London Seamless Flat Roofing

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by London Seamless Flat Roofing's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from London Seamless Flat Roofing is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.londonseamlessflatroofing.co.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
36 | LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT ROOFING
Managing Director RafalDrabik
Based in Brentford,
west London
London Seamless Flat Roofing Ltd are a company that work
with the latest technological developments in the roofing
industry. Operating mostly in the southeast of England
and in London, their aim is to waterproof new builds and
refurbished builds in the commercial sector by using a non-
flame method. The company was one of the first to use this
method and has accumulated a wealth of experience in the
meantime. One of the reasons this non-flame method is so
attractive to clients – especially those in traditional buildings –
is that it is far less likely to cause fires. The company has been
operating for more than a decade and has won many awards
in recognition of its work. Managing Director Rafal Drabik tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
We were founded in 2005 as a roofing liquid specialist. This was once a niche
market, but we’ve since seen it grow to become a much larger industry. Our
services cover the southeast of England, including London, and our clientele are
generally in the commercial sector, where we deal mainly with refurbishments and
new builds. We distinguish ourselves in the market by specialising in the no-flame
liquid method for flat roofs, meaning that we also perform work on walkways,
gutters and balconies.
FACTS ABOUT
LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT
ROOFING
»Managing Director: RafalDrabik
»Founded in 2005
»Located in Brentford, London
Borough of Hounslow
»Services: Liquid roofing
waterproofing
»No. of employees: 10
»Member of NFRC and LRWA,
winner of Project of the Year in
the LRWA Awards 2018
London Seamless Flat
Roofing
37LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT ROOFING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Starting early in a growing
sector
We are, and have been for many years,
at the cutting edge of technology.
With our expertise, we can support
clients from the very beginning all
the way through to completion. Our
waterproofing works always meet
the key standards of being on time,
cost-effective and performed well. By
working with companies with a global
reputation, we are able to deliver high-
quality, high-performance work for
ourclients.
Because of our early entry in this
market, we’ve accumulated a great
deal of experience. Indeed, since our
founding, we have completed work on
over 140,000 square metres of roofs,
balconies and walkways using liquid
waterproofing systems. Although
we are a small company with ten
employees, we nevertheless work on
large projects. The work we have done
over the years has been recognised.
In 2011, our staff were given a team
award by Sika Liquid Plastics Technical
Field Services for their excellent quality
workmanship and performance.
Furthermore, in the years 2007, 2009
and 2011, we were awarded Project
ofthe Year.
A statement on the sector
Traditional methods of application for
roofing systems require the use of gas
torches, burners under bitumen boilers
and hot air or hot gas guns. Not only
does the heat represent a risk to the
building, but there are also health and
safety concerns for the installers and
building occupiers.
Our expertise allows
us to support clients
throughout the entire
process in a cost-
effective manner
In 2007, 2009 and
2011, we were awarded
Project of the Year
Because of
our early entry
in this market,
we’ve
accumulated a
great deal of
experience
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
36 | LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT ROOFING
Managing Director RafalDrabik
Based in Brentford,
west London
London Seamless Flat Roofing Ltd are a company that work
with the latest technological developments in the roofing
industry. Operating mostly in the southeast of England
and in London, their aim is to waterproof new builds and
refurbished builds in the commercial sector by using a non-
flame method. The company was one of the first to use this
method and has accumulated a wealth of experience in the
meantime. One of the reasons this non-flame method is so
attractive to clients – especially those in traditional buildings –
is that it is far less likely to cause fires. The company has been
operating for more than a decade and has won many awards
in recognition of its work. Managing Director Rafal Drabik tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
We were founded in 2005 as a roofing liquid specialist. This was once a niche
market, but we’ve since seen it grow to become a much larger industry. Our
services cover the southeast of England, including London, and our clientele are
generally in the commercial sector, where we deal mainly with refurbishments and
new builds. We distinguish ourselves in the market by specialising in the no-flame
liquid method for flat roofs, meaning that we also perform work on walkways,
gutters and balconies.
FACTS ABOUT
LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT
ROOFING
»Managing Director: RafalDrabik
»Founded in 2005
»Located in Brentford, London
Borough of Hounslow
»Services: Liquid roofing
waterproofing
»No. of employees: 10
»Member of NFRC and LRWA,
winner of Project of the Year in
the LRWA Awards 2018
London Seamless Flat
Roofing
37LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT ROOFING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Starting early in a growing
sector
We are, and have been for many years,
at the cutting edge of technology.
With our expertise, we can support
clients from the very beginning all
the way through to completion. Our
waterproofing works always meet
the key standards of being on time,
cost-effective and performed well. By
working with companies with a global
reputation, we are able to deliver high-
quality, high-performance work for
ourclients.
Because of our early entry in this
market, we’ve accumulated a great
