The 100-year-old hall of residence at St Margaret's College, in Dunedin, had an original slate roof which was in extremely poor condition and was leaking.
Apart from the roof, this magnificent building in the University of Otago’s historic precinct, was in very good condition, so it needed a roof that would do justice to its style and grand-nature.
While falling into a poor condition, the roof had become a safety hazard for staff and students, as slate tiles were cracking and falling off the three-storey roof. Additionally, the underside of the slate tiles were stone with nothing underneath them, which led to condensation issues.
St Margaret’s College Deputy Master, Bruce Cowan, summarised the problem at hand perfectly: “We needed to replace the roof, which meant we faced the dilemma that a lot of old building owners face – to replace the roof with current materials while retaining the building’s historic look.”