Work starts on new roof at East Lancashire Hospice

Lancashire Telegraph: here we go Sharon Crymble from the hospice with site manager Chris Worswick here we go Sharon Crymble from the hospice with site manager Chris Worswick

WORK has started on a new roof at the East Lancashire Hospice – paid for by Lancashire Telegraph readers.

A total of £125,000 was raised for the much-needed renovation as part of the Raise the Roof campaign.

Bosses at the site in Park Lee Road, Blackburn, said the dilapidation had become so bad that some rooms had been closed because of leaks.

Chris Worswick, site manager for J&C Devlin, said: “The concrete tiles we are taking off are past their best. They were meant to have a shelf life of 25 years, but have been up for 28, and you can tell – there are leaks all over.

“We’re working in eight phases, stripping, rebattoning and recovering each area, and then moving on to another.

“This is for the benefit of the hospice, because we don’t want to be uncovering a section that they need to use.

“Builders are using natural slate instead of concrete tiles, which have a life of more than 75 years. They are also replacing perished felt underneath with a high-quality, breathable alternative.”

In the attic space, workers are putting in new layer of insulation that is double the thickness of the original, meaning heating bills will be slashed.

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Chris said: “We hope to be completed by the end of June or first week of July.

“It is weather-dependant, though. Any rain means we will have to stop and start, so there are no leaks in the building.”

Sharon Crymble, fundraiser for the East Lancashire Hospice, said: “We’re thrilled to see the work starting, and know it wouldn’t have got to this stage without the support of Lancashire Telegraph readers.

“Although we have raised an amazing £125,000 for the roof, we also need to raise £3million every year to keep the hospice open.”

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1:50pm Tue 3 Apr 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Great news for everyone concerned and well done to all who contributed, but a word of warning is dont leave the scaffolding unattended overnight as you'll need another £125k to replace all the lead flashing that gets nicked!
Great news for everyone concerned and well done to all who contributed, but a word of warning is dont leave the scaffolding unattended overnight as you'll need another £125k to replace all the lead flashing that gets nicked! Your ferret stinks

2:04pm Tue 3 Apr 12

born n bred blue says...

concrete roof tiles last 25yrs ?? whose having a laf, concrete will last a life time, natural slates ?cant get anything more costly. somebody taking the P here
concrete roof tiles last 25yrs ?? whose having a laf, concrete will last a life time, natural slates ?cant get anything more costly. somebody taking the P here born n bred blue

2:05pm Tue 3 Apr 12

born n bred blue says...

as with lead flashings you can get leadfree flashings plus grp for gullys
as with lead flashings you can get leadfree flashings plus grp for gullys born n bred blue

6:39pm Tue 3 Apr 12

bubble of reason says...

born n bred blue wrote:
concrete roof tiles last 25yrs ?? whose having a laf, concrete will last a life time, natural slates ?cant get anything more costly. somebody taking the P here
Can't really see your point?
A : What is a Lifetime?
B : So they are using Natural Slates?
C : Can't get anything more costly.

Well:

A : Concrete does NOT last a lifetime! (whatever that is)?

B : HHHmm Use Concrete and Do the Job four times in the Estimated time Of Natural Slate. Saves Money and Inconvenience?

C: I wonder Natural slate is so costly? HHHHHHHHHmmm?

Whatever they put on The Hospice Roof to keep the People inside dryer for longer with the Longest Costliest Material Going (Perhaps)
Or maybe they should have used concrete and pocketed the Vast Difference in Cost?

Can't really see your point?
[quote][p][bold]born n bred blue[/bold] wrote: concrete roof tiles last 25yrs ?? whose having a laf, concrete will last a life time, natural slates ?cant get anything more costly. somebody taking the P here[/p][/quote]Can't really see your point? A : What is a Lifetime? B : So they are using Natural Slates? C : Can't get anything more costly. Well: A : Concrete does NOT last a lifetime! (whatever that is)? B : HHHmm Use Concrete and Do the Job four times in the Estimated time Of Natural Slate. Saves Money and Inconvenience? C: I wonder Natural slate is so costly? HHHHHHHHHmmm? Whatever they put on The Hospice Roof to keep the People inside dryer for longer with the Longest Costliest Material Going (Perhaps) Or maybe they should have used concrete and pocketed the Vast Difference in Cost? Can't really see your point? bubble of reason

7:11pm Tue 3 Apr 12

mavrick says...

Hospices should be given funding from the national lottery or government. it is laudible the fundraisers paying for the roof. But is this how terminally ill people should be looked after in Brittain?
Hospices should be given funding from the national lottery or government. it is laudible the fundraisers paying for the roof. But is this how terminally ill people should be looked after in Brittain? mavrick

4:27pm Wed 4 Apr 12

slideby says...

VICTORY DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VICTORY DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! slideby

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