Friends of Shanklin Theatre

Replacement Foyer Roof

The roof above the foyer at the entrance to Shanklin Theatre has, like other parts of the building, come to the end of its useful life. The foyer below has been beautifully redecorated in recent times and there was risk of damaging this decor due to the ageing roof starting to leak again, despite being patched up more than once.

The Trustees of Shanklin Theatre & Community Trust, whose responsibility it is to preserve the building, consequently tasked  a local firm, Newton Roofing, with the substantial job of stripping the old roof and renewing the lead covering on a like-for-like basis in line with English Heritage Grade 2 Listed Building requirements.

Lead is a traditional covering and, with a long lifetime, has lasted well since the 1930s when the rebuilt Theatre was opened. The old lead wasn’t wasted – it went for recycling and will be processed and used again.

It’s great to see a local firm has the skills to make use of these traditional materials. The images show some lovely lead work where the lead was joined (burnt): looking like a string of pearls.

The foyer below (including its visitors) should be well protected from rain for a long time to come, but the work goes on – there’s a bit of painting and decorating to do where water did get through!

Contributions are always welcome to help with the significant costs in maintaining the fabric of Shanklin Theatre.

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