Bat for More… Phase 2 of Oxburgh Hall Stable Roof


images of Oxburgh Hall Stable Roof

We have already completed a slate re-roof to another area of the stable block at Oxburgh Hall. We were asked recently to complete the next phase of this project which is being managed by Draper and Nichols builders.

The stable block is a grade 2 listed building, so no alterations can be made to the fabric of the building without prior consent. But that isn’t the biggest consideration that needs to be taken into account on this job! The stable block is also home to a colony of bats. All work has to be completed under the close supervision of the bat ecologist and following the very strict bat mitigation measures in place in the bat licence.

We removed all existing slates and salvaged the good quality slates, sourcing good quality matching reclaimed slates to replace any that were damaged or broken.

image of roof that highlights the 'bat felt membrane'

We fitted a special bat felt membrane along with treated timber battens. Bat friendly membrane fits under the slates and serves the same protective purpose as regular membrane but also has a rough surface that bats can grip onto and will help maintain a suitable and safe environment for bats within the roof structure. We also made special bat access hatches out of lead so the bats can still roost in the roof areas.

The ridges and hips were finished with lead rolls which look really lovely with the slates.

At RG Leverett, we have the skills to work on listed buildings and to put special measures in place to preserve bat colonies. If you are looking for a skilled roofing contractor, you can contact us on 01603 418818 or drop us an email to