Brunel University houses around 15,000 students every year and prides itself on excellence both in and out of the classroom. After an issue with moss caused significant damage to the roof of one of the student accommodation houses, the university decided it was time for a change. The university was keen to try something new and asked for solar PV panels to be installed in order to qualify for the government’s FIT initiative and receive extra funding.
Speaking about the reroofing job, Project Manager Claire Holyoake from the Tiled Roofing Company said: “I specified the 50 Double Roman tile because it suited the aesthetic of the surrounding buildings. The SpecMaster Guarantee was really important to the university and included all of the components that would be needed to complete the job. Having worked with Redland on multiple projects in the past, I know the products are of a high quality and my clients are always pleased with the end result.”
The installation of the InDaX PV System hasn’t been a common occurrence for roofing contractors Richardson Roofing, as such a few of the roofers spent a day at the Redland Training Facility in South Cerney. The Site Manager from Richardson Roofing, Kevin Taylor said: “Having never worked with solar panels before, we were happy to be offered the necessary training by Redland. Eight of us attended the course and they taught us everything we needed to know. The project went really well and we would be confident in our abilities to install PV panels again in the future.”
Redlands InDaX PV System differs from most PV units in that it is fully integrated into the roof rather than sitting on top of the tiles. This means that the integrity of the roof is maintained whilst delivering clean solar electricity generation.
Winners and contenders alike praise the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition
Each year, the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition helps apprentices on their journey to build their future career – by helping them with better business understanding, stronger communication skills and improved confidence. These are just some of the benefits that past winners and finalists of the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition have received and, as entries for the 2019 competition continue to arrive, some of past finalists have been reflecting upon the experience and what it taught them.
BMI National Training Centre flattens Ceiran’s learning curve
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BMI’s apprentice competition demonstrates its commitment to roofing’s future
The search is on to find the sectors top apprentices in BMI UK & Ireland’s 2019 Apprentice of the Year competition. The two previous competitions were hailed a great success, unearthing some exciting roofing talent and, with this year’s competition open for entries, BMI looks back on the competition and the great things that have been achieved by past entrants.