JR Flat Roofing, based in Redruth in Cornwall, does a lot of work for Moto Hospitality, the motorway service station company. It is just about to start on a £150,00 contract at Trowell services on the M1 near Nottingham to put a new roof on the pedestrian footbridge over the motorway.
They will close off one lane of the motorway at a time, working only at night (10pm to 4am) starting on Monday 7th and ending the following Saturday, 14th June. That is 175 square meters of flat roofing in just one week of nights.
Managing director Nick Rogers (pictured below) welcomes the challenge of the job, saying: "We are experienced with national projects that have a short timeframe. We focus on getting any of our jobs done quickly which means a fast turnaround and a more cost effective job for the client. Many areas of our work involve overcome challenges, but this one has been particularly interesting as we have needed to arrange lane closures on the M1 with the Highways Agency. A lot of hard work and planning has taken place over the past 12 months to ensure the job runs smoothly, but all the foundations are now in place and we are looking forward to completing the work."
I am not sure what my friends at IPAF would make of it, who are sticklers for the right selection of work-at-height equipment (and quite rightly so), but as this solution has full Highways Agency approval it must have been properly engineered and all signed off.