Wallbarn’s secret touch turns flat roofs into gorgeous spaces

Turning unloved and little-used flat roof spaces into beautifully finished paved areas or lush green roofs is a speciality that Wallbarn has built its reputation upon. The business, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is a leader in both areas, but jokes that it is the really successful company that many people are unaware of. RCI spoke with Julian Thurbin, director at Wallbarn to find out more.

Building better mental health

Mental health is something of a taboo subject in the workplace, particularly in construction. Stuart Russell, commercial manager at CPI EuroMix, discusses the steps construction companies can take to remedy the symptoms of stress and poor mental health before the afflictions can take full effect.

Roof inspections 1: Why do we inspect?

This month’s Technical Note from Keith Roberts is the first in a new series that highlights the importance of roof inspections

Message to the new government

We are working hard to meeting the goals of the Industrial Strategy – give us some recognition in return argues James Talman, NFRC’s chief executive officer

Apprentices – you’re hired!

It is well reported that the UK construction industry is facing a looming workforce crisis with not enough young talent coming into the sector to bridge the widening gap. However, there's support available to both encourage youngsters to apply for an apprenticeship and to help businesses in their search for ‘new blood’. Here, Richard Kendrick, marketing manager for SIG Roofing, discusses how to get more ‘youth on the roof’.

The Institute of Roofing is reborn

In 2019, The Institute of Roofing (IoR) appointed a new chief executive, Stuart Hicks. During its November AGM, he outlined ambitious plans for growth, which also coincides with the Institute’s 40th anniversary this year. Now we’ve entered the new year, Stuart explains his plans for the future and what the IoR does for the UK roofing industry.

When sub-contractors take on design responsibilities

Bob Richardson, head of technical at the NFRC, explains what sub-contractors installing industrial roofs should consider when taking design responsibilities.

Domestic reverse charge VAT delay – is your building firm affected?

The government recently announced that the deadline for the introduction of the domestic reverse charge for construction services has been delayed until 1st October 2020. Jamie Russell from Perrys Chartered Accountants provides some background on what it means and whether it will affect your building firm.

A winter warning from Marley

With forecasters predicting the coldest and snowiest winter for decades, how should roofing contractors be preparing? Tom Woodhouse, site services manager at Marley, gives his top tips on site safety and roof installation in winter

Contractors and developers embrace the protective Top-2000 S finish

Rodney Hogg, national roofing manager at Crest Nelskamp, shares some of the feedback the company has received about the micro concrete surface technology used on its Double Roman and Double Pantile roof tiles