New VMZINC roof for Grade 1-listed church on World heritage site
As one of the nation’s most precious Victorian architectural gems, the Grade 1-listed Saltaire United Reformed Church, built in 1859, is a unique example of Italianate religious architecture. Renovation work on what was the spiritual centre of the model village, focussed on the mausoleum in which Sir Titus Salt and his family are buried. Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and work on the mausoleum roof involved hand crafting of a new ornamental, stamped natural zinc roof by VMZINC craftsmen. The zinc panels were then hand-worked and folded on site by restoration specialists Norman and Underwood, a VMZINC@Work Partner to ensure they matched the curvature of the stonework. Zinc was used to replace lead in order to remove the threat of theft following the approach by Overton Architects to English Heritage. The result is a restoration which is considered to have brought the building back to a standard not seen for more than a century.
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