Rockpanel Extracare Longbridge

Village life is safe and well at ExtraCare Longbridge

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20181002 RW-RP PHO 00256The £48 million retirement village, ExtraCare Longbridge, is an important part of developer St. Modwen’s £1billion Longbridge regeneration project in Birmingham.

Carefully designed to encourage and support an independent and enriching lifestyle, the village opened in July 2017 and provides affordable and flexible living options for senior citizens. The development offers 260 one and two bed apartments – 132 for shared ownership, 76 for outright sale and 52 for affordable rent. Each apartment has its own hallway, living room, one or two bedrooms, kitchen and shower room. Around a third of residents receive help with care, including significant assessed care needs such as dementia.

20181002 RW-RP PHO 00257ExtraCare Longbridge sits between the older established housing and the new family housing. The village concept has real meaning here – a place where people can come together, make friends, socialize and learn new skills. The development offers a range of communal facilities including a village hall, bar and bistro, gym, IT suite, hair and beauty salon and a shop. Up to 50 activities are on offer including choir singing, IT, wheelchair aerobics and gardening.
Director Wendy Griffin of project architects Nicol Thomas, “We have specified Rockpanel on a number of projects so were confident it would work for ExtraCare Longbridge. It offered a cost-effective way of introducing contemporary design interest to the façade.

20181002 RW-RP PHO 00260Architecturally, projecting volumes and overhangs create sheltered exteriors. The facades, soffits and fascias, along with specially designed window details and balcony enclosures, are clad entirely with Rockpanel. Wendy Griffin, “Combining Rockpanel Woods with brick and render represents the old and the new coming together – symbolic of the regeneration of the wider Longbridge area. Along with this are the proven technical qualities of the material, which include fire resistance, durability and low maintenance, all of which were important elements within the brief.
The particular products used here include Rockpanel Woods in FS-Xtra grade; Carbon Oak and Alder, along with Rockpanel Colours Durable RAL 7004. According to Nicol Thomas, the use of these colours and textures unifies the design, whilst creating depth and variation in appearance, “The variety and pallet of materials help to reduce the overall visual mass of the building and introduces scale, variety, balance and rhythm.”

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20181002 RW-RP PHO 00262In a project such as this, where the elderly and infirm live and which houses a mixture of multi-use spaces, fire safety is of paramount importance. Rockpanel FS-Xtra is where aesthetics and fire safety successfully align. It offers specifiers the opportunity to explore new possibilities and realise their vision in the knowledge that the design will satisfy European fire class A2-s1,d0.


Further advantages of using Rockpanel include low lifecycle maintenance and the availability of a wide range of standard sizes. This allows for advance design planning, and ease of installation, leading to significant cost savings over competitor products. Economy is an important factor for project owners, ExtraCare, who are a charitable trust.



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to be credited to photographer, William EckersleyExternal, ambient noise can be a major headache for schools, causing distraction, disruption and, at worse, impacting negatively on the academic performance of students.  The National Autistic Society Anderson School and Enterprise Campus, a major new-build, autism-specific facility in Chigwell, Essex, installed effective sound reducing insulation to address this priority issue. The result; a calm, productive and quiet learning environment for all students.

The school has students from the ages of 11-19 in attendance, where the skills for life and employment are at the heart of the curriculum.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive at The National Autistic Society, said; “Our ambition is to transform the lives of autistic young people and our aim for this campus is that every child that leaves school will go into meaningful paid employment or other activity.

“As a result, the wellbeing of autistic children and young people is at the heart of the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School and Enterprise Campus. From small class sizes to purpose-built calm rooms, and therapy rooms, we’ll make adjustments to each student’s environment to help them reach their full potential.”
484-246r to be credited to photographer, William EckersleyProject designers and specifiers, RMA Architects, recognised the role that effective sound insulation could play in helping to meet this objective for the school. The school’s contemporary, low level design features extensive areas of flat roofing which could prove susceptible to noise ingress from heavy rainfall. At the same time, they required an efficient thermal solution that would meet the project’s low energy credentials and a robust durable waterproofing system, that would safeguard the building from defect for many years to come.

 Working in close partnership with roof waterproofing membrane designer and manufacturer, AXTER Limited, and Axtershield Installer / roofing contractor, Avonside Group, ROCKWOOL has successfully met all the challenges on the project using its HARDROCK® Multi-Fix Dual Density (DD) board.

