Bothal Primary School, Ashington

Appointed via a tender process, Hodgson Sayers delivered four roof replacements at Bothal Primary School.

A team of 14 worked on the project including subcontractors and multi-tradesmen.

Capita was leading the project. Site foreman, Brian Thompson and contracts manager, Colin Howey led the project from Hodgson Sayers.


  • The existing roofing had come to the end of its lifespan and the asphalt structure was overlaid with a 20 year Sika liquid plastic system.
  • As work took place during term time disruption had to be kept to a minimum. The team liaised closely with the headteacher and caretaker so that all deliveries were made at predetermined times to suit school requirements.
  • The existing perspex roof to the long corridor was damaged and leaking severely. This was stripped off and renewed with trusses and timber deck to form a new structure. A large rooflight was installed within the decking to maintain natural light and all lights to the remaining roofs had to be stripped out and renewed after school hours.  The classrooms were cleaned internally ready for the return of the school children the following day.
  • Coping stones were set aside and refixed once the new lead effect Ubiflex flashings were installed on the high level pitched roofs.  The link corridors also required installation of new cavity trays as there had been historical water ingress to the buildings.
  • New ventilation and monoridge roof tiles were also fitted on the pitched roofs. This was carefully coordinated to ensure minimum disruption. Extensive scaffolding was carried out which required the scaffolders to attend site on weekends or after school hours to carry out erection and dismantling.
  • New electrics, plastering and internal decoration took place, as well as replacement of damaged aluminium sheeting
  • Monthly meetings with both Capita and Northumberland Council occurred to ensure the project ran smoothly.


This contract was potentially very difficult due to the different tasks and trades required during the school term.  Although variations were issued by the client we still needed to complete within the scheduled programme. When the work finished a large chimney required demolition and removal during the school holidays.  The operatives worked late nights and every weekend to ensure the project was delivered on time.

Customer Feedback:

Mark Thompson, Associate Director, Building Surveying at Capita, said: “It has been a pleasure working with Colin and Brian to deliver this project. Despite some delays and problems on site, we have delivered a successful job which has been well received by the school.”