Working at height is certainly not everyone’s idea of fun, but for South Thames’ roofers, it’s part of their daily routine. While wet weather can be hazardous and unpleasant, fine days bring some stunning views and unbelievable sights.
Every time we work on a different roof in Surrey, our view of the county changes, and we find new sights to behold. From open countryside to busy airports, there’s never a dull day’s work.
We can often see the jagged skyscrapers in London when we’re working on the roof on fine days, and it’s normal to get a birds-eye view of the busy goings-on at Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. The air traffic control building is so large, the top section had to be rolled across the tarmac for construction.
Wembley Stadium is easy to pick out, too, with its huge arch lit brightly at dusk to warn passing aeroplanes of its presence. It’s still dwarfed by the BT Tower, which looks like a huge silver chimney from Surrey’s high points.
Famous historic buildings punctuate many urban areas in and around Surrey, too. The Grade II listed Guildford Cathedral is easy to pick out, with its green roof and modern, red brick silhouette. The tower is 160 feet tall, and many of the bricks were bought by local residents to fund the project. The Queen and Prince Philip both purchased one in the 1950s.
The Leith Hill Tower is a recognisable sight, reaching 965 feet above sea level. It’s the highest point in the south east of England. From the top, it’s said that you can see 13 different counties. On a clear day, you can even see the English Channel from its pinnacle.
Among the urban tangle, we’re often fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the Surrey Hills, the Weald or the South Downs. If we see the Bagshot Heath transmitter, we know it’s going to be a fine day ahead.
What the Future Holds
In the south of England, the skyline changes on a weekly basis. New buildings are being constructed to house people and office workers, and we always notice when our view of the south changes.
Victoria Square in Woking looks like the next big skyscraper to change our view. This 34-storey, 350-foot building is part of Woking’s regeneration project, and is expected to cost at least £250 million to complete.
The Victoria Square development will contain a hotel, shops and pedestrianised areas, and will result in Woking Fire Station being moved to accommodate it. The new building will soar above Export House, Woking’s current tallest building.
Talk to the Experts
South Thames Roofing’s experienced roofers spend dozens of hours surveying Surrey from the sky. If you need repairs or maintenance, consult the experts: the people who work on Surrey’s skyline every day. For more information about flat roof pricing, chimney repairs or complete roof replacement, don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss the way forward.