Avonside has fitted over 3000m² of ROCKWOOL 105mm HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) insulation board at Anderson School complete with an equivalent quantity of 150mm HARDROCK® Multi-Fix Underlay and AXTER’s EXCEL® Roof System to deliver comprehensive and effective acoustic, fire safety and thermal insulation performance.

484-474r to be credited to photographer, William EckersleyAs a stone wool insulation solution, HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) is renowned for its excellent acoustic properties. It has been fully tested to meet the rigorous demands of Building Bulletin 93, The Acoustic Design for Schools, an extension to Part E of the Building Regulations which sets the standard for ambient, impact and reverberation noise in educational buildings. At Anderson School, the total thickness of 255mm is capable of delivering a noise reducing performance of Rw 40dB whilst still satisfying the 0.15 W/m²K thermal specification for the project.

HARDROCK® Multi-Fix DD board is also capable of providing significant time and cost savings for contractors across a vast range of flat roof applications. It can be securely installed within mechanically fixed systems with just a single fixing, compared to the multiple fixings typically used with PIR / PUR foam board installation. Meanwhile, its performance eliminates the need for additional layers to be installed to meet flat roof acoustic specifications. As a result, AXTER and their accredited roofing contractor Avonside were able to reduce the complexity of installation at Anderson School, saving time and cost.

HARDROCK® Multi-Fix (DD) also gives the highest fire safety rating of any flat roof board insulation on the market with a Euroclass (A1) non-combustible fire classification and LPCB approval (LPS 1181: Part 1 (Ext-A)). This ensures compliance with Building Bulletin 100, the Zurich Insurance School and Academy design guide which requires the use of non-combustible materials.

Gary Simm, Principal of the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School, said: “Many children and young people on the autism spectrum really struggle in mainstream school, sometimes ending up spending long periods out of education. The National Autistic Society believes that no-one should ever be written off and we want to give them the social and work skills they need to find meaningful work or go into higher education.

“We are immensely grateful to the Anderson Foundation and its founder, Mark Anderson, for the support and commitment they have shown for this exciting and life-changing project. Autism can have a profound impact on an individual and their family, but the right help and support can help every student to fulfil their potential.”

Axis Flo-Motion® Manual Sliding Doors

Axis at Healthcare Estates 2018 and on BIMobject®

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IMG_3083lrAxis Automatic Entrance Systems exhibited at this year’s Healthcare Estates exhibition in Manchester. Axis are regular attendees at HCE since 2015 when they won the IHEEM Product Innovation Award for their Flo-Motion® Manual Sliding Doors.



BCH - MANUSA (1)Flo-Motion® doors again featured on the stand showcasing their unique, fingertip control now available in single sliding, bi-parting and telescopic formats. Axis also promoted the availability of BIM files for the Flo-Motion® range now available on BIMobject® either directly from the BIMobject® site or accessed via the website.

The Flo-Motion® range of manual sliding doors is part of the Axis Healthcare Door range which includes manual doors, automatic doors and hermetically sealed doors for wards, intensive care units, critical care units, clean rooms, isolation rooms and other healthcare requirements. Doors are manufactured by market leading companies such as Stanley and Manusa or have been developed and manufactured by Axis themselves.

Since their original development for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Axis Flo-Motion® doors have been installed in a number of hospitals throughout the UK including Omagh, Enniskillen and Altnagelvin hospitals in Northern Ireland, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and numerous hospitals in England including the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The new Telescopic format doors have already been installed at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Wexham Park in Slough.

Information on the full range of Axis Door products is available by calling 01604 212500, emailing, or visiting

Geze Smart Buildings solutions

Act Smart and Save the Date

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GEZE UK will demonstrate some ‘joined up thinking’ when it takes part at this year’s Smart Buildings Show (7-8 November 2018) at the Barbican, London.

Its stand, F3, Hall 2, is a third bigger than last year and will feature the latest integrated products that can form part of intelligent building networks.

Smart BuildingsBy using smart building interfaces such as the GEZE Cockpit, IQ box KNX or the IO 420, modular solutions can be applied to achieve natural ventilation and climate control, security and fire safety. In turn, they can be integrated into building management systems which ‘talk’ to each other for complete control – often remotely.

