2023 Shortlist

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116 Warwick Park
Crown Leadworks with Fatra - Single Ply membrane and PLX Greencoat

We were fortunate to be asked to be part of this fantastic, high-end renovation with a modern twist. The Architect had a clear vision alongside the client of how they wanted the project to finish to the exact RAL colour. A horseshoe style lay out , we installed a fully adhered Fatra FF807 Anthracite single ply system to the base layer , perimeter upstands , rooflight upstands and custom formed metal sheet gutters to weather the near 200 metre squared flat roof area. We were asked to join the nicholson balustrade points to the opposite end of the roof where eventually the client will have a composite decking area fitted with glass balustrades accessed via a spiral staircase which given the views will be a stunning addition. We then cladded the sloping roof area in Greencoat PLX Nordic Black finish with a combination of standing seam and flat-lock seam finishes. The standing seams were designed to follow the profile of the deep fascias so when looking from the ground to gave the appearance of one long seam running up the roof from the fascia. We were asked by the architect to incorporate a flat-lock welt detailing to the flat roof area side for a completely different visual aspect. This was achievable due to a much higher pitch than the rear elevation. The varied changes in pitches in a small area was challenging but aesthetically rewarding upon completion. To complete we installed the Guttercrest coping system to the perimeter parapets as per the specification provided. This was to be an exact RAL colour to match in with the render finish.

Rectory Green
J B Roofing with Dibsa Structures & Metrotile

Here we have the first of a scheme of 7 that we have been involved with for a good number of years. Currently being expertly installed by Andy Hollinshead of J B Roofing of Preston for Emanuel Whittaker Ltd and their client Prestwich & North Western Housing Association.

This initial block delivered at the end of November was completed mid January and Andy of JB is now coming to the end of the second and most complex block of them all. With its many differing levels, multiple hips and valleys, this has been quite a challenge for us to draw but happy to report Andy and his team and making it look very easy.

I am particularly looking forward to seeing the photographs and videos of the completed site towards the back end of 2023. It has been such a long time since first looking at the scheme and coming from the North West myself it feels quite personal and we are all very proud to be working on it.

We expect momentum to increase over the coming months once this block is complete, as the others have less challenging details and will therefore be easier.

The roof covering selected by PNWHA is Metrotile strip tile and all of us involved in the project are passionate about the finish expected by our clients. We are all working as a team with the Main Contractor Emanual Whittaker and Currie & Brown in order to bring the project in on time and on budget to only the highest of standards expected by our discerning clients.

V&A Museum
Martins Roofing Contractors with Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM Europe)

As part of a wider programme of upgrade and maintenance works to a Grade I listed museum in London, Martin’s Roofing Ltd refurbished multiple roof areas which were nearing the end of their service life using the Arboflex® PU liquid waterproofing system from Carlisle Construction Materials.

The requirement was for a consistent, high-performance roofing system that could be used across both flat and pitched roof areas, along with gullies and drainage outlets, including seven pitched roofs, totalling 600m2, with a 45 degree pitch. The chosen system had to be suitable for installation without the need for any hot works and suitable for use as an overlay onto the existing asphalt covering.

The Arboflex® PU liquid waterproofing system was chosen as a versatile, high-performance, cold-applied roof covering that was suitable for the seven pitched roofs, as well as the flat roof areas. Carlisle’s Arboflex® PU range includes a thickener specifically designed to increase the viscosity of the liquid waterproofing system, such that it can be used as an effective roof covering for pitched roof areas. After adding thickener to the Arboflex® PU liquid and leaving it to stand for an hour, Martins Roofing applied the systems as an overlay to the pitched areas, where it cured on contact, rather than running off. Carlisle’s Arboflex® PU U/V protection top coat was applied to the cured liquid waterproofing, delivering a BBA-accredited 20-year service life.

The project is an excellent example of how correct specification of a liquid roofing system can be leveraged to enable consistency and performance across a complex roof with flat, pitched and heavily detailed areas.

Alexander Centre
Stormforce Roofing with Cupa Pizarras

The restoration and roofing works at the Alexander Centre marks a significant milestone in our portfolio, exemplifying the exceptional nature of this project. Throughout the endeavor, the combination of reclaimed slates, intricate lead works, and unwavering patience has been a testament to our commitment to preserving historical authenticity and achieving an aesthetically authentic roof approved by both the heritage department and South Hams District Council. The challenges posed by access difficulties and the need to keep the Education Centre operational were met with thoughtful solutions and meticulous planning. Phasing the works strategically allowed us to maintain normal library operations, ensuring the community continued to benefit from this cultural and educational resource. Our dedicated team demonstrated a remarkable level of expertise and understanding throughout the construction process. By adhering to safety protocols and exercising patience, we successfully minimized disruptions to the working environment, ensuring a harmonious coexistence between the restoration project and the daily activities of the Alexander Centre. The final assessment from the client speaks volumes about their satisfaction with the achieved results. The carefully restored roof with its authentic character has garnered approval from relevant authorities and serves as a true embodiment of our commitment to excellence and adherence to high-quality standards. As we reflect on this unique and fulfilling experience, we are reminded of the remarkable power of collaboration, craftsmanship, and perseverance. The successful completion of this project stands as a living legacy that honours the building's heritage and enriches the community for generations to come. The Alexander Centre now stands as a shining example of how dedication, skill, and cooperation can create a lasting impact, celebrating our architectural heritage and bringing joy to all who experience its timeless beauty.

All Saints Church
Fildes Roofing with Dreadnought Tiles

All Saints Church, Fleet in Hampshire is a Grade II* listed building, built in the 1860’s by the renowned Victorian architect William Burges, a notable figure in the Gothic Revival movement.

In June 2015, the church suffered a devastating arson attack which destroyed the entire roof and most of its ornate interior, causing £4.5m of damage.

Architects Acanthus Clews’ restoration and reconstruction of this virtual ruin was faithful to the Burges’ original design whilst incorporating modernising features to make it a community church for the 21st century.

Its distinctive high steeple and 54o pitched roof, towering over the village, was reconstructed using 44,000 smooth brown brindle machine-made clay plain tiles and handmade ornamental cock’s comb ridges manufactured by Dreadnought Tiles.

The architect was keen to achieve as a close a match as possible to the original rooftiles. Dreadnought’s tiles had the single cambered shape of traditional Victorian plain tiles and, as the only UK manufacturer to produce natural clay colours the age-old way without artificial pigments but solely through the kiln firing process, its brown brindle tiles also had a subtle colour variation closest to those tiles used in the 19th century.

The steepness of the roof pitch was very challenging for roofing contractors Fildes Roofing contractors and main contractors Buxton Building. They required a roadside hoist to lift materials to a loading bay from which they were wheelbarrowed 25-30m down the scaffold. At the rear, the tightly curved apse roof required every tile to be skilfully cut to create a smooth curve.

The restrictive narrow access caused by the adjacent cemetery and the logistics of sequencing all the different trades involved were expertly handled, and the return of All Saints Church and roof to its former glory has been greatly praised by the client and local community alike.

Barteliver Farm
Wessex Slate and Tile with Spanish Slate Quarries UK

The existing roof slate and lead details were carefully stripped and removed from site. The roof structural and timber works were then inspected and repaired as necessary. The roof was then felt and batten ensuring that a 200mm gauge and marked with chalk lines to ensure that battens were fixed to ensure the correct gauge was used and the required minimum side lap achieved. All slates to be sorted and graded on the ground prior to going on the scaffold both.

