Prestigious u-roof Revolution at Fixby, Huddersfield

Prestigious U-Roof Revolution at Fixby,

The gleaming roof structure that’s taking shape at a new build residential development of 13 detached houses in Fixby on the edge of Huddersfield is really making heads turn!

Passing motorists frequently stop and take in the sight of the metallic Meccano-style structure, manufactured and supplied by U-Roof, sitting atop the latest property to take shape under the auspices of housebuilder Graham Construction Ltd, developer MD One Ltd and architects One17 AD.

It’s not just the aesthetics of this eye-catching roofing system that is making it stand out. There’s a myriad of benefits associated with U-Roof as Site Manager and business owner Richard Graham pointed out:

“I’ve become a convert to U-Roof as it’s the perfect solution for housing developments such as this when compared to traditional timber roofing. First and foremost there is the time it take to erect the roofing structure. It goes up in about a fifth of the time taken with timbers and that’s a major cost consideration for any housebuilder. It also provides a lot more ‘room in the roof’ than the more bulky timber alternative. The roofs on this development are hipped throughout with a dormer over a tower to the front elevation of the building. There is a catslide section to the rear with a valley adjacent and using U-Roof allows us to incorporate an ensuite bedroom into the roof area with additional storage space. It can also be put together without any specialist roofing skills. The steel structure simply screws together with ease and also doesn’t require any specialist tools.”

Architect Jonathan Budd of One17 is similarly enthused by the U-Roof system:

“Owing to the complex building shapes, our original designs were based on traditionally formed steel and timber roof structures across the site. U Roof was proposed as an alternative to this traditional approach and whilst we were happy to consider the system we were initially doubtful as to whether it could meet all our structural, spatial and aesthetic requirements. After meeting David Thurston of U-Roof and reviewing a full size factory model in conjunction with 3D CAD drawings of the roof it gave us full confidence to trial the system. Having now witnessed the versatility of the U Roof system together with the speed at which structure is erected on two properties we are looking to involve David in our detailed design development across the remainder of the site.”

The development, due to be completed by September 2012, is just one of many across the UK that showcase the system as U-Roof director, founder and inventor David Thurston explained:

“We’re seeing a growing interest from architects like One17 and housebuilders in this steel solution. Every roof is individually designed using our sophisticated 3D CAD software and then the high tensile galvanized steel is cold rolled into the required sections at our manufacturing facility in Elland, West Yorkshire. The finished product is supplied to site, generally in one flat pack lorry load. Several years later after many long hours and late nights the U-Roof team have refined and developed the basic design to provide a cost effective, practical, versatile and modern solution for the domestic roofing industry. It has evolved to become a user friendly answer to a complex design and installation problem especially where optimum space is required and time and cost implications come into play.”

U-Roof also ticks all of the boxes in regard to the Code for Sustainable Homes which was introduced in May 2008. The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against categories of sustainable design and rates the ‘whole home’ as a complete package.

David went on:

“U-Roof’s structure provides for a high performance warm roof design and is equally as effective within cold roof environments. It works in tandem with every type of traditional and contemporary roof covering which can all be fitted in place with ease. It exceeds all British targets for construction energy efficiency with insulation and is a perfect fit with the ethos and objectives of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).”

Whilst the new occupants of these attractive homes may not be aware of the advantages of U-Roof, it’s clear that they will benefit from the extra space it provides as Richard concluded:

“It’s a system that I’d thoroughly recommend to housebuilders looking for a more innovative way of generating extra space as well cutting down on construction time and the associated costs.”