Using GEZE’s range of automatic door and window systems, these ‘hubs’ can transform premises into smart buildings – making them more pleasant environments in which to live and work – conditions that help people feel more happy, healthy and productive.

Said GEZE UK managing director, Kaz Spiewakowski: “Our presence at the UK’s leading dedicated smart building event will be bigger and better this year.

“We have some ground-breaking products to demonstrate and in GEZE UK’s 30th year, we wish to make our presence felt and become firmly established as the ‘go to’ supplier for those looking to create the next generation of buildings.”

As the only company in the UK to offer both door and window solutions, GEZE is keen to be at the forefront of the ‘smart revolution’ allowing building performance to be optimised, costs reduced and environments improved through responsive and multifunctional systems.

GEZE Cockpit Campaign PackshotVisitors to the stand will see products such as the Slimchain, IO 420, IQ box KNX, IQ locks, WS 1000 touch screen controller, Flat scan sensor, the GEZE Cockpit – which will be available in the UK very soon – and a first look at the Perlan AUT NT, a cost-effective alternative to the manual sliding door system – ideal for use in difficult-to-access areas which can help reduce accidents.


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Easi-Dec Board-Walk and Valley-Walk

Working as safely on industrial and fragile roofs

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According to the HSE, on average 7 people are killed each year falling through a fragile roof or fragile roof light. These accidents usually occur on the roofs of factories, warehouse and farm buildings where repair or cleaning work is being undertaken

Designed to overcome the challenges of working on fragile roofs and provide the user with a safe working position, Easi-Dec has developed a range of roof access and safety equipment to help keep workers safe when working on industrial and fragile roofs.


Designed specifically for metal profile roofs, Easi-Cover provides a robust and effective solution for covering unprotected rooflights. Easy to transport and install, rooflights are protected by a strong mesh panel mounted onto a metal frame.



Board-Walk and Valley-WalkA lightweight aluminium walkway, which allows access from eaves to ridge whilst spreading the load on support battens and provides the user with a safer working position. Designed to run vertically, left or right, up or down and to fit to varying roof pitches, Board-Walk is the ideal solutions for use on fragile roofs.


A mobile walking frame for one or two people, designed to provide mobile access along valley gutters.  Easy to transport and assemble, the unit features cushioned outriggers for comfort which are filled with safety mesh.




Designed for industrial and fragile roofs, Roof-Walk is a fully guarded rolling platform mounted onto twin tracks which allows movement up and down the roof.

Bilco St Mary's Church Roof Access Hatch copy

From medieval priest doors to a modern means of access…

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Bilco UK has supplied an innovative replacement roof hatch for a medieval church in Norfolk. St Mary’s is one of the 653 churches within the Diocese of Norwich. It is an interesting and unique site with three medieval churches sitting within one churchyard.

St Mary's Church Roof Access Hatch copySt Michael’s, was refurbished in 2011 and is used as a community hall and for worship.  All Saints was devastated in the Great Fire of Reepham in 1543 and only the ruins remain.  St Mary’s is a Grade 1 Listed building situated within Reepham’s Conservation Area. Listed for its rich history and architecture features the flushwork flint and stone parish church is thought to date back to the 13th and 14th century.

When it came to providing a means of safe access to the roof area a product was required that was both technically and architecturally suitable.  Medieval Masonry Ltd, ( a specialist contractor in restoration and conservation of historic buildings with over 50 years of experience in the industry, installed Bilco UK’s S-50VMTB VersaMount® Replacement Roof Hatch.  The innovative S-50VMTB VersaMount® was specified by the architect as it meets the technical specification needed for products in this type of refurbishment project.

Architecturally, the product enables the replacement of a roof hatch onto the existing curb without the need for re-roofing. This is both economically savvy and sustainable. The low-profile VersaMount® curb features a built-in flange and apron and innovative anchor clip system to ensure a fast, secure, and weathertight installation.

When access hatches are installed in elevated, historic fabric, such as church towers and spires, they are exposed to all weather conditions, particularly driving rain. Ensuring an access solution that will provide a durable weathertight system is imperative if water ingress is to be avoided.

The VersaMount® is ideal for Listed Buildings and other Designated Heritage Assets.  Such sites have unique characters and when restoration and conservation is needed they require carefully considered quality design solutions.

