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Patents awarded to Forticrete’s innovative SL8 tile

Forticrete has been granted three UK patents for its innovative SL8® large format roof tile. The leading manufacturer of concrete roof tiles, architectural masonry and walling and cast stone, which is part of Ibstock plc, has been granted patents which cover the camber of the tile, interlocking design and features and

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Forticrete Comments on Brokenshire’s Commitment to Housebuilding

The Managing Director at Forticrete, John Lambert, has given his view on the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Conservative Party Conference speech on housebuilding commitment. Last year’s Autumn Budget focused heavily on housebuilding, with a bold aim of building 300,000

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

Forticrete

Patents awarded to Forticrete’s innovative SL8 tile

Forticrete has been granted three UK patents for its innovative SL8® large format roof tile. The leading manufacturer of concrete roof tiles, architectural masonry and walling and cast stone, which is part of Ibstock plc, has been granted patents which cover the camber of the tile, interlocking design and features and dry verge design. Specifically, the patent for its dry verge design includes the term concealed guttering as the tile channels water to the gutter. The SL8 roof tile was designed to meet the increasing demands of the roofing market. With just 8 tiles per square metre needed it provides greater coverage with approximately 20% less tiles required per roof. Additional benefits include its thin leading edge – which is up to 50% thinner than other large format tiles – which creates an impressive visual characteristic. John Lambert, Managing Director of Forticrete, comments: “Forticrete has a long history of introducing innovative products which offer building efficiencies. Our SL8 roof tile is one of these and we are delighted to have achieved these design patents. In designing the SL8 tile, we listened to what our customers wanted; the result is an innovative roof tile that meets market demands. It reduces the number of tiles needed for a roof by up to 20%, meaning it is more cost efficient and tiles are easier to handle and lay. The aesthetics of SL8 are also much more appealing as its thin leading edge and dimensions go a long way to replicate real slate. “Being awarded three UK patents means we have 20 years protection on our design and our customers can be assured they are using market leading products for the construction projects.” Forticrete is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of concrete construction products including roof tiles, concrete decorative facing blocks, walling stone and cast stone dressings. For more information visit www.forticrete.co.uk.  

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Forticrete Comments on Brokenshire’s Commitment to Housebuilding

The Managing Director at Forticrete, John Lambert, has given his view on the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Conservative Party Conference speech on housebuilding commitment. Last year’s Autumn Budget focused heavily on housebuilding, with a bold aim of building 300,000 houses on average each year. At this week’s Conservative Party Conference James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment in this area, stating housing continued to be their biggest domestic priority. And it is no surprise, as it remains under immense pressure to build the homes needed for the growing population. It is reassuring that the Government is upbeat about reaching its ambitious targets, for both those who are looking to get on the property ladder and suppliers to this market, and how it plans to achieve them. We particularly welcome a plan led approach to development and removing barriers in order to speed up the planning process. Such reforms will ensure more there is more opportunity for development through smarter use of land and space. However, any planning reforms should also be seen as an opportunity set the benchmark on how houses are designed and the materials which are specified – a key issue as the speed of build is an important aspect in achieving the Government’s target. The pursuit of materials that blend with the local vernacular is now the ‘norm’. But all too often, planning authorities seek to use traditional building materials because it is what they are familiar with. But it is well documented that there are lengthy waits for some building materials coupled with rising prices. So planning authorities need to consider the alternatives when making their decisions. As an example, there are a variety of roof tile options, such as those made from concrete, which recreate the look of traditional materials without compromising on quality. Specification of such products will help to speed up the supply chain – and thereby make a valuable contribution to the housing target. Not only does it ensure housebuilders attempting to address the housing shortage have the products they need, but so too do the architects looking to ensure their projects enhance the visual appeal of the built environment. It is clear that the Government is taking serious steps to get Britain building. We now wait for the Autumn Budget at the end of this month to see if there are any further details on the progress being made to meet their ambitious targets.

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