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Going through the roof

southampton church new roof externalSouthampton church gets a new roof

The Building Surveying team at DHCS managed a major re-roofing project at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portswood, Southampton.

We have been looking after all matters relating to the maintenance and condition of the Church since 2011 when we carried out our first quinquennial building survey inspection.

The old roof dated from the 1950s and, as Nick Eames Head of Building Consultancy at DHCS, recounts, he had never encountered a roof structure like it.  It consisted of a concrete frame, covered with felt followed by a steel mesh with Dutch tiles laid on top. It was an incredibly heavy structure and needed to be fully replaced.

southampton church roof refurbishment

Original roof of church


southampton church old roof structure

The old roof being dismantled

Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors provided the full range of services to see the project through to completion, from Architectural Planning, Building Regs, Specification and Tender through to Contract Administration of the new roof.

The building works saw the old roof stripped off. The new roof was fully insulated and fibre cement tiles used on top, giving a reduced overall weight.  This material also gives the Diocese the opportunity to install photovoltaic panels in the future.

The new ceiling inside the Church

The new ceiling inside the Church

The roof was finished in time for the Christmas holy period. The next phase of the work will be to specify an internal acoustic ceiling.


For more information on our Building Consultancy and Surveying services, please contact Nick Eames.