The thicknesses were sorted to a minimum of three thicknesses, thin, medium and thick, with the thicker slates at the eaves etc., General: Fix slating and accessories to make the whole sound and weather tight at earliest opportunity. The side laps for the slate were sorted to ensure that there was a minimum side lap of 125mm. All of the slate had to be holed to the correct gauge on site as the installation progressed. True chalk lines and regular appearance, with neat fit at edges, junctions and features. Vertical Joints were calculated to be no more than 5mm so as not to form tight butt joints.

Darroch House
MAC Roofing & Contracting with SIG

Darroch House (also known as the Darroch Annexe) is a three-storey Grade C Historic Scotland listed building situated in Edinburgh. The building dates from 1900 and has served several purposes over the years, including its original operation as a Secondary School, an Education Centre and serving as an annexe for St. Thomas of Aquin’s and James Gillespie’s High Schools. It was last used during the construction of the new James Gillespie’s High School, serving as temporary decant accommodation.

Although the building had been unoccupied for some time, the decision was taken to fully refurbish and recommission it as an educational establishment following a feasibility study conducted back in 2018. This was mainly due to the projected increase in demand for facilities at James Gillespie’s High School and the need to plan more effectively for the future.

Following an extensive selection process, MAC were ultimately selected to carry out a range of works on this project, including complete re-slating of the pitched roof areas and detailed replacement of the roof leadworks. In addition, the MAC Team completed high performance flat roof waterproofing works on the internal well areas.

The refurbishment of Darroch completed October 2022 and the building was handed over ready for the start of the new Half Term after the October break.

The community at James Gillespie’s High School have provided very positive feedback following the first few months of operation. Young people have enjoyed having additional space – where they once had to sit outside to have lunch because of capacity – they now have a bright, spacious and comfortable well-equipped canteen area for eating and socialising. Staff who were uncertain about working within the older Darroch building are also very appreciative of the refurbished teaching spaces and creation of staff bases for socialising and working.

Manor House
Richard Soan Roofing Services with Wienerberger Keymer and Glendyne

The Manor House is a large, detached dwelling, originally constructed by the Peachy family in the 1600’s and later extended and re-fronted in the 1700’s. It is of stone construction with sash windows set in coved reveals. The roof is a complex layout with many slopes of varying pitches. The original roof coverings varied from Welsh slate, random width, diminishing course Westmorland slate and handmade clay peg tiles with lead and asphalt on the flat roof areas. It carries a Grade II* listing by Historic England and was first listed on 22 February 1955. We undertook the project for RPS Contractors who acted as main contractor for the roof re-covering, external stone repairs and internal refurbishment. The project was overseen by Phillip Acton of Phillips Surveyors who acted on behalf of the client. The majority of the materials were supplied by SIG Roofing Supplies with additional West Morland slate being sourced from reclamation yards. Unfortunately, the existing roof tiles and slates were in poor condition and not suitable for re-use. With the building being listed it was extremely important to maintain the appearance and character of the building. It was therefore decided that Glendyne 20x10 slates would be used on the slated slopes and Keymer handmade clay tiles would replace the existing laminated tiles. The random width diminishing course Westmorland slate was carefully stripped and set aside for re-use but there were a number of damaged and unusable slates. Through our network of suppliers we were able to source a quantity of good matching slate which was then integrated with the salvaged slate and graded into height order ready to be re-laid. The roofing works were circa £200k.

Peckham Rye Railway Station
Richardson Roofing with Wienerberger

The magnificent, but thoughtful restoration of the revered Peckham Rye Station, would not have been possible without the passion and eye for historical detail from Benedict O'Looney Architects. Combining this, with the expertise from the Keymer Heritage Service, in manufacturing the roof tiles to the profile and colour that exactly matched the originals; created a totally unique roof, unlike any other around. And when partnered with the skills of Richardson Roofing, experts in heritage roofing, then the care and attention to detail, paired with the knowledge and inspiration of all parties; it has truly created a project, that all are rightfully proud of.

Sackville House
Clarke Roofing Southern with Horsham Stone and Keymer Tiles

Sackville House lies on the south side of the High Street in the busting town of East Grinstead in the county of West Sussex. The grade II listed house dates from circa 1520, this is a substantial timber-framed house with rooms of wood and lime plaster and the patina of centuries past. When you enter the courtyard you escape the bustle of modern day East Grinstead and find yourself in a large, peaceful garden. It was rescued in 1919 and was bequeathed to The Landmark Trust in 1995. The house being used by the Landmark Trust for holiday lets.

In autumn 2019 one Horsham Stone slate slipped from the roof leaving a hole in the front elevation.

Works commence in January 2021 with provisional contract programme expected to be around fourteen weeks, to repair the chimneys and some wall frame members, renew the roof coverings, redecorate externally and renew and provide additional rainwater drainage. As works progressed it became evident that extensive repairs were needed to enable the roof coverings to be renewed. As a result of the of these findings, the works became complete re-roof using natural salvaged Horsham Stone and new handcrafted clay tiles. To include substantial structure timber repairs, upgrading insulation and renewing leadwork and cast rainwater goods. The overall project, including internal and external works, took 65 weeks to complete.

St. Andrews Church Roof
AC Nurden with Breedon Group (Welsh Slate)

All traditional methods were used in keeping with the Historic nature of the project.

AC Nurden’s skilled carpenters hand finished the ends and angles of the Oak rafters prior to marking and cutting the bird’s mouth and seating on the ridge beam. All rafters were carefully attached to the ridge for a consistent, strong and durable structure with a timeless aesthetic.

Upon completion of the framework and all necessary waterproofing, beautifully finished Welsh Slate roof tiles were holed, carefully laid and fixed to batons using nails starting from the bottom edge and working up.

Boxted Hall
ELC Roofing with Associated Lead Mills

Lead roof was the main product used on this project and was installed using traditional fixing methods.

Prince Rock Primary - Ventilation tower
Stormforce Roofing with Roofbase and BLM

The completion of the leadwork installation on the 8-storey ventilation tower in a live school environment stands as a testament to a successful project. Overcoming the unique challenges posed by the complex architecture, height, and live school setting required the expertise and skill set of the leadworkers, diligent project management, and clear communication with the client.

The project's success was demonstrated through adherence to timelines, effective cost management, and client satisfaction. Meticulous planning, accurate cost estimation, and efficient resource allocation ensured the project was completed within the agreed-upon time frame and budget. Transparent communication with the client throughout the process and their final approval indicated their contentment with the project's execution and achievement of their objectives.

The project's uniqueness arose from the intricate leadwork necessary for the ventilation tower, involving precise shaping, fitting, and joint work. The skilled leadworkers applied their expertise to accommodate the tower's architectural complexity while maintaining weatherproofing and aesthetic appeal. Furthermore, working within a live school environment demanded careful coordination to prioritize safety, minimize disruptions, and collaborate closely with the school administration.

Managing the logistics of working at height, including accessing the rooftop, material transportation, and optimizing workspace, further contributed to the project's success. Diligent attention to safety protocols, noise control measures, and minimizing disturbances ensured the well-being of workers, students, and staff members.

In conclusion, the completion of this project exemplified the successful navigation of unique challenges, including intricate leadwork, working within a live school environment, and managing an 8-storey ventilation tower. The project's outcomes reflected the skilled craftsmanship, effective project management, and client-focused approach employed throughout the process, ensuring the project's success and client satisfaction.

