Brookhurst Delivers Handmade Clay Roof Tiles to Suffolk Project


Brookhurst has delivered handmade clay roof tiles to a property renovation and new build project that is located in Suffolk. The company works to deliver a range of high quality tiles crafted by hand using traditional hand moulding and firing techniques which allow for the creation of a bespoke and delicate final product. The company was supported by Sahtas in order to create tiles that match the reclaimed ones already being used. The original barn on the site had been restored using clay pantiles which have been replaced with well-matched reclaimed tiles. Because of the number of outbuildings on the site, making sure that a good match for the roof tiles was found was vital.

The construction took place in Thredling Hundred in mid-Suffolk. This location is close to the village centre of Debenham. The site was purchased in auction by Joe and Sandra Johnson. Joe is a carpenter and builder and the couple designed the new house themselves with the support of Tim Linstead, who is an architect and works for the Norwich based Anglia Design LLP.

The site contained a two-storey car lodge, a barn built in 1914 and a converted tower mill dating back to 1839. The property sits in the spectacular suffolk countryside, a county known as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the birthplace of John Constable. Permission was given to knock down the cottage on the site and construct a new one due to the extensive work required to make the property habitable.

Also installed on the site is photovoltaic solar panels, an air source heat pump and a heat recovery ventilation system. The addition of the latest technology has allowed for the finished property to be highly sustainable. The construction work first started in 2014, with Sahtas UK being selected as contractor in early 2015 and given the drawings.


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