UNITED KINGDOM – IKO PLC has won the UK Roofing Award for Best Mastic Asphalt/Hot-Melt project for its work on Westminster Cathedral with Knight Asphalte. The Cathedral is the ‘Mother Church’ of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster and an iconic, Grade 1 listed building. IKO was an ideal partner due to its experience working on St Paul’s Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral.
The Westminster project involved replacing 600-700 ft² of the existing asphalt with IKO Permaphalt. A big challenge was working around the historic roof’s spectacular slopes and numerous curves – originally built in the late 1800s in the Byzantine style. It required outstanding workmanship and craftsmanship to complete it, with the material hand-laid on the exposed roof while the building was in constant use.
The Roofing Awards feature some of the most intricate and challenging roofing projects from across the country and Westminster Cathedral is a fantastic example of what can be achieved.