The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster. As a Grade 1 listed, high-profile iconic building, IKO’s and its partner contractors’ experience in working on historical buildings was carefully examined by St Ann’s Gate Architects. This was confirmed through IKO’s involvement with St Paul’s Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral.
The Westminster project involved replacing 600-700sqft of the existing asphalt with IKO Permaphalt, a polymer modified mastic asphalt. A particular challenge was working around the historic roof’s spectacular slopes and numerous curves - originally built in the late 1800s in the Byzantine style. It required outstanding workmanship and craftsmanship to complete it, with the material hand-laid on the exposed roof while the building was in constant use.
“The Roofing Awards showcase some of the most intricate and challenging roofing projects from across the country; we are delighted to win - Westminster Cathedral is a fantastic example of what can be achieved,” comments Marcus Lee, Sales Director of IKO’s Specification Division.
IKO was also shortlisted for two other impressive projects in the Mastic Asphalt/Hot Melt category: the British Museum (with Briggs Amasco) and Guildhall Southampton (with Survey Roofing).