Skinners’ Hall

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Skinners' Hall

City of London, EC4R

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DESCRIPTION

Skinners’ Hall is a Grade I Listed Building and has been home to the Worshipful Company of Skinners for over 700 years. The original medieval buildings suffered in the Great Fire of London (1666), and was destroyed to ground level. However, parts of the basement survived and are now preserved as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The rest of the building complex was rebuilt and completed in 1672, although parts were later damaged from bombing during the Second World War (1939—1945).

The building has served The Skinners Company well and has aided them in their mission of fostering education and training, housing the elderly, assisting people in need and supporting charitable causes. This exciting major redevelopment aims to protect and conserve Skinner’s Hall to allow the company to continue their amazing work for many more years.

The project has taken six years of planning and the final redevelopment plans were designed by 6a Architects. The project involves extensive repairs and renovation, improved accessibility throughout the building, increased venue space provision, alteration, refurbishment and decorating works. The mechanical and electrical services will be enhanced, aiming to substantially reduce the Halls’ operational carbon footprint.

We are very pleased to be working on this Grade I Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument and look forward to working alongside the whole design team to deliver the scheme, preserving this historic building complex for future generations.

CLIENT

Worshipful Company of Skinners

ARCHITECT

6a Architects

CONTRACT

JCT Standard Building Contract with Quantities 

VALUE

Approx £17M

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St John at Hackney Wins RIBA 2022 National Award

St John at Hackney RIBA National Award

We are very excited to hear that St John at Hackney Church has been awarded an RIBA 2022 National Award.

Earlier this year the refurbished Grade II Listed Church also received an RIBA 2022 London Award.

These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication that went into this refurbishment project; upgrading the Church to create a beautiful venue for music and worship.

St John at Hackney is a great example of the high-quality projects Rooff are fortunate to work on. We are delighted to have been part of the team and delivery process and congratulate everyone involved.

Our Newham Meet the Trainer Event & Careers Fair

Newham Meet The Trainer Event

We were delighted to attend Our Newham Work Meet the Trainer Event and Careers Fair held in Stratford. It was great to have Rooffs Development Director – Steve Drury on board, providing high level careers advice and guidance gained from 37 years of industry experience. Steve really enjoyed the conversations with aspiring potential entrants to the industry including many international students from UEL and was particularly impressed with the high level of talented international students looking to work in the UK construction sector. With the continued predicted skills shortage as highlighted by the latest CITB and wider research data, the inward attraction of international talent, alongside training of our own, remains a vital strategy for the future success of the industry.

Out of difficulty women always find opportunity

Shona Noel

Last week our Apprentice Site Manager, Shona Noel was invited to speak at Islington Town Hall at the Tradeswoman Building Bridges reception. Tradeswoman Building Bridges is an organisation that supports and promotes the representation of North American women working in the construction trades. The group are in London meeting with workers, union leaders, policy makers, and community advocates. A reception was held at Islington Town Hall where the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Marian Spall and Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz both gave a speech about the importance of women in construction.

Women working in the industry is increasing, however there are still many challenges that women face but as Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz so rightly said “Out of difficulty women always find opportunity”. Rooff are proud to say that 15% of our workforce is female, a number which in the next few years we hope to increase. One of these amazing women is our Apprentice Site Manager, Shona Noel. Shona gave an excellent speech about her experience of joining the industry after working in childcare for over ten years and then deciding that she wanted a career change. Shona completed construction related courses hosted by Women in Construction and Islington Council before starting a carpentry apprenticeship. After training as a carpenter Shona decided that she wanted to become a Site Manager. She worked hard and joined Rooff in September 2021 as an apprentice Site Manager. This resilience and determination for following her passion and working her way up demonstrates the strength that not just Shona but all women in construction possess.

Rooff are delighted have Shona as part of the team and we are motivated in supporting even more women into the industry. It was an inspirational event, and it was great to meet tradeswomen from across the world, showing the importance of supporting and encouraging women in construction.

Tradeswomen Building Bridges Reception

Rooff Sign Contract for £17M Refurbishment Work at Skinners’ Hall

Skinners Hall Contract Signing

Last Friday Rooff signed the contract for the commencement of work at the prestigious Grade I Listed Skinners’ Hall. The contract was signed for on behalf of the Skinners’ Company by the Chairman of the Skinners’ Hall Panel Committee -The Rt Hon The Earl of Malmesbury DL and the Master, Sarah Stallebass, and by Rooff’s Managing Director, Mark Horn, Operation Directors, Gan Hirani and Construction Director, Tony Pearce.

The project has taken six years of planning and the final redevelopment plans were designed by 6a Architects. This exciting major redevelopment project involves extensive repairs, renewal of existing services, and improvements to the building, in particular to improving accessibility. Refurbishment and decorating works will also be carried out.

We are very pleased to be working on this special heritage project and look forward to preserving this Scheduled Ancient Monument for future generations.