Private residence Kensington
Crown Leadworks with Associated Lead Mills

We initially attended site fully equipped to remove the existing lead and dispose of correctly knowing there would be a fair amount of oxide to contend with. Once we had completed the removal we left site to allow the carpenters to rebuild the roof to the architects design to incorporate improved airflow. Upon returning we started with the gutter install. The gutter was narrower than the recommended minimum dimension of 225mm and due to length and depth steps were impossible to achieve. They had to incorporate welded T-prene lead expansion joints which were spaced to allow sufficient movement both either side of the internal corners and outlets but also through the long sections between. These were laid on bitumen lined building paper underlay. There were over-flow pipes additionally installed next to and above the existing outlet positions. The T-prene joints had a clipped cover plate over them to protect form UV damage. Once the gutters were installed we undertook the external ledge where care had been taken to position the wood cored rolls in the exact position of the previous roof lay out. The ledge's bays under and over-cloaks were fully bossed both down into the gutter and over the front edge returning under a fitted continuous stainless steel strip. This allowed installation of the Nicholson airtrak trim to the eave of the main roof , this provided air-flow up to the crown junction at the top of the pitched roof junction. Once all the trim was installed the roof was under-laid and wood roll position as the previous roof lay out was sorted and mechanically fixed. The code 5 / 6 bays were then formed and installed to suit wood roll positioning completing with the hip then the crown of the roof.

The Rise
ELC Roofing with Associated Lead Mills

Lead roof was the main product used on this project and was installed using traditional fixing methods.

Avis Way
Maguire Brothers with Tata Steel

To begin the project, the existing asbestos roof, which was fragile and unsuitable for hosting solar panels, was carefully removed. It was then replaced with new insulated composite Plastisol coated panels. Internally, steel sleeves were custom-made to wrap around the existing concrete purlins, and the panels were securely fixed into these sleeves. Additionally, all necessary lead work and flashings were replaced to ensure a watertight and reliable roofing system.

Once the roofing works were completed, Maguire Brothers proceeded with the installation of a solar system. The solar system was designed to maximise energy output, allowing the client not only to meet their energy consumption needs but also to generate surplus energy. This surplus energy would eventually cover the costs of the entire refurbishment project in a relatively short period of time.

By replacing the old roof with insulated composite panels and integrating a solar system, Maguire Brothers helped the furniture manufacturer in Newhaven achieve their goals of utilizing roof space efficiently, reducing energy costs, and potentially generating revenue through excess energy production.

Chater Junior School
ASHE Roofing with Langley Structures

Chater Junior School has an outstanding OFSTED rating. However, the roof required 'improvement' to the extent it was placed in special measures. Originally built in the 1990s with a low-pitched concrete roof, that has been replaced already with a composite panel which had failed. As a result, classrooms suffered water ingress to the extent that one was unusable, putting the building fabric at risk.

We identified that part of the problem was that the remedial works and retrofitted rooflight details were failing. The situation's urgency meant work had to be undertaken as quickly as possible. The most efficient solution was to use our core flat-to-pitched framing concept to overlay the existing roof covering. This would enable an improved roof covering and upgrades to the thermal insulation, natural light and ventilation. Working closely with Ashe Roofing and Artelia, we designed a bespoke system based on our flat-to-pitch (FTP) offering. The frame was engineered to connect with the existing roof sub-structure, maintaining an 18° pitch. In an extended overlay on the original roof, the frame was topped with lightweight profiled metal tiles, with a 150mm increase in thermal insulation.

Oasis Church
Maguire Brothers with Kingspan

Our objective was to not only create a visually appealing roofing solution but also enhance the thermal performance of the building, all while ensuring it seamlessly blended with the existing tiled architecture and local surroundings.

The decision to incorporate composite roof panels with Terracotta Roof sheets was carefully made based on several factors. Firstly, we aimed to create a roof that harmonised with the existing tiled building, maintaining the architectural integrity of the structure. The Terracotta Roof sheets were selected specifically for their ability to closely mimic traditional terracotta tiles, ensuring a cohesive aesthetic that seamlessly integrated with the surrounding environment. This choice not only added value to the project but also garnered appreciation from the local community.

In addition to the visual aspect, we prioritised the thermal performance of the roofing system. The composite roof panels offered exceptional insulation properties, enhancing energy efficiency and contributing to a comfortable interior environment. By reducing heat transfer, the composite panels effectively minimised heat loss during colder months and heat gain during hotter months. This not only improved the overall sustainability of the building but also positively impacted energy consumption, reducing the reliance on heating and cooling systems.

Through the use of composite roof panels with Terracotta Roof sheets, we achieved an exceptional balance between functionality, energy efficiency, and visual appeal.

Jurston Fields
Western Counties Roofing with Sandtoft

Situated between the fields on the edge of Wellington, Somerset lies Jurston Fields. A heritage site with a mixture of Sandtoft Modular clay, Sandtoft Double Roman Concrete, Marley Acme Plain Tiles and Brazilian Grey-Green natural slate. We were employed with one requirement in mind, high quality workmanship. Our roofer Luke Gregory delivered this, not only completing the slating and tiling but also the outstanding seen across the site. The project was challenging in that, with many main contractors, they required a high volume of roofs to meet demand of sales. Luke was able to keep up with this demand, often covering more than 4 roofs a week consistently without a drop in his outstanding workmanship. This is a flagship site for the developer as well as being known in the Southwest for its unrivalled quality.

Muschamp Primary School
Maguire Brothers with SIG

The pitched roofs underwent a series of steps to prepare and install new roofing materials. Initially, the existing concrete roof tiles, felt, and batten were stripped off, and the waste was disposed of in designated skips on the site.

After the stripping process, a 10mm fascia vent was installed on the fascia board to ensure proper air flow. An eve protection tray was then fixed to provide additional protection to the roof structure. The structure was covered with a breather membrane, followed by the installation of counter battens (25x50mm) and roofing battens using 63mm paslode nails.

Once the elevation was completed with the felt and batten stage, the roof structures were loaded with new roof tiles, and the roof areas were tiled accordingly, including cuts for valleys and hip bonnets. In the final stage of the pitched roof schedule, the dry ridge system was installed, and cement mortar works were carried out on the bonnet tiles. Throughout the process, daily quality inspection reports were conducted by the supervisor and management team overseeing the project to ensure the installation met the required standards.

For the liquid box gutter works, a PU waterproofing system was used over a single-ply substrate, adhering to the guidelines of BS 6229. The first step involved preparing the substrate by using a power washer to remove any dirt or grime.

Once the substrate was dry, a primer was applied to all field areas and upstands. Following this, the first embedment coat was laid on the box gutter and left to cure for a minimum of 24 hours before applying the final top coat.

Pegasus Lichfield Bonds Retirement Complex
The Complete Roofing Company with Sahtas UK

The Pegasus Lichfield Bonds complex was an example of genuine collaboration between the Client - Pegasus, the main contractor - GR8Space Ltd, the roofing contractor - The Complete Roofing Company Ltd and the roof tiles manufacturer - Sahtas UK Ltd.

For almost two years before the commencement of roofing works Sahtas, GR8Space and the project architect, Birmingham based Gould Singleton were in discussions over the choice of tile at a time when other roof tiles were also being considered for the project.

Aesthetics and budget were two principal factors in the choice of the tile as both the pitched roof and the vertical tiling form such a predominant feature of the finished buildings which, whilst of a contemporary design, had to compliment the local architectural vernacular.

Sahtas proposed the Southdown handcrafted tile to provide the required handmade aesthetics and to meet the budget requirements. Sample panels were erected on site and eventually the Southdown tile was chosen. A specific "Multi" blend was required which entailed the roofing contractor mixing single colours on site. Immediately prior to the commencement of tiling works Sahtas established a two square metre reference panel on a section of the pitched roof which the tilers successfully recreated across the whole roofscape and vertical tiling works. Colour blending on site is never an easy discipline but The Complete Roofing Company completed the blending and installation works to an incredible standard.

Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral
NRA Roofing & Flooring Services with Redland

The existing Hardrow slates were in a dilapidated state causing multiple leaks around the hospital. We worked with the client to offer a cost effective alternative that can be installed on a roof under 20°. We opted for the Redland Mini Stonewold. We were tasked to provide a thermal upgrade. As this is a fully functional hospital, the loft space is full of plant & pipework, meant that joist/ceiling level insulation was not an option.

