Barlow Street, Walton


Country: United Kingdom
Type: Social Housing
Year: 2014
Architect: John McCall Architects
Category: Roofing
Product: Moorland Blue/Black

Dressed edge Moorland fibre cement slates retain the appearance of surrounding roofscapes whilst offering savings over natural alternatives.


Cembrit Moorland fibre cement slates have contributed to a £2.1 million social housing scheme in Liverpool cutting its carbon emissions by two thirds and achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) development, which comprises eighteen new homes, rejuvenates one of the city’s main gateways. The six three-storey and twelve two-storey homes on Barlow Street in Walton replace vacant maisonette properties which were demolished. Liverpool’s growth as a port and commercial hub occured during the 18th and 19th centuries when the expansion of railways meant that roofing slate from north Wales could be transported efficiently for the construction of the UK’s great industrial cities. Much of the roofscape of Liverpool is covered with Welsh slate. Moorland slates help retain the city’s appearance whilst offering a value for money alternative.

Designed by Richard King of John McCall Architects, the Barlow Street project is a mixture of modern and traditional materials have been used on the new buildings to create a contemporary appearance, which is in keeping with the surroundings. It was key that the roofing material reflected this. Fibre cement slates have a similarity to traditional natural slate but are more cost effective. It was for this reason, and the fact that the product is BREEAM A/A+ rated, that Cembrit’s Moorland slate was specified. Moorland is an attractive slate with a dressed edge, which is similar to the appearance of natural slates. Stafford based contractor, Crosby Roofing was responsible for the installation.

Emma Horton, Director of Crosby Roofing Ltd, said "Cembrit’s Moorland slates are a great high quality roofing material which is cost effective. On this occasion the client was responsible for specifying the products. However, we are extremely pleased that they chose Cembrit, as the company offers excellent customer service and the slates are easy to install." The Code for Sustainable Homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and constuction of the new homes and aims to reduce our carbon footprint. It measures the sustainability of a new home against categories of sustainable design, rating the ”whole home” as a complate package. Cembrit A/A+ rated fibre cement slates contribute to achieving an environmentally outstanding building.