Dating from 1906 and designed by William Egerton MSA, a local architect and surveyor (who is also credited with the town’s Carnegie Library) the building had an original slate roof that provided harmonious complement to this proudly institutional example of red-brick Edwardian civic architecture. As the largest and most elaborate building in the Erith Road Area, the local Conservation Advisory Committee only considered the highest quality natural slate as an acceptable roofing material. Following lengthy consultation, Glendyne was selected as the natural slate most likely to make a positive contribution to the ongoing lifecycle and public scene of the building.
35,000 Glendyne slates were supplied to WAA by local merchant Alltype Roofing Supplies. John Bateman, MD of WAA Roofing comments: “The location of the building means that the slate roof is particularly prominent. We chose Cembrit’s Glendyne knowing through past experience they were suitable for the demanding conservation requirements and fully enhance the character of the building. All those involved in this project are delighted with the results.”
Glendyne is a high quality slate quarried from the Canadian town of Saint Marc du Lac Long, Quebec, Canada. A dark blue/grey, with a fine, consistent grain and smooth texture, it benefits from a combination of modern extraction technology and traditional finishing skills to ensure a consistently high standard product. Able to withstand the most all weather conditions including sunlight, UV light, and even acid rain, Glendyne is remarkably similar in character to the Welsh Ffestiniog Slate. Available exclusively from Cembrit in the UK, it offers great value for money and laid correctly, will last the lifetime of a building.