Cembrit, specialists in natural and fibre cement slates, has provided nearly 9,000 slates for a re-roofing project for a former Bishop’s residence in Peterson Super Ely. Two slate types were used to create contrasting bands on the roof with the finished project achieving a finalist position in the slating category at the NFRC awards (National Federation of Roofing contractors) in May.
4,400 heather-blue natural slate and 4,400 blue-grey glendyne natural slates from Cembrit were fitted by Camilleri Roofing in bands to replicate the original roof and create a striking effect. The vicarage is a grade 11 listed building and was built by the Great Western Railway as a replacement for the existing vicarage which had been demolished to make way for the line of the railway line. It was used by the Bishop of Llandaff as a country residence until it was sold into the private sector.
“We chose these two contrasting natural slates from Cembrit as the planners had insisted on us using either Welsh or Canadian Slate due to the house being Grade II listed” explains Mike Camilleri from Camilleri Roofing. “Having looked at a number of options we chose Canadian slates as there was a real cost advantage over the Welsh whilst giving us the same high quality. The finished roof looks great, the homeowner is delighted and the icing on the cake is the recognition at the NFRC Awards.”
Glendyne is a distinctive blue-grey and is produced in the town of Saint Marc du Lac Long, Quebec, Canada. The quarry was first opened by British slate quarreymen in the early part of the 20th Century and roofs with Glendyne natural slate can still be seen in the area today, some 90 years later.