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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”.

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Cembrit BBA certified slates rise to the challenge

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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“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

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

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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

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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

Guiding the way! Wienerberger unveils new Keymer specification guide

A brand new limited edition specification guide has been launched by Keymer, the internationally renowned manufacturer of handmade roof tiles which is now part of the Wienerberger group, that showcases its history and products.

The 76-page guide, which can be ordered free-of-charge is a compilation and celebration of Keymer’s history, products and installation techniques, utilising hand drawn images that call back to the company’s founding in 1588. The images within the guide are the same that featured in the original brochure, which was previously launched to critical acclaim. This re-release of the guide has seen the content updated to be exclusively available to architects and specifiers working on current projects, and can be requested from Wienerberger.

The full range of traditional, handmade tile types currently produced by Keymer is featured in the brochure with photography of the tiles from projects such as Leeds Castle in Kent to Shakespeare’s Birth Place in Stratford upon Avon – clearly illustrating the range as the ideal choice for a wide variety of projects.

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle
Shakespeare's Birthplace
Shakespeare’s Birthplace

The guide also covers fittings, traditional ornaments and finials – the final touch added to roofs with historical precedence. Alongside reference to the heritage service also provided by Keymer, the guide goes in to great detail regarding the installation of its products. From ridges to verges and abutments, the whole installation process is explained pictorially with concise and easy to understand supporting text.

Richard Bishop, Category Marketing Manager for Roof at Wienerberger, commented:

“We’re delighted to be launching the new Keymer guide. Keymer has been making some of the most beautiful handmade tiles for over 420 years and it was very important that we mirrored that heritage and quality in the brochure. This brochure will allow people to see what Keymer can offer to enhance not only restoration projects, but modern build properties also.

“The guide itself is a high quality, full colour document which reflects the traditional nature of the Keymer brand but makes it truly accessible to the modern architect. The new guide is available for a limited time only, and interested parties can order a copy free-of-charge from Wienerberger, and our expert team will be able to support your project through the specification and installation process.”

To request a copy of the Keymer specification guide please email info@keymer.co.uk.

For more information on Wienerberger please visit http://www.wienerberger.co.uk/

Cembrit to invest in natural slate

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Cembrit is pleased to announce the creation of a dedicated natural slates division to offer the UK’s specifiers and slaters greater choice of top end material for prestigious roofing contracts. The philosophy will be to enhance the existing range with additional high quality slates. The new brands will offer reliable, long term availability. This will be supported by dedicated personnel and focused marketing. As a start of the investment and long term commitment to Natural Slate, the group has decided to dedicate a specific person to this product group, Sales Director, Rob Wallace.

Cembrit’s ancestry in the UK begins with Alan Blunn Ltd, one of the UK’s original natural slate agents, set up in 1924, offering customer service and technical expertise to all involved in pitched roofing. Acquired by Cembrit in 2000, the reputation and sales of the combined company has continued to grow, to the extent that Cembrit’s natural slates activities became an attractive proposition for others seeking to enhance their position in the UK market.

Encouraged by this, Cembrit has realized that there is a responsibility as well as huge potential to provide durable, verifiable, high quality natural slates to the British market. The new division will be headed by Rob Wallace, who has 18 years of experience in growing Cembrit’s business from its Welsh depot in Llandow. Cembrit’s growth has been achieved through unbeatable customer service.

“We have seen continued growth in the demand for natural slate, particularly with proven origin and consistent supply,” comments Rob Wallace, Sales Director, Cembrit. “Our stance will be one of honesty and transparency as this is important to clients but not always available in our complex market”.

Marketing Manager Ged Ferris adds “This marks the beginning of a new phase in Cembrit’s commitment to natural slate. Cembrit will be making substantial investments in this environmentally attractive material. Look out for more news as the division takes shape”.

For more information, and to download the fibre cement slate guide, visit www.cembrit.co.uk