Cembrit, the fibre cement slate specialist, has provided uniquely shaped fibre cement slates to a new housing development situated within the picturesque Old Humberstone Conservation Area in Leicester. The Beeches consists of fifteen affordable houses and two apartments and is surrounded by fields which were once a medieval farming community, several listed buildings and a Church.

With such beautiful surroundings, the developer wanted the properties to blend in seamlessly, but had strict planning conditions to adhere to.  DW Hicks Building Company was the main contractor for this project and was instructed to specify a plain clay tile with a ‘club’ design or a traditional natural slate. After reviewing the costs for both options, DW Hicks suggested opting for a fibre cement slate as it is provides the same appearance as a natural slate but is more cost effective. The contractors worked closely with Cresta Roofing Supplies, a Cembrit stockist, to find a suitable roofing material and specified Cembrit’s Jutland slate.  The main attraction to this particular product was that Cembrit was able to incorporate the desired club pattern.

“With cost, appearance and design all being key elements for this project, we thought we would have a tough time finding a suitable roof slate” said Samual Hicks, the supply chain manager from DW Hicks Building Company. “However, Cembrit was extremely accommodating and the Jutland slate ticked all the boxes.  Not only was the planner satisfied with our choice, but we were impressed with how easy the product was to cut and install.

“We were also pleased with the service and support we received from Cembrit” continues Samual. “They made a cutting die and cut the slates for us with the club banding. The technical advice we received from them was second to none and we are more than likely to work with Cembrit again on future projects.”

Jutland slates are lightweight and feature a smooth surface, square edge and are pre-holed. 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 is manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. They 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. Jutland 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 offers a bespoke shaped fibre cement slate service for architects and roofing contractors looking to apply creativity to their projects.  Architects can choose from a range of shapes including bull nose, single and double club, curve and arrow head.  The slates are offered at a cost-effective price, and Cembrit can also provide advice and CAD drawings, all backed up with fast delivery.

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

For further information, please contact:

Ged Ferris                                      or               Shereen Russell

Cembrit UK Ltd                                               Wildwood PR Ltd

57 Kellner Road                                               The Stables, Meadow Court

London                                                                        Faygate Lane,

SE28 0AX                                                        Faygate, RH12 4SJ

Tel: 020 8301 8900                                          Tel: 01293 851115

Fax: 020 8301 8901                                         Fax: 01293 852448

Email: sales@cembrit.co.uk                               Email: shereen.russell@wildwoodpr.com

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. Cembrit fibre cement slates are listed on the Greenbooklive.com register of environmental products.  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.