We worked with architects Halliday Meecham to design a suitable insulation option whilst also reducing the risk of interstitial condensation risk. This build was 120mm PIR insulation friction fitted between rafters, TLX Gold insulating breather membrane with counter battens. As it was not possible to install a VCL from the underside (owing to limited access & the aforementioned plant in the roofspace), we had to ventilate the roof void using over 300 Klober 20k roof vents at high & low level.

This was a live hospital, so programming was critical due to nature of the building. Noise, was also a major consideration during the clinics opening hours, as too were deliveries & many day-to-day site activities. We worked closely with Spire Healthcare to deliver a refurbishment that met their day to day requirement, as well as fulfilling the contract in full to the satisfaction of the client.

St Osyth
City & Country with Lifestiles

St Osyth Priory, a place steeped in 1400 years of history, underwent a remarkable transformation. Its legacy traced a fascinating journey, from the days of Saxon Princesses and Abbesses to the legends of the sacred White Hart, and from a Monastic Priory to a grand Abbey, ultimately evolving into a distinguished Country House Estate. It proudly showcased one of the most extensive collections of remaining ecclesiastical buildings in the country, boasting 16 separate Grade I, Grade II*, and Grade II listed structures, along with a significant number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments nestled within the St Osyth Conservation Area.

City & Country, an award-winning heritage developer, had undertaken the task of preserving this extraordinary heritage and breathing new life into the Estate. Their mission was to pave the way for a new era that would benefit generations to come. Within the St Osyth Priory Estate, they meticulously crafted private and exclusive new homes that paid homage to the local North Essex vernacular. These homes, ranging from charming cottages to elegant detached family residences and stylish apartments, had been designed with the utmost care to retain the architectural character of the region. They were a testament to the fusion of history and modernity.

In creating homes to withstand the test of time, the choice of roofing materials had been paramount. Crowning the traditional red brick and weatherboarded walls of these homes were Lifestiles' Woburn Reclamation Mix roof tiles. These tiles seamlessly blended a well-established appearance with contemporary performance, all while maintaining the architectural integrity of the setting. What set them apart was their enduring quality. All of Lifestiles' handmade tiles came with a generous 30-year guarantee, but their craftsmanship ensured they would last far beyond that. The Woburn Reclamation Mix tiles had been the perfect choice to bridge the gap between the estate's storied past and its promising future, embodying a commitment to longevity and heritage.

Willingdon Park Manor
Redwing Roofing with Terreal

Redwing Roofing were the approved Roofing Contractor for the installation of the pitched and flat roof works at Willingdon Manor Care home. Appointed by the main contractor Savista Developments the new care home in Eastbourne was built for Hall mark Care Homes. Terreal Rustique Burgundy sandfaced machine made clay plain tiles were selected for the main pitched roofs with the Terreal Emminence Flame Rouge on the vertical elevations. The tiles for the project were supplied via Chandlers Roofing Supplies. Tiles were fitted to Graded tiling battens and Proctor Roofshield Membrane. Project challenges primarily revolved around safe access to the steeper roof pitches above 55 degrees. For these elevations works were conducted from scaffold but with the additional access use of a fixed lanyard to prevent falls down the completed elevations. Elsewhere on the project main flat roof areas were completed using Siltec bituminous membranes and the balconies and low levels were completed in Westwood PMMA Liquid waterproofing system. The project suffered long delays and sporadic hand over of completed roofs areas by preceding trades which made the sequencing and programming particularly challenging.

Wimbledon Park Primary School
Maguire Brothers with SIG

The pitched roofs were initially stripped of the existing concrete roof tiles & felt & batten exposing the close boarded timber frame, all waste was disposed within the allocated static skips located at multiple locations on the site.

Following the stripping element, the 10mm fascia vent was installed on the fascia board providing adequate air flow to the elevation, an eve protection tray is thereafter installed & fixed providing further eve protection to the roof structure.

The next stage involves covering the structure with the breather membrane allowing the fixing of the counter battens 25x50mm directly thereafter fixing the roofing battens with the use of 63mm paslode nails.

Once the elevation completed with the felt & batten stage, the roof structures were loaded with the new roof tiles & subsequently the roof areas were tiled in with all cuts between valleys & hip bonnets installed during this phase.

The last stage of the pitched roof schedule required the installation of the dry ridge system & the cement mortar works to the bonnet tiles.

The pitched roofing works was subject to daily quality inspection reports both by the supervisor & management team allocated on the project the reports allowed the close monitoring off the quality of installation & any concerns raised immediately.

Clay Hill
ELC Roofing with Lifestiles

The architect chose to use handmade clay plain tiles on this project using traditional construction methods.

Clarke Roofing Southern with Keymer tiles

Crofters is a Domestic Property situated in the countryside lanes of Witley. It site down the side of a bank with tight access into the property. The property has experienced many alterations and extensions and is mainly constructed of traditional materials with solid masonry walls, with some areas timber, with masonry infill.

Works commenced in April 2022 to undertake sympathetic re-roofing of the Pitched roof, Tile hanging, mono pitched slate roofs and renewal of the garage roof.

Consideration was also given to the insulation within the property, chimney condition and the rainwater goods generally.

Keymer tiles were chosen as the tile supplier, and works were undertaken with tiles from the Shire range. The tiles provided a new covering that was in keeping with the property, and helped the residence blend into the local scenery.

Works had to be carried out under the supervision of an ecologist to comply with the bat mitigation license that was in place for the duration of the project.

As works progressed, additional unforeseen works were found, some of which were rectification works from previous contractors within the property.

Lime mortar was used to the perimeters detailing, to maintain the traditional appearance of the property. All new leadwork was also installed to all abutment detailing, and also to the top and sides of the Oriel window to the south facing tile hanging elevation.

The client was extremely happy with the project as it progressed, and as such asked for the additional works to the slate roofs, garage and some additional internal works to be carried out.

Kelly Close
Stormforce Roofing with BMI Redland

Originally owned by the local council, but now owned and managed by Clarion Housing as social housing, the Kelly Close project comprises of 33 terraced houses built in the mid-to-late 1950s.The Kelly Close project is part of a wider Barne Barton estate £22m regeneration. The Barne Barton estate was originally Britian's largest naval estate and, due to its isolated position, was known locally as the "forgotten island".

Their division into five or six blocks allowed for a block-by-block approach to the project, which included reroofing not just the main roofs, but the porches and sheds also. A couple of areas of degradation had to be considered during installation, including the wearing down of both the bitumen underfelt and the concrete lintel. Alongside flues having been put through, there were a few issues with the existing roof that were comfortably solved during the reroofing process.

Manor House
Attleys Roofing with Sahtas

Interesting project whilst some of the roofs are traditional pitched roofing, although some of the slopes are quite steep with mitred hips, there was also 2no conical/cone roofs and a large turret, both with a lot of detailing, although challenging at times, the end result was worth the hard work and effort. The original roof was stripped off and the main contractor carried out all new timber works to the roof. The roof was kept the same as the original roof except that original roof only had 1no conical/cone roof, an additional conical/cone roof was added to the new roof. The tiles to the conical/cone roofs had to be double cut to both sides to maintain perk lines / bonds of the tiles. The large turret roof had to course perfectly around the turret as it had mitred hips and fishtail soakers. The tiles were manufactured by Sahtas, a mix of two colours, 50% old english and 50% wentworth blend, which were blended on site and mixed when installed.

Shotley House
English Roofing with SIG

We kept the character without losing the integrity of the property. By choosing the terracotta Neo pan tile to blend perfectly with next door, keeping the roofs flowing and restoring its former glory and to harmonise with the area. The client was over the moon with the outcome, as were we.

Virginia Lodge
RM Curran Roofing, Building and Renovations with Sahtas UK

Virginia Lodge is truly a one-off residence with a new roof, installed by RM Curran Roofing, Building and Renovation using a unique blend of handmade plain tiles created by Sahtas specifically for this house and never to be repeated. The work was completed to a specific schedule being mindful of the need to protect the structure and gardens of the property at all times and the safety of the owners who remained in residence. Great care was taken to reduce noise during works and to be mindful of the impact of the extensive works on neighbours and the surrounding area.

All Hallows Church
Geoff Neal (Roofing) with EL Zinc

A change in roof coverings from concrete interlocking tiles to a fully vented standing seam zinc covering at All Hallows Church, Leeds presented a significant challenge.

The existing roof areas offered a mixture of hips, valleys, abutments, and interfaces which can only be described as non-standard.

The initial site inspection was carried out in 2013, and owing to the low pitch angles and interfaces we presented a zinc standing seam roof covering. After several rounds of fundraising and many grants the scheme became viable and in 2022, we were appointed to commence the works.

Before considering how to form the appropriate details for a zinc roof covering, we had to remove all existing coverings and details. Stripping some 8,000 concrete interlocking tiles, battens and low grade chipboard was considerable.

Our first task was to consider how to effectively manage the rainwater from the large roof area whilst maintaining continuous eaves ventilation. Owing to the nature of the building, and angles in certain sections, a standard perimeter gutter was not practical. We needed to design and construct fully integrated gutter systems to the perimeter using exterior grade plywood which was then lined in stainless steel.

Ventilation was crucial to provide a cold void directly below the roof deck and above the proposed insulation layer, this was installed to a depth of 300mm using Pavotextil insulation.

The eaves vent also required an outlet to promote a continuous airflow which was in integrated into the hips and ridge details using stainless steel insect mesh and customised support trays which were eventually covered in natural zinc.

The result is a highly detailed and completely custom roof which provides a high-performance covering to this expansive area, benefitting the church and the work that they do for the wider community in this area of Leeds.

Copper dome - Tidworth
Prestige Metal Roofing with Tecu

The first process in projects like this is in the planning and setting out, we needed to set up a dedicated mini workshop in an onsite container. Paper templates were taken of each segment, as each panel curved in two directions along with adding to each copper panel with the under and over cloaks for the standing seams. After the new copper panels were cut to shape we need to commence the curving process; in which to keep the panels looking the flattest we needed to keep all the work on these to the under and over cloaks. As you can see from the images we used our machinery to stretch and shrink the copper seams to form its shape, this is a timely process with only 3-4 panels being made up and installed each day.

Dundreggan Rewilding Centre
HL Metals with SSAB Greencoat and Metal Solutions

The world’s first rewilding centre has opened in Scotland. The new centre provides a gateway to the UK’s largest rewilding landscape, where golden eagles are breeding again after a long absence. The world’s first rewilding centre has opened in the Scottish Highlands, offering a gateway to the UK’s largest nature recovery site. The Dundreggan Rewilding Centre in Glenmoriston, near Loch Ness, is located on a former deer-stalking estate. Exploited for centuries by sheep, cattle and deer grazing, the 10,000-acre landscape is being nursed back to health by the charity Trees for Life, which bought the site in 2008. Rare native trees have been reintroduced to the land, while a reduction in grazing has encouraged existing fragments of threatened Caledonian Forest – dubbed Scotland’s ‘rainforest’ – to thrive. In 2020, golden eagles bred on the estate for the first time in 40 years. Dundreggan is part of Affric Highlands, the UK’s largest rewilding landscape, which will potentially cover more than 500,000 acres, from the Highlands to Scotland’s west coast. The Rewilding Centre will show visitors how large-scale nature recovery can give people inspiring experiences, create jobs and benefit rural communities. So far, 20 permanent roles have been created at the centre. The centre includes a café, classrooms, a storytelling bothy, and events space, as well as a 40-bedroom accommodation unit. Visitors are greeted by a stunning tree sculpture made of reclaimed metal by the Scottish artist Helen Denerley. Displays in English and Gaelic introduce rewilding and the Gaelic language. The centre was made possible by a £2m crowdfunder by the sustainable bank Triodos. The money was raised in less than 48 hours. More than 400 people invested, only 8 per cent of who were based in Scotland. The speed at which the funds were raised shows how passionate people are about the centre.

Stables Yard
SH Roofing with VM Zinc

S.H. Roofing really enjoyed working alongside a brilliant, helpful main contractor and an architect that knew what they wanted. It wasn’t the easiest of projects due to the angles of the roofs, but our skilled installers set it out perfectly to ensure seams lined up.

Sutton High School
Salmon Solutions with VM Zinc

Standing Seam Zinc Roofing completed on Six individual pod units at Sutton High School, West London. Working diligently on the design and construction with the Architect, Manufacturer and Principal Contractor we was able to deliver a unique and eccentric Roof to a new build that brightens up a plain-looking quad section of the school. Our skilled tradesman delivered once again with laborious attention to detail and showing professionalism when working during term time in a busy school environment.

The Foundry, Shepherds Bush
Salmon Solutions with VM Zinc

19th Century Foundry in West London transformed into office space for the renowned Architects Timothy Hatton. VM Zinc Quartz Standing Seam Roofing Installed to a ventilated timber substrate. Meticulous planning and setting out helped us deliver the finish the client desired with Flush Rooflight Detailing Including Surrounding Channels and a G3 Ridge concept developed to incorporate Standing Seams.

The Old Mill House
ELC Roofing with Metra Non-Ferrous Metals

Copper sheeting was using on this application using traditional fixing methods.

The Thorns
Western Counties Roofing with VM Zinc

Located on the cliffs outside of Teignmouth, South Devon overlooking the sea, the project was tricky from the start. Delivery was challenging due to the narrow steep lane meaning a lot of materials had to come on smaller wagons and be hand-balled off. Andrew Scott manufactured all his Zinc metal sheet on site, which was intricately measured, thoughtfully designed while being expertly crafted into place. With ever changing designs to overcome from the client and problem solving with tough details from the Architects, Andrew spent many hours re-designing, planning, and sculpting the zinc to meet the requirements and quality needed. High praise has come from the Architects and trade magazines as well as the zinc manufacturers which is a testament to Andrew’s dedication to quality and outstanding workmanship.

Burham Village Hall
Maguire Brothers with SIG

The existing slate coverings were removed & following the loft space was insulated to meet building regulations ensuring a minimum of 270mm build up.

The next stage of works was to cover the areas with a breathable membrane & the battens installed thereafter.

We then proceeded to install the trutone slates back on in accordance with the manufactures guidelines & referencing BS 5534.

To ensure the workmanship & the quality of the installation regular reports were documented by the management team & any issues were resolved promptly.

Further to this regular site meetings were held in which the management team & the pitched roofing team were discussions were held in regards to workmanship & the standards required. All meetings were followed by a meeting minutes documenting the fact.

Once the project was near completion a in depth inspection of the works was completed with a defect list produced & subsequently completed.

Camden Town Hall
MAC Roofing & Contracting with Burlington Slate

Camden Town Hall is in the heart of Kings Cross, situated opposite St Pancras Station. The Town Hall was built between 1934 and 1937 and was designed originally as the St Pancras Town Hall by Architect A.J Thomas, a former assistant of Edwin L Lutyens, to provide formal and functional council services as well as a public assembly hall. It has been preserved as a fine example of neoclassical architecture, a popular building style of the time.

In 1996 the building became grade II listed, which means it is of National Importance.

Planning permission was submitted in 2019, for the refurbishment and upgrade of Camden Town Hall, with works to commence in 2021/2022.

The client’s requirements were to keep historic features and integrate modern technologies into the building, to make it more energy efficient and suitable for private businesses to rent office space from the local authority. This would generate income for the local authority, the building as it stood was inefficient and expensive to run, once upgraded and with private rental and Camden Centre sharing this space this would generate a saving over £1 Million on its running costs.

MAC were invited to bid for these works after successfully completing a number of high-profile projects for Lendlease. As a company, we were also able to demonstrate and present recently completed grade II listed building projects where we had carried out a variety of roofing works and, as a result, we were selected to carry out these works in July 2022.

Spire One Penny Lane Clinic
NRA Roofing & Flooring Services with Yates

All existing slates were stripped & sent to a reclamation company.

New Welsh Penrhyn slates installed on new batten & Permavent Apex breather membrane.

Alongside our slaters we deployed our specialist lead workers. Overcoming the challenges of a building this age & bringing it up to modern standards following the LCA guidelines. Increasing lead steps, increasing box valley steps & associated joinery were just some of the challenges we had to face.

We fully restored the period joinery along barge boards & fascia’s. Master stonemasons were brought in to rebuild & refurbish dilapidated chimneys & stonework Being a Victorian listed structure, we worked with building control to offer the best thermal upgrade we can. The solution was to supply and install new loft roll insulation to cold roof areas, to a depth of 270mm and new 70mm thick PIR insulation to the warm roof areas over vaulted ceilings at eaves.

St Luke’s Church
Clarke Roofing Southern with Slates - Penrhyn County and Welsh Bangor Roofing Slates

St Luke’s church is a Neo-Norman Grade II Listed church built by Thomas of Ryde and dates back to 1858-61, built of flint and stone with a Welsh slate roof. The bell cot consists of Bath stone dressings with cobble walling.

The church roof consists of lower slate roofs on the north and south aisles, with the upper slate roofs on the north and south elevation containing five dormer windows on each side. The East elevation (Apse) is a curved roof running into the upper slate roof of the north and south elevation.

The church had been completely re-slated in 1996 using the existing sound slates and approximately 30% new Welsh slates. Unfortunately, the existing slates had continued to deteriorate significantly, so the decision was made to re-slate the Nave, including the dormers, the Apse, North and South Aisles and boiler room and South porch roof.

The most complex part of this project was the curve shape of the Apse roof, forming part of the north and south elevations upper roof. The existing roof had a step in the roof where it meets the nave, which was formed as a verge to weather the Apse junction with soakers and lead flashing. Our carpenters and slaters were tasked in removing the step so that the curved slate roof of the Apse continued across the nave elevations without a step. Once the alterations had been made to the Apse roof the entire church was then completely re-roofed using all new Welsh Slate (heather/blue) from Penrhyn Quarry.

St Saviours Church
Maguire Brothers with Yates Slates

The roofing process involved removing the old slates, felt, and battens, paving the way for the installation of YBS BreatherQuilt felt on the lower Mansard part of the roof, providing thermal value. The loft area above the Mansard section was insulated with loft roll insulation for enhanced energy efficiency. A breather felt membrane was then installed above the Mansard section, followed by treated counter battens and battens to support the new slates, fixed with copper nails for a secure fit.

To ensure effective water management, aluminium soakers were used on all abutments, providing a waterproof barrier. Additionally, lead cover flashings were applied to all abutments to further safeguard against potential water ingress and to maintain the roof's durability.

The thoughtful selection of materials and the meticulous roofing process exemplify the project team's commitment to preserving the church's heritage, ensuring long-lasting performance, and embracing environmental responsibility. The use of high quality Spanish slate not only enhances the building's aesthetics but also reflects the team's dedication to providing a roofing solution that stands as a testament to timeless beauty and sustainable practices.

The Public Rooms Camborne
Mid Cornwall Roofing with Spanish Slate Quarries UK

All of the existing slate was stripped and removed from site. Proctor Roof Shield Felt was fixed over Kingspan insulated panel using Nulok Steel battens fixed at a 308mm gauge and fixed with Stainless steel screws. The 400 x 220 mm Riverstone slates were then fixed with the Nulok steel backing plates and sprung 316 stainless steel spikes to secure the fixing of the Un holed Riverstone slate.

The slates were fixed in a single lap format, providing a 92mm single lap slate fixing. Wind driven rain was prevented from entering the roof void by the use of the Nulok singe lap batten fixing system. The corps weather protection of the roof was provided by the Riverstone Phyllite slate.

Tileyard North
Sewell Group with Glendyne

Architects: Hawkins Brown
Main contractor: Sewell Construction
Roofing Contractor: Ashtree Roofing (Wakefield)

Rutland Mills has been in a state of dereliction for 20 years. During this period, the condition of the nine Grade II Listed buildings has significantly deteriorated, leaving many in a state of disrepair.

The vision for Rutland Mills, soon to be known as Tileyard North, is to create a rich mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster, with a programme that includes artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail; restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space; and; provision for education.

This vision also seeks to deliver a significant offer of new public realm including a new central courtyard and a route through the site to the River Calder and riverside pier. This project aims to become a significant cultural destination for the North of England.

The work being carried out will include:
Surveys and exploration works
Full clean and decontamination of the building, including asbestos removal
Stabilise the structure of the building, carrying out both aesthetic repairs and alterations to the masonry
Install new windows, M&E, drainage and required services
Fit-out the new “central core”
New Roof: Circa 30,000 High quality Canadian Glendyne Natural Slate to match existing

Tors Park
Western Counties Roofing with Gaelic Pizarras

Located on the cliffs overlooking the beach at Lynmouth, the Tors was an extremely complex build due to its location and issues surrounding material delivery and loading out. Keeping the heritage of the previous hotel was paramount where detailed leadwork and intricate slating were specified, complimented by the use of Bauder to the flat roof and balcony areas. The star of the show is clearly the curved tower which is slated using Brazilian grey-greens and 3 bands of diamond cut, Spanish slates with a lead detailed finial to the spire. Each slate had to be carefully cut and a solid fixing was paramount. Cutting the Brazilian slates was a real challenge especially towards the top of the tower where the cuts diminished in width to meet the curve. All credit goes to our roofer, Dan Spearman who delivered outstanding workmanship not only to slating but also to the leadwork. He worked diligently thorough all weathers to deliver an incredible finished product, to the highest of standards.

Ideal Farm
ELC Roofing with Stoneleaf Building Materials

The architect chose to use natural Spanish slates on this project with a traditional fix for installation.

Mosspark House
Ferguson Kellock with Cupa & SSQ

We were successful in tendering for the re-roofing of the client’s turret, we were looking to reuse the existing slate to the turret but once the scaffold was erected and we started to remove the slates we found they were not fit for reuse and had to be couped. I showed photos of previous turrets and roofs of similar finish and I proposed we add the banded coursing in a different colour slate to help the roof stand out. Once we agreed on the slate types and where the banding courses were to be fitted it turned out exactly as how we expected it, much to Mr & Mrs Thompsons approval.

Yorkshire Heritage Roofing with CUPA PIZARRAS

Situated on the prestigious Park Avenue alongside Roundhay Park, Parkstone is a striking Edwardian residence converted into five luxury apartments.

The original re-roofing plan was to reuse the existing tiles. However, this was not feasible, and after seeing the slate roof on a nearby property, Parkstone Management Company decided that slate would be the perfect solution.

Ian McCarthy from Yorkshire Heritage Company presented the management company with five options from CUPA PIZARRAS. Ian wanted a natural slate that would provide a smooth, flat finish and always recommends CUPA PIZARRAS slate over other companies. "When I trained as a roofer, we used CUPA PIZARRAS' products, so it is my go-to company for slate roofing," explains Ian. "The quality is excellent, and there are so many slate options. It's great to be able to go to a customer and say, 'I have exactly what you're looking for.'"

CUPA R12 was chosen as it met the client's high-quality standards and offered a reassuring lifespan of 100 years. Recognised as one of the finest natural slates available, this dark grey slate from CUPA PIZARRAS boasts thin laminations and a smooth matte surface, split to an average thickness of 3.5mm, 5mm, and 6mm. Additionally, CUPA R12 requires minimal maintenance.

The re-roofing project encompassed numerous sections and intricate details, posing a challenge for the slate work. Alongside CUPA R12, the renovation included the installation of new roof windows and clay capped angle ridges to complete the roof. Initially hesitant about Yorkshire Heritage's proposal to introduce striking red clay ridges to contrast the grey slate, the apartment owners unanimously agree that the aesthetic blend is fantastic.

"I have used other Spanish slate before, but the quality is often poor. CUPA R12 Excellence is easy to cut and lay, with minimal breakages or wastage," concludes Ian.

South Church
McLean Roofing with CUPA PIZARRAS

Built in 1872, the Category C Listed church in Monifieth, near Dundee, had been unused since 2014. With a T-shaped floor plan and Victorian Gothic architecture, the large church was bought by joinery and building contractors J&T Empire Ltd. to convert into four luxury apartments. The conversion, designed by Jon Frullani Architect Ltd., sought to utilise existing features including bell tower, Tudor arch styled windows and internal Gothic arches.

As part of the conversion, it was necessary to completely overhaul the existing roof by installing a new membrane and roof slates. When looking for a replacement for the original Welsh slate, sourcing a new batch of second-hand Welsh slates was initially considered. However, it was agreed that it was difficult to guarantee the quality of second-hand slate and so an alternative solution was sought.

Instead, CUPA PIZARRAS Heavy 3 slate was specified, a product widely considered to be ideal for many sensitive heritage projects in Scotland due to its resemblance to traditional Ballachulish slate.

CUPA 3 is a non-carbonated slate formed by tectonic compression with blue-black colouring, a riven surface, non-rusting metallic particles and thin laminations. Available in three thicknesses, Heavy 3 is the thickest at 7.65mm.

A team of five contractors from McLean Roofing installed the roof over a period of two months, fixing the slates to sarking board, as is traditional in Scotland, using copper nails. The process was simple despite the T-shaped church roof’s unusually long length and broad depth of pitch. The trickiest element of the installation was the separate church towers’ steep turret roof, which required a significant number of slate courses. For this section, each of the slates had to be cut by hand at an angle and then head nailed and cheek nailed to the sarking board, to create a neat, sharp finish.

Tamar Street
Bell Group with BMI Redland

Installation of the Cambrian Slate was a straightforward job for the experienced team at Bell Group. With several years of experience working with the specified product, the team adopted a familiar process to access the roof, including the use of scaffolds and a mechanical hoist.

With the project being carried out during the autumn, adverse weather - exacerbated by the buildings' location along the River Tame - made for challenging installation conditions, however, this was overcome by proactively checking local weather forecasts and planning day-to-day activity around anticipated weather conditions, ensuring work could continue to be carried out safely.

‘The Farmhouse’ at Woodhouse Farm for Shropshire Homes
Roofrite (Shropshire) with Permavent

‘Woodhouse Farm’ is a mixed new-build development for Shropshire Homes, providing a wide-range of house types to complement the aesthetics of the local area.

Acting as the gateway to the development, ‘The Farmhouse’ is a domestic refurbishment project of three historic barns, set amid an area of newly developed homes. In order to meet extensive planning considerations, the developers, Shropshire Homes Limited, were instructed to completely renovate ‘The Farmhouse’ barns on the property and ensure that the new roofs maintained their original aesthetic, in keeping with the heritage requirements of the project.

Following a thorough survey of the roofing elevations and having reviewed retrospective design drawings, it was found the roof-pitch was simply too low to accept the specified roof covering: natural slate. Roofrite (Shropshire) Ltd then reached out to Permavent Ltd, who created a bespoke low-pitch specification for the project, ensuring the primary waterproofing (i.e., the slate) could remain specified on the various elevations; therefore, ensuring compliance with planning and heritage guidelines.

Utilising Permavent’s versatile and patented Easy Slate low-pitched roofing system, alongside ‘APEX’ air and vapour permeable roofing underlay, the roofing contractor was able to install new, natural slate roofs on a designed roof pitch of just 21 degrees. The Easy Roof system provides complete protection of the roof structure including roofing battens, fixings and supporting timbers, as unlike more archaic low-pitch applications, Easy Slate does not allow water to enter the batten cavity, therefore extending the life of the roof.

Permavent APEX roofing underlay is an air-open membrane, requiring no additional low or high-level ventilation. Subsequently no modern proprietary ventilators were required on the project, and clay ridge tiles could be installed in a traditional manner. No additional slate ventilators were required, and all these elements contributed to an undisturbed, heritage appearance.

Whites Close
Mid Cornwall Roofing with BMI Redland

Owned and managed by Cornwall Housing - the organisation which manages and maintains homes on behalf of Cornwall Council - the assisted living property at Whites Close is home to many residents. As well as being located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property is also unusual in its shape - two factors which influenced the roofing project undertaken by Mid Cornwall Roofing.

Its location within one of the UK's AONB-designated areas meant the building at Whites Close would require a roof that was sympathetic to its natural slate surroundings and capable of performing well, given the complexities of the roof shape. With eight sides, five of which feature dormers, the old 500m2 octagonal roof was prone to water ingress - a problem which was exacerbated by its unusual angles and the volume of hips and valleys - features which meant that water was able to run into the hip rather than away from it. Additionally, the termination point of the hips and valleys was the same, causing further problems.

Choosing Cambrian Slate enabled these challenges to be overcome. Rather than replace the existing roof like-for-like (which used a Stonewold II tile - no longer in production), the use of Cambrian Slate actually improved the aesthetics of the building, delivering a natural slate appearance, while delivering better performance and a cleaner finish. The problem of water ingress could also be overcome, with the specially engineered Cambrian Mitred Hip tiles allowing for a closed mitre which would enable water to run over the hip rather than under the hip tile. In practice, this meant the new roof could provide reliable protection from the elements, while being more practical to handle and install.

Wyches Vineyard
SDS Roofing services with European Slate Company

After the existing cedar shingle roof had been attacked by woodpeckers, which were making large holes on a daily basis, the owners of an award winning vineyard in Hampshire were faced with re-roofing their property. After much research, the owners were advised that the woodpeckers were not selective as to whether the shingles were old or new! It was explained that the hungry birds were seeking the tiny insects which can be found living in shingles, so if they were to replace the roof like for like, the same problem would occur again. Having initially looked at Westmoreland Green slate from the Lake District, an area the owners of the properties enjoyed visiting, that slate, due to being a thicker natural slate was ruled out due to the weight. After careful consideration the owners selected European Slate’s ESCO17 Spanish, first quality slate. Esco17 is a smooth slate and they loved its appearance, which they felt would enhance the finished look of their stunning property. Not only did it appeal aesthetically to them, with a consistent 4-5mm thickness, it also ticked the box regarding the weight issue. As with all of European Slate’s first quality slates - Esco17 is backed by their 75 year guarantee. Having recently presented the guarantee to the owners they commented that they continue to enjoy the view of the house ‘newly dressed’, as the roof is so much in the eyeline. They are delighted with both the quality of the product and the installation. Everyone at European Slate too, is delighted as the project shows what can be achieved with their slates when fixed with this level of care and detail.

