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Our Short (But Very Proud) History to Date

  • 2006 The Federation was formed

    With 17 contractor members and 5 Associate Members

  • 2007 Instigated a mandatory on-site annual vetting programme

    A condition of membership to establish and maintain quality standards in traditional metal roofing

    Instigated hard metal training course at basic and intermediate levels

    Produced the first FTMRC Directory of members circulated free to 20,000 architects and specifiers, containing members details, technical information, articles and photographs

  • 2008 First edition of the Guide to Good Practice

    Seventy-eight pages of technical information, drawings, tables and diagrams represented the first multi-metal guide on roof design and installation

  • 2009

    Introduced annual technical seminars for members and associates for the Continuing Professional Development of those engaged in the sector

  • 2011 Began offering an extended warranty

    Manufacturing Associates began offering an extended warranty for their product if it was installed by an FTMRC member

    Supported by CITB funding, began establishing the country’s first comprehensive hard metals roof training facility, at the LSA in East Peckham (Kent)

  • 2012 Second edition of the Guide to Good Practice

    This version extended to 96 pages and now included more than 100 tables, diagrams and photos of our members work

  • 2013 Heritage / Traditional Roofing – Hard Metals CSCS Card

    Worked with CSCS to create the Heritage / Traditional Roofing – Hard Metals CSCS card (more than 200 applications processed over the following 12 months)

  • 2014 Targeted Metal Roof Training

    Set up and conducted an intense national research programme "Targeted Metal Roof Training" supported by CITB funding, to investigate and identify skills and knowledge gaps and available training in traditional metal roofing

    Designed and delivered pilot training programme "Site Supervision and Management in Traditional Metal Roofing"

  • 2015

    Members' 10-year insurance-backed warranty was launched

    Initial discussions began with BSI about the codes of practice for traditional metal roofing

    Second CITB- backed "Targeted Metal Roof Training" research programme instigated

    Pilot programme launched for solder training; Site Supervision and Management courses delivered in London, Manchester, Leicester and Glasgow

  • 2016

    Members voted to make attendance at supervisor courses a mandatory requirement for membership

    The Basic Competency Programme (Stage 1) launched to provide induction training for 450 installers over 3 years

    The Basic Competency Programme (Stage 2) launched to formally assess 225 individual installers over 18 months with the objective of helping 125 achieve a nationally-recognised qualification

    Technical Advisory Service extended to include on site investigation and report facility

  • 2017

    Internal on-site assessment team developed to provide NVQ opportunities for contractors

    CITB funding support received to develop external assessor capabilities and deliver 100 NVQ qualifications

    The third edition of the Guide to Good Practice was drafted for publication in 2018

    Talks initiated with BSI to have GTGP Edition 3 adopted as a Code of Practice for traditional metal roofing

  • 2018

    The third edition of the Guide to Good Practice is published, containing over 120 pages of technical information and more than 150 illustrations, plus tables, charts and full colour photographs

    Membership numbers now reach 80 contractors, supported by 19 Associate Members

    New web site launched

  • 2019

    Hard Metals Charity Golf Match, engaging 250 industry representatives.

    Members and Associates Technical Seminar at Heathrow, with 160 delegates attending presentations and the latest technical information on techniques and products.

    Supervisors and Managers Course, incorporating technical instruction and exam for fully supported traditional metal roofing. A must and invaluable experience for supervisors and managers engaged in metal roofing contracting.

  • 2020

    The FTMRC UK Guide to Good Practice is referenced in NHBC Standards.

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    Four new Hard Metals Awards introduced for high standards of achievement in design, installation and technical difficulty.

    Early adopter of technology to create and present awards virtually during pandemic situation with support from dedicated Associate Members.

    Appointment of FTMRC Ambassador, Ian Harvey, FTMRC Chief Technical Officer, recognised for lifetime achievement. The FTMRC Chairman, Christopher Salmon thanked Ian for all his endeavours and selfless support of the Federation. This was through outstanding efforts of time, service, commitment and dedication.

  • 2021 Watch this space!