deal of experience. Indeed, since our
founding, we have completed work on
over 140,000 square metres of roofs,
balconies and walkways using liquid
waterproofing systems. Although
we are a small company with ten
employees, we nevertheless work on
large projects. The work we have done
over the years has been recognised.
In 2011, our staff were given a team
award by Sika Liquid Plastics Technical
Field Services for their excellent quality
workmanship and performance.
Furthermore, in the years 2007, 2009
and 2011, we were awarded Project
ofthe Year.
A statement on the sector
Traditional methods of application for
roofing systems require the use of gas
torches, burners under bitumen boilers
and hot air or hot gas guns. Not only
does the heat represent a risk to the
building, but there are also health and
safety concerns for the installers and
building occupiers.
Our expertise allows
us to support clients
throughout the entire
process in a cost-
effective manner
In 2007, 2009 and
2011, we were awarded
Project of the Year
Because of
our early entry
in this market,
we’ve
accumulated a
great deal of
experience
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
38 | LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT ROOFING
When I founded this company, the non-
flame method was relatively unknown
and not widely used. Since 2013,
it has grown by more than 30 per
cent, which – according to the Liquid
Roofing and Waterproofing Association
– makes it the most rapidly growing
part of the roofing market (as of 2018).
The LRWA also reports that over the
same period, its membership nearly
doubled and the collective turnover
of its members increased by 35 per
cent. In short, it’s a rapidly expanding
industry. Indeed, it’s safe to say that
today it is now the main roofing system
– something spurred on to a large
extent by health and safetyregulations.
One of the issues we and many
other companies like us face is
apprenticeships. We’d like to take on
apprentices, but given unpredictable
turbulence in the economy, it’s hard
to assume that responsibility. This
phenomenon is made even more
difficult by the fact that many people
in our industry are self-employed
contractors. It’s not just our sector that
reports this problem, but the broader
construction sector. Policy should be
made with this in mind, perhaps by
pooling risk in some fashion.
Another point regarding labour is
the uncertainty posed by Brexit. As
a country, we currently enjoy access
to talent from all over Europe. Many
in the construction industry are
concerned that after leaving the EU,
we will be denied access to this vast
pool of talent and will be left with a
skills shortage. It’s important, I feel,
that we have a relationship with the EU
that still allows for the free exchange
of labour – from which we have
benefited so much over thedecades.
Working towards the future
As we move into the future, I anticipate
that growth will nevertheless continue
– both in terms of demand and in
terms of turnover. Indeed, with respect
to the former, one of our problems
is that we struggle to keep up with
demand. I’m confident about increased
turnover because we have built such
a solid reputation in the sector over
the years. Indeed, as we increasingly
mature as a company, we feel more
and more compelled to contribute and
give back to the public. An example of
this is our sponsorship of the LRWA’s
“Dragon Boat Regatta” charity event,
with all of the money raised going to
the mental health charity Mind.
To help us continue growing, all
that’s needed from politicians is a
commitment to creating the conditions
under which a strong economy is
possible. The innovation, energy
and resilience of British industry and
business will take it from there.
The London Seamless
Flat Roofing team
Serving London and the wider
southeast England area
It’s important,
Ifeel, that we
have a
relationship
with the EU
that still allows
for the free
exchange of
labour
39ROOF-LINK INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LTD |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Joint Managing Directors
MartinLloyd (left) and Michael
Hockley (right) with Chairman
Norman Hudson (centre)
Our operational
base
Specialising in industrial roofing repair, maintenance
and renewal, Roof-Link are committed to raising safety
standards and the wider perception of their industry. They
work on a variety of construction projects that range from
small contracts to large projects carried out with the likes of
Asda or Ford. Their commitment to safety has been recognised
by their receipt of the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents Gold Award for 16 consecutive years. Beyond their
wider construction work, they are committed to reducing
their carbon footprint, and for every order over £1,000, they
plant a tree in their local area. Chairman Norman Hudson tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
We specialise in industrial roofing repair, maintenance and renewal. This is a sector
with a poor reputation regarding quality and service, and the derogatory term
“cowboys” is often applied. It is also an industry where safety is at a premium. Falls
from height are a major cause of life-changing injury or death.
We operate from an office, yard and storage buildings in Waltham Abbey, Essex,
famous for its connection to King Harold and the ancient abbey where he was
buried after his death in the Battle of Hastings. Although this is our operational
base, we carry out contracts throughout England and Wales.
The directors, office staff and operatives are highly motivated and work as a
single unit to give every contract the quality and service that both our clients and
we expect. This approach means that our many major industrial customers and
FACTS ABOUT
ROOF-LINK
»Joint Managing Directors:
Michael Hockley and
MartinLloyd
»Chairman: Norman Hudson
»Founded in 2001
»Based in Waltham Abbey,
Essex
»Services: Industrial and
commercial roofing and
cladding
»No. of employees: 8 alongside
a dedicated workforce
»Turnover: £2.2 million
»www.roof-link.co.uk
Roof-Link Industrial
and Commercial Ltd

www.londonseamlessflatroofing.co.uk

This article was sponsored by London Seamless Flat Roofing. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster