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Cupa Pizarras roofing slate for a prestigious development located in a conservation area

Easton Square, an exclusive development of four bespoke, luxury 6-bedroom houses, features CUPA 12 R Excellence roofing slates.  The product was selected for its superior qualities including its adaptability, longevity and polished finish.   

CUPA 12 slate

The exclusive Langton Homes development is set in large private grounds in Great Easton.  Each property features over 5,500 square feet of accommodation and has been tailored towards the individual needs of each occupier.  CUPA 12 slate has been used across all four Easton Square dwellings including the properties’ associated outbuildings and garages. 

CUPA 12 slate

Supplied through Castle Roofing Supplies, CUPA 12 is a dark grey slate with thin laminations and a smooth matt surface. Available in six sizes, it has exceptional consistency of thickness and surface appearance; it is split to an average thickness of 5mm and 6mm.  In addition, the slates conform to the product specification requirements of BS EN 12326-1 and are certified for resistance to freeze or thaw. 

CUPA 12 slate

Commenting on the choice of CUPA 12 slate for Easton Square, Jonathan Arksey, at BRP Architects said: “Our aim was to deliver an uncompromising design to reflect the natural beauty of the homes’ surroundings, with excellent quality of build, intricate craftsmanship and superior finishes.  CUPA PIZARRAS slate’s timeless appearance not only complements all the external materials that make up the dwellings, but is also in harmony with roofing used throughout the neighbouring Conservation Area of Great Easton”.

CUPA 12 slate

Robert Cannon from roofing installers R and N Roofing, said: “CUPA 12 slate is a heavy and durable material which is not only straightforward to work with, but also allows for the extensive coverage required to reach the desired quality of finish.  Also, due to the dwellings’ pitched roofs it is important that the materials can adapt to the demands of varying gradient levels, which CUPA 12 slate does perfectly”.

For more information on Cupa Pizarras, please visit www.cupapizarras.com/uk.

Redland Craftsman Albury crowns eco-home with period twist

As experienced self-builders Richard and Jo Collings had high standards for their final project – a four-bedroomed energy efficient house in rural Warwickshire – so they chose the Albury tile from the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range developed by Redland, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems.

clay roof tiles

“We’re in a conservation area, so we had to be careful what we chose, and we really liked the look of these tiles. We’ve had a lot of compliments and the planners were happy as they stipulated that it should be ‘of a pleasing design’ and “not jar”, says Mrs Collings.

The planners at Stratford District Council were concerned not simply because the house was in a conservation area, but also because it would be next to a historic church, parts of which date back to Norman times.

“We reckoned it would take two years in all, a year to get planning and a year to build”, says Mrs Collings. “And we were right overall but it took 14 months to get the planning permission”. The new home replaces a 1960s bungalow and its roof now complements that of the recently re-roofed church.

Mr and Mrs Collings are experienced in running construction projects, having previously built their own factory unit and refurbished a historic cottage, and so designed the house themselves, using a local surveyor, Paul Upfield, to draw up the plans to gain planning permission. Among the eco-friendly features are a heat recovery system in the roof that extracts heat from outgoing air to heat incoming fresh air and a ground source heat pump that draws heat from 85 metres below ground. “It’s been very satisfying and we’ve had a great sense of achievement but we won’t be doing this again. They’ll take us out in a box”, Mrs Collings jokes.

The Albury tile is one of three tiles in the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range and, in common with the Hawkhurst tile, has a fine orange-red sanding over the surface and random black patterning to recreate a weathered look. The latest addition to the range, Victorian, has a darker and grittier texture to give roofs a greater depth of texture and character. All three tiles are versatile and can be laid on a variety of roof configurations, as there is a full range of compatible fittings and accessories.

clay roof tiles

Combining the look and feel of an aged handmade tile with 21st century performance, the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range has textured surfaces, irregular distortions to the front edge and varying hanging lengths.

Although the Rosemary Clay Craftsman looks like a reclaimed tile, it meets all the requirements ofBS5534: 2014 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling – providing Redland fixing recommendations are followed. Redland engineers have subjected the tile to driving winds and high rains in the Group’s wind tunnel in a set of rigorous tests to ensure that it meets or exceeds current standards. Visit www.redland.co.uk/craftsman for more details.



Redland boosts tile manufacture with multimillion-pound investment

DuoPlainRedland – the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems – has announced that it is to build a new manufacturing line for its plain-tile appearance product, DuoPlain, and large-format concrete tiles and slates. The multimillion-pound investment will help secure supply of these products into a UK market that is currently experiencing huge demand and extensive lead times.

The new line, which will come on stream later this year, will be located at the company’s Shawell plant, its most centrally located facility. Work on the installation is underway, and a number of new skilled jobs will be created when production commences.

Commenting on the announcement, Georg Harrasser, CEO of the Braas Monier Building Group, Redland’s parent, said: “This is a significant investment at an important time in the UK housebuilding industry. The new line gives us not only increased capacity, but also increased flexibility, improving our ability to meet the growing UK market demands for specific roof tile formats. This flexibility will be welcomed by the market as a whole, which is experiencing long lead times for these high-growth products”.

Andy Dennis, Country Manager UK & Ireland, added: “The drive to build more homes, fueled by Government targets and a generally buoyant housing market, has put enormous pressure on manufacturers like ourselves. The UK’s ability to build more homes is restricted by the availability of roof tiles and other construction materials. Demand currently outstrips supply, especially for large-format and plain-appearance tiles, which housebuilders have been increasingly adopting as their preferred formats”.

He continues: “The new line at Shawell demonstrates not only a commitment to our customers and the industry, but also shows the confidence that the Braas Monier Building Group has in Redland. We will, as a result of this investment, be better placed to meet the challenges faced by the UK housebuilding industry”.


Cembrit BBA certified slates rise to the challenge

Roof Slates

The flexibility, aesthetically pleasing and easy to install attributes of Cembrit Jutland fibre cement slates have been illustrated on a newly built apartment block in Poole, as the slates have provided a stunning finish to what was a challenging roof.

Inverclyde House is a newly built three storey development that consists of 18 two and three bedroom flats. Located on the south coast of England in Poole, the apartments are central to schools, hospitals and the town centre.

Bournemouth-based contractor, AST Roofing installed 7,000 600x300mm blue/black Cembrit Jutland fibre cement slates, covering approximately 450m2. The roof on this project was interesting, yet challenging for the contractor, as it included a number of pitches and a turret. This unique roof demanded a high quality roofing product that would be easy to handle, install and wouldn’t require any sorting or grading.

“The roof design posed a major challenge, but we were confident that our choice in product would allow us to deliver the desired result,” says Paul Stevens, Managing Director of AST Roofing. “We had to take great care in achieving a neat mitred hip detail, and Cembrit Jutland slates allowed us to do so. The consistency in quality with these slates was impressive. Not only does it mean that the product is easy to work with, but it provides a smooth finish that can’t be achieved with other roofing materials.”

Jutland slates feature a smooth surface and are pre-holed, square edged and lightweight. They do not need to be graded and sorted like natural slates. These qualities combine to make them easy to handle and install and an ideal solution for a fast-track construction environment. Jutland slates are available in Graphite, Blue/Black, Russet and Autumn Brown colours.

Jutland slates are manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high-performance binder to the back face. The slates are manufactured in accordance with a quality assurance system to ISO 9001 and to the requirements of BS EN 492:2012 product specification for fibre cement slates and their fittings. Jutland slates have been awarded the BBA Certificate No. 03/4041.

Cembrit A/A+- rated fibre cement slates can contribute to achieving an environmentally outstanding building. The five variations (Jutland, Zeeland, Westerland, Moorland and Diamond) allow designers to achieve the highest ratings for roof specifications and are currently the only fibre cement slate certificated.


Redland courts success with Cambrian Slate

When the team at Forster Roofing first realised that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s building in Glasgow was the ideal showcase for its integrated roofing and solar service, they also realised that Redland’s lightweight Cambrian Slates were perfect for the project.

The commission to install solar panels on a sensitive, fully operational building in central Glasgow was a tall order in itself but an inspection of the existing slate-composite roof showed that it had less than 10 years life left. So, rather than just install solar panels, the project was expanded to incorporate the renewal of the entire 1,800m² roof covering.  And, because the roof structure was not designed to withstand the weight of natural slate, the roof was stripped and 25,000 Redland Cambrian Slates were fitted.

Steve Scott, Managing Director of Forster Roofing Services, says that the Cambrian Slate – in Slate Grey – matched the previous roof colour, complemented the existing roofscape and was also easy to fix, with confidence that it would not fail over its lifespan.

“The existing roof covering was failing and the client was looking for a robust replacement,” he says. “Redland’s Cambrian Slate fitted the remit perfectly, providing a very secure covering whilst enhancing the slate appearance of the roof. The Cambrian’s sleek finish aligned perfectly with the integrated solar PV on the roof.”

The company also installed a total of 96 270Wp panels across the two most suitable roof slopes. Now, the clean, self-generated solar energy is providing power to the offices and helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

Made from over 60% recycled Welsh slate, Cambrian captures all the beauty and character of natural slate and provides outstanding aesthetics, performance and installed-cost benefits.

Redland Cambrian Slates are designed with a unique three-point fixing, making them secure on even the most exposed sites. Manufactured to be lightweight with a thin leading edge and surface patterning taken from impressions of real natural slates, and proven on pitches as low as 15°, Redland Cambrian Slates are suitable for a wide range of projects. When installed with recommended fixings under the Redland SpecMaster service, the whole roof is backed by a 15-Year weathertightness, durability and design liability guarantee.

Three colours are available: Heather, Langdale Green and Slate Grey – with Slate Grey also being available in a pre-weathered finish. Find out more about Cambrian and order a free sample at www.redland.co.uk/cambrian

Cembrit BBA certified slates provide attractive finish to new housing development


The oldest street in Coventry features a newly built housing development that remains in keeping with the area’s historic background, thanks to the installation of Cembrit’s Jutland fibre cement slates.

Far Gosford Street is the setting of many historic stories, from the banishment of Henry IV that lead to the Wars of the Roses in 1398 to the vivid stories of the night of the November blitz in 1940. Now, it features a new gated community, comprising 30 three and four bedroom mews style houses.  Kilby Mews forms part of a wider multi million pound private and public sector regeneration project to develop Far Gosford Street.  The development is in close proximity to Fargo Village, an area renowned for its creative artist spaces, independent retailers and live venue, and is within walking distance to Coventry University, ranked as the top modern university in the UK.  

Coventry–based building and development company, Harrabin Construction Limited worked with roofing specialist, Russell Roofing Ltd on this project.   Specified for its high-quality smooth finish, the slates allowed the contractor to complete the project in a timely fashion, due to the material not needing to be graded and sorted. Approximately 7,000 graphite slates were installed in total. 

“We have worked with Cembrit many times in the past, and were pleased that one of its fibre cement slate products were specified for this project, as we knew they would deliver on the client’s brief,” says Frazer Simpson, Business Development Manager, Russell Roofing Limited. “The project ran smoothly from start to finish, and as predicted, we had no challenges, as the pre-holed slates are extremely easy to handle and install. Far Gosford Street is undergoing an upgrade, and the finish that the Cembrit slates provide sits perfectly within the look that is desired.”

Cembrit was recently presented with a renewed BBA (British Board of Agrément) certificate for its Jutland Slates by Claire Curtis-Thomas, CEO of the BBA at the RCI show 2016. This certification demonstrates that the slates can be specified with total confidence for efficient and long term use.

Jutland slates feature a smooth surface and are pre-holed, square edged and lightweight. They do not need to be graded and sorted like natural slates. These qualities combine to make them easy to handle and install and an ideal solution for a fast-track construction environment. Jutland slates are available in Graphite, Blue/Black, Russet and Autumn Brown colours.

Jutland slates are manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face. The slates are manufactured in accordance with a quality assurance system to ISO 9001 and to the requirements of BS EN 492: 2004 product specification for fibre cement slates and their fittings.

Cembrit A/A+- rated fibre cement slates can contribute to achieving an environmentally outstanding building. The five variations (Jutland, Zeeland, Westerland, Moorland and Diamond) allow designers to achieve the highest ratings for roof specifications and are currently the only fibre cement slate certificated.

For more information, and to download the fibre cement slate guide, visit www.cembrit.co.uk  Follow us on Twitter at @CembritUK and Facebook at Cembrit UK.

Using Cembrit Alpina natural roof slates is a breeze on the Devon coast


Cembrit’s Alpina natural slates have been used to great effect in the redevelopment of an award-winning holiday park in North Devon. The aesthetically pleasing material harmonises seamlessly with the coastal surroundings.

Located on the coast of North Devon, Woolacombe Bay Holiday Village is a seaside resort which lies at the mouth of a valley in the parish of Mortehoe. Voted as Britain’s Best Holiday Park in 2015, the development is a popular destination for family holidays. A recent construction project saw £4m redevelopment and extension of the resort’s entertainment complex. This included a brand new roof with the Cembrit Alpina slates providing an impressive, stylish roof covering.

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Village welcomes thousands of visitors every year, many attracted by its close proximity to the Tarka Trail and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. The old entertainment complex was a listed, low rise (single storey) deep plan, flat roof, brick building constructed in the 1970s.  Designed by Peregrine Mears Architects, the project presented an interesting design challenge – how to create a large building that is a suitable extension to a listed building. This called for a sensitive, imaginative design approach. In order to break up the mass of the building and at the same time, reflect something of the form of the original structure, a series of pitched roofs was created, with the form being influenced by the beach huts on nearby Woolacombe Beach.

Cembrit’s Alpina natural slates have been chosen due to their attractive appearance and long-lasting benefits. Barnstaple-based Roofing Contractor, DJT Roofing, specified and installed approximately 35,000 Grey/Green Cembrit Alpina natural slates on the multi-pitched roof. The company used the hook fixing method to secure the slates and lock them together tightly to achieve a neat finish.

“Being close to the coastline, resistance to wind lift was a major performance criterion for this substantial project,” comments Darren Todd, Owner, DJT Roofing. “Cembrit Alpina natural slates can withstand the most severe weather conditions and are unaffected by sunlight making them the perfect product for this type of coastal development. The design was also complicated and the Alpina slates were a joy to install, despite the challenges posed by the many pitches of the roof. The finished roof is also attractive and blends into the surroundings perfectly.”

Alpina is a Brazilian natural slate, selected from the finest deposits and produced at some of the best facilities in Papagaios, Brazil. It is available in two colours, graphite and grey green and in a variety of sizes. With its flat surface and pleasing shade variations, Alpina slate can be relied upon to create an attractive, high-performance roof.

Alpina slate is a tough natural material which has been tested to ensure it meets the current national standard, BS EN 12326-1:2004. Alpina slate has virtually no unstable minerals such as pyrites, graphite, carbon and un-oxidised irons and will withstand the most severe weather conditions: they are unaffected by sunlight, ultraviolet light and even acid rain. Laid correctly Alpina slate will last the lifetime of a building and are ideal for use on any type of project.

For further information on Cembrit, visit: www.cembrit.co.uk, email:sales@cembrit.co.uk or call +44 (0)20 8301 8900. 

Spanish natural slates fit the supermarket bill


The attractive, durable and easy to handle properties of Cembrit Duquesa natural slates have meant that a large roofing project, spanning 3,200m2, could be completed in just 14 weeks.

Following approval from East Herts Council, a disused estate has been regenerated to include a multi-million pound supermarket and maltings. The site is now home to a large ASDA store, which has brought more than 100 jobs to the local community in Ware, Hertfordshire.

Bracknell Roofing was appointed as the roofing contractor for this project by the main contractor, Mace Group.  Working closely together, the two companies specified suitable roofing materials to meet the major criterion for this project – achieving a balance between cost and quality aesthetics. Due to its attractive appearance, and cost effective benefits, Cembrit Duquesa natural slates were specified.

Approximately 40,000 500x250mm grey Duquesa slates were installed by Bracknell Roofing. The natural slates provide a striking design on the new 2000m2 mansard roof, and the existing 800m2 building, which now serves as the back of house for the main store.


“Due to the tight deadline for this project, we needed to work with a product that we are familiar with, and have confidence in,” says Peter Edwards, National Project Manager, Bracknell Roofing.

“Cembrit Duquesa slates deliver on all aspects, as they are a cost effective natural material, provide the finish that the client requires, and are easy to cut and install, which helps us when trying to complete a project quickly and effectively.”

Cembrit has a reputation for sourcing Spanish slates, and can be relied on to supply the best value and most appropriate slates for all project types. Duquesa is a high quality natural slate from Cembrit which is produced by some of the finest quarries in Spain. Regarded as one of the best Spanish natural slate brands available in the UK, it is a tough material with a smooth texture that will provide an attractive and long lasting roof covering for a wide variety of projects.


Duquesa is available in a variety of sizes to suit individual requirements.  It has a smooth, even texture, which, as well creating an attractive appearance, also aids the preservation of the finish.

The hard surface also ensures the slate can withstand the most severe weather conditions and remain unaffected by sunlight, ultraviolet light and even acid rain.  When laid correctly, Duquesa will last the lifetime of a building and is ideal for use on any major project including supermarkets, schools, city offices and prestige homes.

Duquesa slate is a tough natural material which has been tested to ensure it meets the current national standard, BS EN 12326-1:2004.  This requires detailed and regular testing of the output from every source marketed within the EU.  Cembrit ensures all its slates meet the relevant regulations, as it gives specifier’s the peace-of-mind that any product coming from Cembrit is up to standard.

For more information,  visit www.cembrit.co.uk  Follow us on Twitter at @CembritUK and Facebook at Cembrit UK.

Universal appeal for clay


To satisfy demand for angular ridge and hip tiles made in clay, Redland has developed the Clay Universal Angle Ridge and Hip Tiles.

These new ridges and hips are the clay equivalent of the ever-popular Universal Angle Ridge and Hip tiles manufactured from concrete. The clay tiles are suited for use with all types of natural and fibre cement slates as well as our own Cambrian Slates or Rosemary Clay Classic plain tiles in Red.

Although Redland already offers Rosemary clay ridge and hip tiles, these are round in profile. Where angular ridges were required, concrete had to be used, which was sometimes unacceptable for planning or aesthetic reasons.

The new ridge and hip tiles can be used with all Redland dry fix ridge and hip systems, including DryVent Ridge, Rapid Vented Ridge, Dry Hip, Rapid Hip and Uni-Vent Rapid Ridge/Hip. They can also be mortar bedded utilising the new Redland Mortar Bedded Fixing Kit (purchased separately).

Produced in both Black and Red, the Clay Universal Angle Ridge and Hip Tiles are ideal for both the new build and renovation sectors across the country but are expected to be particularly popular in the private renovation sector where similar tiles are in need of replacement.

The colour of the Black ridge and hip tile is achieved by the application of black engobe over the top surface and ends of the tile. Engobe is a ceramic material applied prior to firing. The high clay content of the engobe ensures that when the tile is fired, the tile and engobe fuse together becoming one, such that the engobe will last as long as the tile itself.

The Black tiles also have manganese added to the clay to darken the body. This ensures a dark appearance is maintained if the tiles are cut.

The tiles are produced from the finest clays at a factory utilising the highest standards in clay processing technology.  This results in products that are strong, smooth and geometrically accurate for a consistent look.

Further information can be found on the Redland website at redland.co.uk/clayangleridge

Redland adds Rapid Roof Vent Tile for Slate 10


Redland is adding to its range with a new Rapid Roof Vent Tile designed to be used alongside the iconic Redland Slate 10 tile range.

With rising demand in the new-build and reroofing markets, the Rapid Roof Vent Tile for Slate 10 will assist contractors in providing mechanical, soil or roof space ventilation to comply with BS 5250:2011, reducing the risk of harmful condensation in the roof.

Designed to look like a standard roof tile, the Rapid Roof Vent Tile comes with an Underlay Seal for improved fit and controlled ventilation.

The Rapid Roof Vent Tile has been meticulously tested in a wind tunnel, ensuring it provides superior weather performance, making it suitable for use in all UK exposure zones. The vents have an impressive pitch range of between 17.5° and 60°, which guarantees their versatility in all roofing situations and conditions.

Available in four colours, Grey, Terracotta, Black and Brown, the vent is compatible with the full Slate 10 range including the Landmark 10 Slate, Saxon 10 Slate, Richmond 10 Slate and MockBond Richmond 10 Slate tile ranges.

In stock from April 2016, the vent is supplied in single packs allowing perfect ventilation for any roof containing Slate 10 tiles.

Further information can be found in the vents section of the Redland website at www.redland.co.uk/RapidRoofVents