission was granted in 2008 and allowed for over 2,000,000 sqft of mixed use development and nearly 1,400 new homes.

Western Counties Roofing were contracted by Kiers Construction to be part of this multi phased project and to install roof coverings for eight units on the new development. The units were multi-storey and range from one to two bedroom apartments with an emphasis on modern sustainable design.

What We Did

Millbay is a vibrant high quality waterfront development with a mix of residential, leisure, business and retail opportunities. The transformation of the Millbay area is a key element in Plymouths ambitions to be recognised as ‘one of Europe’s finest, most vibrant waterfront cities’.

The project meets the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and will be constructed using a variety of construction techniques appropriate to the dwellings. These particular dwellings were built with a concrete frame. Fibre cement slates were the material specified by the architect, an artificial slate made up of layers of cellulose, reinforcing fibre and cement. These slates have the same form and thickness as natural slate, offering a natural aesthetically pleasing result without the cost of natural slate.

The each block of apartments consisted of a combination of pitched and flat roofs, co-ordination of the slate and single ply operatives was imperative, when using a combination of materials it is essential both trades flow together and work simultaneously in a coordinated manor. A leadsmith was required to waterproof the perimeter and abutments.

The project required three highly skilled slaters and was completed in the agreed time frame of six weeks.