Self-build Housing Project Calls on Aggregate

Developers behind a complex self-build housing project in Cambridgeshire have called on Aggregate Industries for its roofing product solution. Helen and Rob Facer, former owners of Barnack Estates UK Ltd used their expertise to build their own dream home on the rural landscape of Sutton.

As with many historic English locations, the build was governed by a set of strict planning requirements rendering it vital that the choice of construction materials kept in with the overall surroundings. This meant the roofing specification had to complement the traditional stone houses within the area while, of course, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the build.

The couple therefore called on the recommendation of their appointed building contractors – who suggested Aggregate Industries’ flagship roof slate, Bradstone Cotswold.

“The choice of roofing tile was incredibly important to us – as we wanted to make sure the chosen product suited our style without detracting from the other local homes. However, the other stone houses in the area used roofing slates that are no longer available, so it was difficult for us to find a match,” said Helen Facer, owner of the self-build home.

“We were therefore thrilled to have come across Bradstone Cotswold roofing slates. The product is stunning and offers the look of natural stone while offering all the durability of a more modern product. What’s more, the Aggregate Industries team were a huge help throughout – from assisting us in calculating the exact quantity of product needed to providing it within just two-weeks.”

Bradstone Cotswold Tiles are moulded from hand-dressed natural stone slates via a unique manufacturing technique specifically designed to recreate the natural beauty of Cotswold natural stone.

In total, 374m2 of tiles were specified on the project and installed during October/November 2018. The tiles were readily available in a wide range of sizes and are exceptionally easy and quick to lay, thereby vastly reducing time on the job for workmen – and therefore reducing labour costs for the couple.

As recommended by the Aggregate Industries team, the specification for the self-build project also included 13 of Bradstone Cotswold Slate Vents in order to ensure adequate airflow to certain rooms in the home.

“As the project needed to conform to specific local planning requirements, it was vital to use products that was in keeping with the area. The Bradstone Cotswold Slates from our range of building products provided the ideal solution, offering an easy-application process, long-lasting performance, combined with a beautiful finish,” added Jamie Stratford, Regional Sales Manager for the South West at Aggregate Industries.


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