The Greek Cathedral of St. Sophia: Pitched Roofing
A pitched roofing project for a cathedral in Bayswater.
The Saint Sophia Cathedral has been a focal point of the Greek Orthodox community in London since 1892. So undertaking a prestigious roofing project was going to have both it’s challenges, and rewards.
Extra care and planning had to be taken so as not to disturb the frescoes painted on the ceilings and walls around the dome. The existing tiles were removed and it was intended to replace them with imported Greek tiles. However, the Greek factory was too busy fulfilling an order for a French Town Hall and so the tiles were sourced from a French manufacturer!
Additional timber work was designed and fixed to the concrete structure to reduce vibration and significant deterrents were introduced to prevent pigeons roosting. Complex lead work was carried out over the gables with additional mechanical fixings, necessary to counter the high risk of wind uplift.
Regular collaboration with all parties involved was needed throughout to ensure that the project was a success.