Contract manager, Dave Wakenshaw
We are well underway with roofing repairs at Jarrow Town Hall. An iconic grade II listed building situated in the heart of the town centre.
The building and town was propelled into the limelight in 1936 when 200 people walked to London to highlight the exceptional levels of unemployment in the town.
Working alongside South Tyneside Council, the project is progressing well and we are on target to complete on time.
We knew the Town Hall was a place of pride for the local community but the support the project has attracted has inspired us all.
We received a call from a local resident who was getting her roof replaced. She had read about the project in the Shields Gazette and wanted to donate her slates.
The Welsh blue slates that she had were an ideal fit and resembled the current look of the building. Using the recycled slates they span 40 square metres of the roof.
By recycling existing roof materials from within South Tyneside has made this a very economical and environmentally friendly project.
The community has been very much part of this project and it is always an added bonus to work on buildings to ensure that we are projecting their legacy for years to come.
We have progressed work around the front elevation of the building and scaffolding has been erected around the clock tower. As it is grade II listed, it is crucial the clock tower remains safe and untouched during the work.
We are looking forward to seeing the project complete and in-keeping with its original features.