Sheffield's construction sector has been given a major boost with the opening of a specialist roofing supercentre.

Burton Roofing Merchants - the independent supplier of roofing materials - has opened a £1.5m supply and resource centre on a three acre site on Parkway Avenue.

The new centre will give builders and DIY enthusiasts access to a 31,000 strong product range, plus a bank of expertise and information.

"The construction industry in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire is extremely buoyant at the moment, but firms have been hampered by a lack of resources in terms of genuine know how and access to the latest products," said Peter Burton, managing director of Burton Roofing Merchants.

"This new centre will fill that gap. We build our business around highly skilled and experienced people. We are helpful and friendly and will provide customers with the materials and practical support to help them get the job done."

The new centre has created 10 jobs and is the 11th facility to be opened by Burton Roofing in the UK.

The company has had a record year with turnover exceeding £50m and it intends to build on its success by expanding its number of retail sites across the country.