Specialist building and roofing contractor Hodgson Sayers has undertaken a £500,000 refit of the roofing on two of the wards at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.
The 800-bed hospital is managed by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is one of the UK’s main facilities for organ transplantation.
Stanley-based Hodgson and Sayers won a competitive tender to replace the roofing on the operating theatre ward and on the cardio ward.
Managing director John Sayers said: “Our contracts manager Colin Howey headed up a 13-strong team, five of whom worked on the operating theatre undertaking a full roof replacement, removing the existing copper and fitting a copper felt cap sheet.
“We also had a team of eight working on the roof of the cardio ward to provide waterproof liquid plastic roofing in asphalt.
“This has been an extensive and rewarding project to work on, given the nature of the life-saving activities that take place on both wards.
“Strong winds have, at times, proved challenging for the team, but they are very experienced.
“We have also ensured minimal disruption for staff and patients and have enjoyed working on the project and seeing the end result.”
Established in 1979 as Hodgson & Allon, the company, which became Hodgson Sayers this year, began primarily as a roofing contractor.
Over the years, however, it has developed and diversified considerably to include building works, fencing and metalwork fabrication.
It now employs more than 100 people at its 20,000 sq ft headquarters on the Tanfield Lea Industrial Estate, and brings a range of expertise to work with clients throughout the North East.
With the help of increased business from recommendations, the ISO 9001 accredited company continues to expand while still pursuing a rigorous environmental management system.
Hodgson Sayers has also achieved a Gold Award for Health and Safety through the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust chief building officer Rob Sanderson said: “The trust takes great pride in our high quality maintenance regimes.
“We use products that are traditional and offer a good life-cycle.”