The ergonomic design of the VersaMount® allows for ease of use.  The hatch has been engineered with compression spring operators to provide a smooth, easy, one-hand operation, regardless of size.  An automatic hold-open arm with grip handle release ensures safe egress. For further information call 01284 701696 or visit

National Domelight Company Rooflight

Astroglaze walk-on rooflight helps transform outside space in central London

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XGDyRN5IThe Project

Architect Sara Bondia lived in a first-floor apartment in central London with no outdoor space. Right in front of her kitchen window lay the roof of the ground-floor extension. Keen to spend some time in the open air, Sara decided to convert that roof into a terrace for her family. The terrace would need to be stylish yet functional and suited to their needs.

The Requirements

IZznnRBQSara applied for planning permission to renovate the exterior space, incorporating new wooden flooring and a combination of stylish glass and wooden balustrades to preserve neighbours’ privacy. She would also replace an existing walk-on rooflight that occupied most of the terrace surface.

Sara sought a supplier that could deliver a tailor-made rooflight that met the project’s exacting requirements. A large walk-on solution was needed, measuring 1550mm x 2132mm, which would meet stringent building regulations. Additionally, to maintain a flush surface with the new wooden flooring, a minimum frame height was required. Sara struggled to find suppliers because it was a non-stock item. However, after much online searching, she found NDC.

The Solution

CnQshMPYAdept at delivering bespoke solutions for a wide variety of residential and commercial projects, NDC supplied an Astroglaze walk-on unit for the project in the specified size. To maintain privacy for both Sara and her neighbours below, the glazing was fully sandblasted and delivered with a Ritec easy-clean coating for straight-forward maintenance. The textured finish also ensures suitable grip for those walking on the rooflight surface – essential as the balcony would also be a play area for her young family.

XBgo_J3gFrom a design perspective, a white border was chosen around the glazing while the fixings were delivered in a bespoke polyester powder-coated finish of black/grey in RAL 7021. The white border and grey/black fixings set off the colour and texture of the wooden decking well, with a standard black border considered too dark and harsh, creating too much colour contrast to be in-keeping with the overall design scheme of the balcony.

The Conclusion

Fw_ogm5sThe result is a now much-loved and often-used balcony, giving Sara and her family sought-after outside space.

“I’m delighted with the new balcony,” says Sara. “Before, we had no useable external space and had just two small windows in our living and kitchen areas. Now the apartment has large glazed doors and you can walk out into this big open area outside. We use it all the time, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s transformed the way we live and has been particularly brilliant during the hot summer evenings.”

fn-uXOloRegarding NDC’s involvement in the project, Sara says: “The NDC team was extremely supportive. As our requirements were very particular – especially considering the size and weight of the rooflight needed – I had a lot of questions. Due to the large size and the resulting weight, a new steel structure had to be created on top of the roof as it couldn’t be supported by existing rafters and joists. I was also struggling to find a solution with the minimum frame size required to make sure that there wouldn’t be a step between the rooflight and the decked flooring. All of this had to be taken into consideration and NDC was well-equipped with the technical information and know-how to answer these questions and responded quickly to all my enquiries. The team was proactive and very supportive, and the quality of the solution is fantastic.”

Actual Product Supplied:

Bespoke: 1 x Astroglaze walk-on unit 1550 x 2132mm, polyester powder coated in RAL 7021 (black/grey).

Glazing: Fully sandblasted for a textured finish, with a white border and a Ritec easy-clean coating for ease of maintenance.


Access in Bomber Command Centre

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RS12621_Bomb002-lprMission: To bring freedom of access for people of all mobilities to International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC), Lincolnshire. Opened in January 2018, this world-class resource is dedicated to the recognition, remembrance and reconciliation of Bomber Command’s role in WWII.

Two passenger lifts must unite two floors of facilities, comprising Digital Archives, Losses Database, three Exhibition galleries, the Hub Café and Guided Tours, all set within 10 acres of Peace Gardens featuring a 31-metre Memorial Spire, Ribbon of Remembrance and Walls of Names.

Hardware: Two Stannah 5-person platform passenger lifts, moving in formation over a distance of 3600mm.

