The Majestic on City Square in Leeds city centre now has a new temporary roof following the devastating fire that ripped through the building last September.
The installation of the new roof is part of the painstaking process of work being carried out by the building’s owners Rushbond PLC, to make the building wind and water tight.
The installation of the roof represents the completion of the third phase of works, following the emergency scaffolding support works and the demolition of the mangled roof, steelwork and debris removal undertaken at the end of last year.
The temporary birdcage scaffold roof structure has been designed to ensure that the building is protected from the elements. It has been installed by building contractors Weatherald. The roof will give the building time for its structure to dry out following the extensive water damage.
Mark Finch, director of Real Estate at Rushbond plc, said: “The design team and contractors were rapidly mobilised so that they could deal with the issues arising from the fire.
“Despite the speed at which they needed to work, there was a very clear programme in place for the work. Firstly, supporting the building was the main priority then removing the remains of the roof and finally installing this temporary cover.
“The building is now clear of all the fire-related debris and what is needed is time in order for the building to dry out over the coming months.
“Fortunately, we have had a relatively mild winter, but the contractors had to work quickly to remove the charred roof structures and eradicate the risk of ice and snow damage.
“It has been a challenge, but one that the team have stood up to, working closely with the helpful and responsive City Council team.
“The building will continue to be monitored across the Summer whilst we look to progress the next phase in the revitalisation of this iconic Leeds site.”