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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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The Future House

This is how Scadinavian design looks like. This family home is a perfect combination of energy efficiency, sustainability, comfort and design. Developed by Ovaform Arkitekterne, the “future house” combines natural materials to get the highest efficiency.

Cupaclad

The natural slate rainscreen cladding system named CUPACLAD® has an extremely low heat transfer coefficient, and in combination with an insulation layer, means less heat loss overall from the structure.

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CUPACLAD® solutions are lightweight, easy to install and they help to create a modern building appearance. In new constructions and in renovation works, CUPACLAD® slate cladding systems can be adapted to every architectural design.

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rainscreen cladding

The use of highly durable tectonic slate, new fixing systems and rainscreen cladding efficiency make CUPACLAD® a competitive, totally sustainable alternative for cladding any type of facade.

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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. 

Cembrit to showcase natural slate & fibre cement at the RCI Show 2016

*** Stand E4 27th – 28th January 2016, Ricoh Arena, Coventry *** 

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Roofing and cladding specialist, Cembrit will be showcasing its industry-leading range of natural roofing slates and fibre cement cladding at the RCI Show 2016. Visitors to stand E4 will be able to view examples of the products, find out about the latest developments within these product ranges, and discover how they can be best used to deliver outstanding results.

Natural Slate

Natural slate retains its popularity as a roof covering as a result of its aesthetic appeal, beautiful variety and use on many majestic buildings in the UK’s architectural heritage. Contemporary understanding of the ecological impact of building materials has enhanced natural slate’s popularity, as it requires a comparably low energy input for processing relative to other alternatives. The proven durability of the best quality natural slate and the demand for reclaimed product, make natural slate a sustainable go-to product.

Cembrit has created a dedicated natural slates division to offer the UK’s specifiers and slaters greater choice of top end material for prestigious roofing contracts. The brands will offer reliable, long term availability, and will enhance the existing range of high quality slates. This development marks the beginning of a new phase in Cembrit’s commitment to natural slate. Visitors to the show will be able to find out more information about this investment and view the full natural slate range, which includes Glendyne, Duquesa, Contessa, Alpina and Montleon.

Fibre Cement Cladding

Cembrit’s range of fibre cement rainscreen claddings in 60 combinations of colour and surface treatment will be shown including Cembrit’s popular ‘through coloured’ cladding board will also be on display at the show. Manufactured from fibre cement, the boards are suitable for use as an architectural feature for external applications. It is available in 11 pastel colours, with an attractive matt finish and a faint directional grain.  During the production process, Cembrit cladding undergoes a unique impregnation treatment, which effectively protects against water staining and dirt, ensuring that the façade retains its attractive appearance in both dry and wet weather conditions.

Cembrit representatives will explain to visitors how the combination of colour stability, with a class 0 fibre rating to BS 476 part 6 and a class 1 rating to BS 476 part 7, makes its cladding products ideal for overcladding rainscreen applications. The sheets can be used for a range of applications, including rainscreen cladding, weatherboarding, window elements, fascia, balconies and prefabricated facade elements.

For more information on Cembrit products, visit stand E4 at the RCI Show, or visit www.cembrit.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

Moorland is a Healthy Choice for New Care Home

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Cembrit, a specialist in natural and fibre cement slates, has supplied 3000 Moorland fibre cement slates to a new Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough. Eagle Wood, built at a cost of £10 million centre, is owned and managed by PJ Care. Built by Castleoak, a specialist in care home construction and designed by PRC Group, a Surrey-based architect, the project made the shortlist in the annual Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

Castleoak has built over 150 care homes and 3000 apartments in care villages across the country. Eagle Wood is a 105-bed, three-storey neurological care campus with four separate units designed to meet individual resident needs plus assisted living apartments. It includes a therapy centre, with a physiotherapy gym and hydrotherapy pool. The building features five separate self-contained units that each provides a distinct type of care tailored to different aspect of neurological nursing.

The steeply-pitched slate roofs have attractive dormer windows, and the Moorland slates complement the soft-toned brickwork and timber features, to give the centre a gentle, welcoming look. Moorland slate is manufactured with a smooth surface and dressed edge to give the appearance of a natural slate from ground level, whilst retaining all the fixing benefits of man-made slate. Each slate is pre-holed and is a consistent size, weight and thickness, ensuring regularity and simplicity when fixing as they do not need to be graded and sorted as natural slates do. Bracknell Roofing installed the roof and created a high quality and neat looking finish to the new facility.

“Cembrit’s Moorland slates were specified to us for this project for aesthetic reasons”, explains Paul Mannings, Partnerships Director at Castleoak. “The roof is excellent; the product quality is of a high standard, which was helped by the good workmanship. The care home has a dramatic roof line that comes from a high level, in some cases to about 2m above ground. It looks great, but from a practical point of view it was difficult to build and it was difficult to lay the long pitched roof, due to the inability to stand or crawl on slated areas. However due to the product and skill of the installer, the roofing fits nicely with the rest of the building and looks super.”

The Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre was shortlisted in the Best Large Care Home category in the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2013. Each finalist was given £500 to donate to their chosen charity. PJ Care picked Headway Cambridgeshire which provides advice and support for people with brain injuries, as well as their families and carers. The charity holds regular therapy sessions at Eagle Wood for people in the local community who have suffered brain injuries.

Moorland’s are manufactured using Portland cement together with a non-asbestos formulation of blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. Each slate is pigmented during production and fully compressed. The edges are dressed and then the slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the top face and edges, and a clear binder to the back face.

Using skills built up over 80 years, Cembrit offers a wide range of fibre cement slates, corrugated sheets, and cladding and building board panels, as well as natural slates.  Our factories operate Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to EN14001. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are available on all Cembrit manufactured ranges and Cembrit fibre cement slates are listed on the Greenbooklive.com register of environmental products.  All Cembrit manufactured fibre cement products (slate, corrugated sheet, cladding, building board and associated fibre cement accessories) are manufactured in conformity with the relevant harmonised European Norms  and therefore display a CE mark, performance and technical data on packaging. Quality levels at group factories are rigorously maintained to high standards with many products manufactured under the control of ISO 9001 and British Board of Agrément. Cembrit UK is a member of Cembrit Holding A/S of Denmark.

For further information, please contact:

Cembrit UK Ltd      Tel: 020 8301 8900 

www.cembrit.co.uk    sales@cembrit.co.uk            

Westerland Slates Make the Cut for Bell Homes

Approximately 4000 Cembrit Westerland A+ rated fibre cement slates have been used alongside existing natural slate in a manor house conversion project that has split the substantial property into two large homes.

The Bell Homes conversion, just five minutes away from Cheltenham town centre, preserves the original character of the homes, while improving the areas which had fallen into disrepair over the years. The roofing element features Cembrit’s Westerland A+ rated fibre cement slates which have been used alongside some existing natural slates. The Westerlands are able to blend seamlessly with the natural slate on the project thanks to a ‘dressed edge’ which gives the slates an authentic, traditional appearance. Installed by Brown Roofing of Evesham, Westerland is a versatile slate that offers the appearance of natural slate with the cost-effectiveness of fibre cement.

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“It’s great to be able to find a fibre cement slate that can integrate so well with natural slates,” says Robert Brown of Brown Roofing. “We are delighted with the finished result and the ease with which the Westerland slates were installed meant we had a project that ran smoothly throughout the process.”

Fibre cement slates such as Westerland, are an excellent alternative to concrete tiles. Not only do they perform well and are extremely versatile, they can also be cut with hand tools – all that is required is a scribe and straight edge.  No power tools are necessary. Fibre cement slates are available in a uniform size, thickness, and shape, the slates are pre-drilled for quick and easy fixing which saves time on site and therefore lower cost.

Westerland slate is a good alternative to natural slate as it has a similar appearance. Its attractive riven surface and natural dressed edges make it an ideal solution for situations where a traditional appearance is important. It is manufactured to the highest European standards and is lightweight, pre-holed, suitable for all types of projects. The slate is easy to handle and install, it is durable and offers an economic alternative to natural roofing materials.

An EPD (Environmental Product Decleration) issued by the IBU is available on request covering all Cembrit’s fibre cement slate brands.

For further information visit www.cembrit.co.uk, or email sales@cembrit.co.uk

CEMBRIT SLATES USED FOR KINGS SOMBORNE DEVELOPMENT

A new housing association in Kings Somborne, Hampshire, has been given the A+ treatment with Cembrit’s Westerland slates. Over 3,800 of the blue/black slates were used on a new housing development, Lancaster Green, which features a mixture of 21 dwellings from one bed to four bed properties.

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The beautiful development has stunning panoramic views across the countryside and provides much needed affordable housing for the village. Cembrit’s Westerland, A+ rated slates, were used alongside natural clay tiles, to give the properties a smooth roof surface and authentic dressed edges, providing them a polished and elegant aesthetic. Hampshire based contractor Drew Smith Ltd, was in charge of the development and chose Cembrit slate, due to using them previously and being impressed with the high quality of the products.

 

“We often choose Cembrit fibre cement products over other brands”, says Simon Mason, Technical Manager at Drew Smith Ltd. “We believe that the Cembrit slate has a superior quality, particularly the dressed edge product. The fact that the fibre cement slates have also been awarded an A+ rating is brilliant and they offer a good balance between the cost and look.”

 

Mason adds; “Each of the homes also include solar panels, installed to boost its energy efficiency. The solar panels blend seamlessly with the slate making Westerland our preferred option. The project has provided essential housing within the Test Valley conservation area. This was made possible through the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) scheme. This scheme enables community based housing to be built within rural areas.

 

Westerland slate is a good alternative to natural slate as it has a similar appearance. Its attractive riven surface and natural dressed edges make it an ideal solution for situations where a traditional appearance is important. It is manufactured to the highest European standards and is lightweight, pre-holed, suitable for all types of projects. The slate is easy to handle and install, it is durable and offers an economic alternative to natural roofing materials.

 

For further information visit www.cembrit.co.uk, or email sales@cembrit.co.uk