Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red
Cedar Shingles have been specified for the roofs of 14 new lodges at Warwick
Castle. The unique additions to the
popular tourist attraction give visitors the chance to experience the medieval
age like never before.
The brand new lodges were designed
by Willerby Special Projects, a business dedicated to the design, manufacture
and installation of timber frame buildings, to give guests a truly medieval experience,
which also complemented the existing medieval ‘glamping’ accommodation and
Willerby Special Projects designed the lodges, including the Knight’s
Lodge; a two-storey mezzanine design, meaning that installation and stitching
the roofs together was more complex and had to be completed on site. With
approval from Warwick Castle, Willerby Special Projects specified JB Shingles for
the lodges due to the robust finish they deliver, and the reassurance provided
by the accreditation to the Certi-Grade quality assurance label, as certified
by the Cedar Shingle and Shake Bureau (CSSB). Shingles also require low maintenance
and blend into the heritage surroundings, so were deemed an ideal choice.
Furthermore, cedar shingles also have one of the lowest carbon footprints
of any widely used building product, representing a net carbon sink upon
delivery, which means more carbon is stored in the shingle than is emitted
during its harvest, manufacture and transportation combined. In addition, shingles are light to transport,
and quick to install on site, while also offering a high degree of thermal
insulation - all factors which were important to the project designers.
Phil Parks, technical manager at Willerby Homes, comments: “At Willerby we
are used to creating unique designs and builds, but as yet, we had not created
a lodge that meant going back in time.
“It was crucial the new lodges fitted in with the medieval style of the
existing buildings and we needed a long-life durable solution that was straightforward
to fix due to the complexity of some of the work needed. The lodges will be
used for short stay accommodation, meaning members of the public will be able
to get into the full spirit of their trip to Warwick Castle and embrace the medieval
“The actual manufacturing of the lodges began in February 2016, with the
final lodge delivered to site in May, ensuring the project was finished within
plenty of time for the official opening. In commercial projects such as this, the
lightweight nature of JB Shingles, together with their ease of installation, play
an important role in ensuring we are able to meet the deadlines.”
JB Shingles are
also available with MicroPro® treatment, a clear treatment that protects
against wood rotting fungi and insect attack, while allowing the shingles to
weather naturally without staining and can extend their lifespan to 40 years.