Onduline Building Products

Revolutionising low pitch roofing, ISOLINE® LOW LINE is the only bitumen corrugated under roofing system in the UK, BBA and BRE accredited, to go as low as a 10o pitch for all roof tiles, allowing them to be laid below the manufacturers’ minimum recommended roof pitch with confidence. This underlay technology means roofs can be designed with lower pitches, allowing the ability to use any type of tile or slate to deliver more liveable space.

Permavent Easy Slate

Permavent’s patented Easy Roof system has forged a new way of thinking about low-pitch roof design, by extending the boundaries of traditional slate roofing application.

Permavent Easy Slate system utilises the idea of a side interlock (similar to the design of interlocking tiles) with channels and water bars in the form of a strip that fits under and between each side joint. The units are pre-cut in height in 400, 500 and 600mm options, and can be installed in conjunction with natural or fibre-cement slates.

The slates are then installed in their traditional double lapped pattern, so there is no discernible difference to the appearance of the roof. Crucially, the integral rubber-seals within the Easy Slate units prevent water from creeping sideways, so there is no risk of penetration through the side joints or nail holes. Cleverly, the seals also lift the slate marginally, eliminating the opportunity for capillary action to take effect, preventing moisture from being drawn upwards into the system. This means that water resistance performance is dramatically improved, and slates that previously were restricted by roof pitch and size can now be used at much lower roof pitches.

Permavent are always striving towards efficiency and compliance, and we are pleased to provide product guidance to the roofing industry via independent testing data. Easy Slate has been rigorously tested by the British Research Establishment, achieving pitches as low as 12 degrees with natural slate, and 10 degrees with fibre-cement slates.

35 King Street, Covent Garden
Maguire Brothers with GB Sol

Our team faced a unique challenge as planning restrictions prohibited the installation of traditional solar panels on the building. However, we devised an ingenious solution to enable the generation of renewable energy while preserving the building's historical integrity: the implementation of a cutting-edge solar slate scheme known as PV Slate.

Given the importance of preserving the historical significance of the building, we carefully considered various options that would seamlessly integrate renewable energy generation without compromising the aesthetics or violating planning regulations. Traditional solar panels would have been visually intrusive and disruptive to the building's architectural charm. Therefore, we identified PV Slate as the ideal solution due to its innovative and discreet design, resembling the appearance of traditional slate tiles commonly used in historical buildings.

PV Slate combines the functionality of solar panels with the timeless beauty of slate roofing. Each individual slate tile features an integrated solar cell, allowing the building to harness solar energy while blending seamlessly into the existing roof. This ground-breaking technology enabled us to generate renewable energy without detracting from the building's historical character or raising objections from planning authorities.

By choosing PV Slate for this project, we not only showcased our commitment to sustainability and renewable energy but also demonstrated our ability to find innovative solutions that respect the historical significance of the surrounding environment. The PV Slate system seamlessly integrated into the roof, maintaining the architectural integrity of the building while generating clean, renewable energy to power its operations.

Maguire Brothers with Britmet

The roofs had reached the end of their lifespan, prompting the client to decide on a roof replacement while also incorporating a substantial solar array to meet their business's high energy demands. Understanding that maintaining such a large solar array would necessitate regular roof access, the client sought a tile that could withstand high footfall traffic. This requirement led to the selection of a specialised tile that offered both durability and safety.

The solar array was meticulously designed to seamlessly align with the roof, meeting stringent planning requirements and providing an aesthetically pleasing integration. To achieve this, the project called for custom-made flashings for over 500 solar panels, ensuring a precise fit and enhancing the overall visual appeal of the installation.

In addition to the solar array, the roof's performance was enhanced through the implementation of high-performance gutters. Working within the constraints of the original roof design, the team overcame challenges to ensure efficient water drainage and flow capacity. This improvement addressed previous issues with drainage and contributed to the overall longevity of the roof system.

The roofs had reached the end of their lifespan, prompting the client to decide on a roof replacement while also incorporating a substantial solar array to meet their business's high energy demands. Understanding that maintaining such a large solar array would necessitate regular roof access, the client sought a tile that could withstand high footfall traffic. This requirement led to the selection of a specialised tile that offered both durability and safety.

The solar array was meticulously designed to seamlessly align with the roof, meeting stringent planning requirements and providing an aesthetically pleasing integration. To achieve this, the project called for custom-made flashings for over 500 solar panels, ensuring a precise fit and enhancing the overall visual appeal of the installation.

In addition to the solar array, the roof's performance was enhanced through the implementation of high-performance gutters. Working within the constraints of the original roof design, the team overcame challenges to ensure efficient water drainage and flow capacity. This improvement addressed previous issues with drainage and contributed to the overall longevity of the roof system.

Considering the ongoing drainage concerns and the need to manage water flow effectively, a granular finished tile was proposed. This specific type of tile was selected to assist in slowing down the flow of water, reducing the risk of potential water-related issues and supporting better drainage management.

Throughout the project, careful planning and collaboration between all stakeholders were essential to achieve a successful roof replacement, solar array integration, and improved water management. The client's commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, coupled with a well-executed design and installation process, resulted in a roofing solution that met both functional and aesthetic requirements for the business.

G.R.Regan & Sons with Sandtoft-Wienerberger

Situated on the top of a hill in the beautiful North Downs, Milestones was a project taken on by G.R.Regan Roofing in Summer 2023. The customer originally wanted to renew the felt and batten, but after a site inspection, we saw that the front elevation of the roof was perfectly positioned due South, so a solar array was a no-brainer. The tiles on the property were handmade clay tiles, and whilst stripping the roof, we decided the tiles were still in great condition, so to be more sustainable, we decided to reuse the same tiles, keeping the original look of the property. The tiles that were saved from the addition of the Sandtoft/Weiner burger In Roof solar system, went on to tile two more smaller roofs at local properties and will definitely last for a good few years to come. All the wood from the battens we stripped, were all properly recycled. The generation of renewable energy through the solar panels, the reuse of the tiles and the recycling of the waste materials, makes Milestones a very green and sustainable project.

Regarding the finished look of Milestones, we think that the mix of the original handmade tiles, matched with the futuristic look of the integrated solar panels and the beautiful glass bay window looking over the beautiful Kent countryside creates a stunning finished article. Special mention to Aaron Gee and Sam Hudson, who installed the solar panels.

Tamar Street
Bell Group with BMI Redland

When the roofs of two residential properties, containing 17 individual homes, at Tamar Street were identified as requiring complete renewal, property owners Cornwall Housing, engaged BMI to specify a suitable alternative. With residents the core focus for the housing association, the primary requirement for the new roof would be to provide reliable protection in order to sustain the comfort of residents for years to come. Secondly, due to the buildings' proximity to the River Tamar, aesthetics needed to be considered to ensure the buildings would sit comfortably within their natural slate surroundings and provide a good match to the original natural slate roof covering.

By specifying Cambrian Slate - which is made from 60% recycled Welsh slate and engineered for reliability and installation functionality - Cornwall Housing could ensure the new roof at Tamar Street would meet all expectations.

Whites Close
Mid Cornwall Roofing with BMI Redland

Cambrian has been used multiple times in the past by this contractor, and is their preferred choice when natural slate isn’t a suitable option. As an engineered product which is created with over 60% recycled Welsh slate waste, Cambrian Slate provides the appearance of natural slate alongside the funtionality and reliable performance of an engineered product. The recycled natural of the product and the fact that it is made at a site just over 200 miles away in Wales, combined with the renewable energy from the solar panels installed, improved the sustainability of the project and the site.

Part of Cambrian’s appeal was the strong 15-year whole-roof guarantee on offer, even when combined with a variety of systems developed by other companies.