Pioneers’ Museum, Rochdale

Project: Pioneers’ Museum, Rochdale

Loop Systems’ design for the rejuvenation of the Pioneers’ Museum in Rochdale included installation of 8 bespoke roof windows supplied by FAKRO GB. Being within a conservation area, the specification required windows to have a double mullion bar in RAL7022 to match the existing stone slate roof. Fitting of the windows also had to be flush within the roof line. Although this would ordinarily have been a straightforward process using FAKRO’s EZJ flashing, variations in slate thickness also had to be overcome.

Fakro regularly manufactures roof windows to bespoke requirements in addition to selling most of its extensive range in conservation style. Commissions for special detailing are normally completed quickly, as Fakro Senior Specification Manager Adam James commented. “The growing demand to meet specific design requirements can vary from a non-standard size to a particular frame colour or, as in this case, an additional mullion bar. Fakro has considerable experience of meeting such needs and with our exceptional timber quality and window U-values we are benefitting from a high level of word of mouth recommendation”.

Restoration of the Grade II Listed building attracted Heritage Lottery funding and was undertaken by specialist contractor William Anelay Ltd. The existing stone slate roof was stripped off, the underlying membrane replaced and the roof reinstated together with an upper floor which had been removed in the 70s. The project’s completion will be celebrated with delegates visiting from all over the world during 2012, the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.