RS12637_Bomb018-lprSpecification: The lifts must combine the benefits of platform lifts with the look and feel of passenger lifts to deliver an affordable access solution, for moderate use in a location where space is limited. Key requirements comprise:

•    Wheelchair plus companion capability
•    Hydraulic drive
•    Ability to accommodate a wheelchair and companion
•    Easy-to-use, fully automatic cabin controls
•    Ceiling light
•    Tough light grey vinyl skin plate interior finish to withstand daily use
•    Aesthetically complementary satin stainless-steel sliding door and surrounds
•    Safety features such as grab rails, stud floor, alarm button and emergency intercom.
•    Safe travel at .150 m/s.
•    Wall mounted.
•    Low pit depth and headroom.
•    Easy to install with minimum builder’s work.

Standards: The lifts must help the IBCC owners meet the requirements of The Equality Act 2010Part M of the Building Regulations (England and Wales), and BS8300:2018 Code of PracticeCE marking and compliance with the latest Machinery Directive are also essential.

RS12656_Bomb037-lprThe Result: Freedom for all to access the world’s most comprehensive historic records of Bomber Command’s part in the Second World War – ensuring that generations to come can appreciate the contribution of the million people involved, notably the heroism of the 57,861 men and women who lost their lives.

Nicky Barr, Chief Executive at the International Bomber Command Centre, comments:

“Thanks to the Stannah passenger lifts everyone can experience International Bomber Command Centre’s tribute not only to the bravery and sacrifice of those who served and supported Bomber Command – and their vital role in protecting the freedom we enjoy today – but also to Lincolnshire’s contribution to the outcome of the war.”

As with all Stannah lift products, the Stannah platform lifts are covered by Stannah’s comprehensive lift service plan, which includes four service visits in the first year, with continued lift maintenance by the East Midlands branch of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.

Warmafloor underfloor heating


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6Holcombe Grammar School, formerly known as Chatham Grammar, has a proud history dating back over 200 years. Situated in its current location since the 1920s, the property has undergone significant alterations and developments over the years to ensure it remains a first-class educational facility. The school is currently going through a number of exciting developments, including the introduction of a co-educational sixth form from the 2017/18 academic year. Within these developments, the school is introducing four new classrooms, housing up to 80 students and covering a 350 m² area.

5The school required an efficient, sustainable heating system to provide the best possible learning environment for the new facilities. To deliver on the brief, main contractors, G A Harper Ltd., turned to underfloor heating (UFH) specialist Warmafloor for its technical expertise and full end-to-end design and installation services. 

Explaining the project requirements, Chris Azzopardi, Consultant at G A Harper Ltd., says: “Holcombe Grammar comprises several buildings clustered around the old Holcombe Manor. Over the years, the school has built up around this central building, and at each stage of development the highest quality finish has ensured that the facilities are futureproofed as much as possible.

3“For this project, the heating system needed to adhere to strict BREEAM standards. It also had to help maximise usable space and ensure a comfortable environment conducive to learning, with minimal maintenance requirements. In addition to this, we needed a solution that would be quick and easy to install in a busy construction area.

“We therefore turned to Warmafloor for its extensive UFH expertise and ability to design and install complex systems that meet exacting criteria. Warmafloor also offers a 100-year guarantee on its systems, which is unique on the market and a big plus point when it comes to a school that wants a high-performance solution that won’t let them down in the long run.”

2UFH offers a range of benefits that make it the perfect choice for school projects. For example, it keeps floor coverings warm and dry by circulating heated water beneath the surface, minimising the growth of hazardous contaminants like bacteria and supporting the general wellness of building occupants.

By removing the need for clunky radiators on walls, UFH also maximises space and provides flexibility for classroom layouts. In addition, Warmafloor UFH solutions can be used both to heat rooms in cold weather, as well offering a cooling system in the summer months.

For the Holcombe Grammar project, Warmafloor was also tasked with designing a system that addressed some unique project requirements. Jonathan Moran, Business Development Manager at Warmafloor, explains: “When G A Harper Ltd. chose us for this project, there were a few key stipulations we had to consider from the outset. For example, the entire project had to meet BREEAM standards, as well as deliver a long-lasting end-result that would benefit the school in the long term.

1“We developed a bespoke Floating Floor dry system, which offered high structural integrity with minimal down-time once installed. We also used recycled materials to meet BREEAM requirements – for example, we used 100 per cent recycled gypsum and 100 per cent recycled foam. We also provided full performance and environmental data on the system to help G A Harper Ltd. meet its wider project requirements.”

