Soffits, Fascias, Guttering, Downpipes, Weatherboard, Roofline Products, UPVC, Colour-Matching
The impressive new home of BBC Wales cost £120m and features state of the art technology, there is just one problem, when it rains the floor is strewn with buckets! This prompted one tabloid newspaper to rather cruelly call the organisation the ‘Big buckets corporation’! The building, which sits in Cardiff’s Central Square, took four years to build and is one of the most expensive structures in Wales. Red faced BBC bosses had insisted that the move to Cardiff would eventually save money. The opening of the building was hailed a historic day, until the heavens opened, putting a dampener on the proceedings [scuse the pun]!
The former [and drier] home of BBC Wales was in Llandaff, for over 50 years, and will be knocked down and sold for housing developments. Work on the new 155,582 sq ft building started in 2015 and was completed earlier this year. It features cutting edge internet Protocol technology for TV editing and output along with camera control. Fortunately the leak has not affected the running of the BBC in this building, which is quite fortunate. A BBC Wales spokesman said: ‘As with any new building, the occasional issue can arise and we’re working with the developer and their contractors to remedy the situation.’
Joking aside, this situation highlights the importance of a sound roof and its accompanying guttering, soffits and fascias. Water will find the tiniest weak point at which to gain entrance to a building, and can wreak havoc. Damage by rain will very quickly escalate, so that the problem becomes extremely difficult to resolve. It can result in mould and ruined furniture, carpets etc. The BBC were pretty lucky too, as water or damp can cause damage worth thousands to expensive electrical equipment.
We see this sort of situation all too often at Chelmsford Roofline, which is a shame as it is easily avoidable. Call us for advice on 01245 861168