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Makers Scoops National UK Roofing Award

5In May 2019 the UK Roofing Awards were hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. The NFRC strives to improve the standard which raises confidence amongst those who engage NFRC members by promoting roofing as a skilled and dedicated professional sector of the construction industry.

The event hosted within the Arora Ballroom of the Intercontinental O2 London saw the great and the good of the Roofing profession attend to celebrate and mark the best the industry had to offer across 18 individual categories.

Back in September 2018 Makers submitted The Watergardens London to be considered and was one of 4 finalists to be shortlisted in the Liquid Applied and Hot Melt Category. The entry submitted on behalf of Makers represented the contributions of both Client, The Church Commissioners of England and lead Consultant, Refolo Landscape Architects, together with other key contributors in Colliers and Triflex UK for the design and supply of their Protect System.

6‘the awards continue to stand as a reminder to us all of the important contribution this roofing sector makes to deliver superb levels of workmanship, innovative products and design. I congratulate this years finalists and wish them all the best of luck….”

 James Talman NFRC Chief Executive.

3Makers were awarded overall winner with The Watergardens. The award was presented on stage by this years host Sarah Beeny renown property expert and TV presenter fronting Channel 4’s Restoration Nightmare and Property Ladder to name a few. In presenting the award she reflected the judges’ comments stating that….


“the project was an outstanding example of technical waterproofing in a highly complex environment. The attention to detail was obvious with a transformation of the whole area leaving a project to admire for many years that will only continue to improve and serve the community…… a thoroughly first-class project…”

Judging panel 2019.

“as with all awards you are never quite sure how they are going to go, you are always have a negative vibe towards your own and see merit in others, …we are delighted to have won it’s something we have been working towards for a few years now but I am really please for all of those whose obvious passion can be seen in the final result. We don’t often get the chance to construct a legacy project but The Watergardens is just such a project. My congratulations to the whole team.”

Simon Lamb, Managing Director Makers.

The headline sponsor was SIG along with other significant suppliers within the roofing industry. Our thanks go to those whose support provided an excellent venue, first class hospitality and a significant contribution to the Presidents chosen charity Parkinson’s UK.

1The Watergardens 6000m2 of roof top terrace pools, planters and public areas. This 1966 structure began to leak in the car park below soon after it was constructed and the lack of understanding and maintenance led to severe deterioration of the concrete structure. Makers were engaged to empty the pools, remove all the existing paving and make up all provide alternative accommodation for the aquatic life that inhabited the site.

As well as repairing and waterproofing the whole concrete structure 5 green roofs were created to close in the car park below which was then converted in a Safe Store facility. During the refurbishment over 150,000 litres were drained from the pool, over 150 tonnes of silt and debris were removed from the pools and a 90,000 litre harvesting system was created beneath the new granite paving to provide water level balancing to the pools and the new planting in the planters and green roofs.

2After 12 months the fish were returned to site once completed and safety water checks were made and were joined by the children of Hampden Gurney Primary School who originally witnessed the removal of the fish. Competition winners were invited back to name and return the fish along with Teachers and parents.


9 liquid-applied-waterproofingA full case study of this incredible project is available on Makers web site


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