Warmafloor’s Floating Floor system requires no drying time, so extension works could resume as quickly as possible following its installation. In these systems, the underfloor pipework is fitted into pre-grooved metal diffusion plates and set in polystyrene floor insulation panels, following which dry screed floorboards are laid. The final floor covering can then be installed over the system – a quick, easy and effective method which fit in with the project’s strict timetable.

Another key benefit of the Floating Floor system is that it offers complete access for any component repair or replacement. The flooring can simply be lifted and the system fixed, minimising future disruption from any unnecessary maintenance work.

Azzopardi concludes: “Warmafloor’s Floating Floor system was the perfect solution for Holcombe Grammar School’s new extension. The quick installation time allowed on-site works to progress more efficiently and the strength and quality of the installation will ensure that the UFH is an investment to last.

“However, Warmafloor provided much more than just a physical installation. Its end-to-end service offering means that they have been able to support us in designing and providing technical advice on how to meet stringent environmental requirements, as well as remaining on time and on budget.”

Holcombe Grammar School’s project is due to be completed for the October half-term. For more information on the services offered by Warmafloor, visit: To gain expert guidance on the right system for your project, please contact: For more information about G A Harper Ltd., visit:

Cumbria Natural Slate Tiles Netley Abby


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Netley Chapel 1 Cembrit Glendyne natural slates have been specified and installed on a unique renovation project for the Historic Hampshire landmark, Netley Chapel, which saw the local community contributing financially to the restoration project. Before slating began, the public were invited to site to mark the occasion and “sponsor a slate”.  For a small donation, visitors wrote a message and signed the reverse of a roof slate.  More than 900 Glendyne slates were decorated, raising £6,600 for the friends of the Royal Victoria Country Park. These slates were then installed on the roof of the chapel by Elliotts Premier Roofing of Southampton.

Royal Victoria Country Park was once the site of the world’s largest military hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital (or Netley Hospital).  Now, all that remains of the original hospital structure, which fell into decline after being severely damaged by fire in 1963, is Netley Chapel. Thanks to a multi-million pound grant from Hampshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Victorian-era building has recently undergone extensive renovation, and now marks the beginning of a new chapter for the chapel.

Netley Chapel 3Hampshire-based construction company, Brymor Construction was appointed as the main contractor for the project alongside roofing subcontractor, Elliotts Premier Roofing.  Having worked with Cembrit many times in the past, Elliotts Premier Roofing selected 610mm x 305mm blue-grey Cembrit Glendyne natural slates for the refurbishment of the roof covering: “As one of the oldest companies in Southampton, it’s been a privilege for us to have played such a pivotal role in this project and work with other local organisations to restore this iconic chapel,” says David Stubbington of Elliotts Premier Roofing. “We chose Cembrit Glendyne slates for the project due to its flexibility to accommodate the roof design of the prestigious building. The end result is impressive and Glendyne really accentuates the character of the chapel.”

The chapel re-opened to the public in summer 2018. An exhibition in the main body of the chapel tells the story of the former hospital, from its beginnings in the 1850s, through the Boer War, and both World Wars up to the present day.

Netley Chapel 4The project was completed in a timely fashion, and is one of the first to utilise the new large 24″ x 12″ (imperial) format. Netley Chapel was finished to an extremely high standard. Cembrit was on hand to offer support and advice for this landmark renovation project. “I assisted Hampshire Council with writing the roofing specification for this project,” commented Phil Wilden, Technical Manager Pitched & Small Element Roofing Products at Cembrit. “Throughout the roof construction phase, our Regional Sales Manager and I made routine visits to the site to ensure the product was being installed to the requirements of the specification and that of British Standard BS5534. This highlights the level of technical support that we offer our customers.”

Glendyne is a high quality slate that combines first-class performance with all the inherent beauty of natural slate, making it the ideal ‘natural’ choice for specifiers and roofers. Available exclusively from Cembrit in the UK, Glendyne is a distinctive blue-grey colour. The Glendyne quarry is one of the most modern slate quarries in the world. The quarry operates a quality management system based on EN ISO 9001 which is externally audited. This standard is adhered to rigidly, as are all quality standard procedures required by each regional market the quarry supplies.

Glendyne is tested to BS EN European standard, BS EN 12326-1:2014 which requires many of the laboratory tests (‘type testing’) to be performed at least annually and the factory production control (FPC) performed and recorded as a matter of routine by the producer.


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