Marley Eternit Raises the Roof on Grade ll Listed Building in Hackney

A Grade II listed residential building in Hackney has won plaudits and attracted significant praise from residents, the public and the local council’s historic building department on its successful roof refurbishment. Marley Eternit’s Acme single camber clay plain tiles were specified to ensure a striking roof for a well-loved historic local building.

The former Hackney Free & Parochial School was originally refurbished into local authority offices over a decade ago and has since undergone a second major renovation and a change of use to create East Eight, a development of 36 large residential flats. Untouched in the second renovation, the original roof that had been in place for ten years was found to be defective when leaks began to emerge and concerns were raised about the stability of the chimney stack. A detailed survey found that the entire roof needed to be replaced.

Main contractor, Anglian Brickwork Ltd and project architect, Paul Mitchell were appointed to redevelop the pitched roof, which covers a surface area of 1,500 sq/metres. During the redevelopment a combination of colours from Marley Eternit’s Acme single camber tile range was specified including 50% Red Sandfaced, 25% Heather Blend and 25% Farmhouse Brown Sandfaced.

Paul Mitchell, project architect, comments: “As we did not want the roof to look ‘flat’ we requested samples from Marley Eternit of three colours from its traditional Acme single camber range. We felt these subtle shades provided an effective tonal blend so proposed the use of them to the historical buildings officer at Hackney local authority. Marley Eternit was able to offer comprehensive technical support throughout the project by providing advice on colour matching to achieve the final blend for this challenging roofing project. The council department is very pleased with the outcome and that the building’s traditional look has not been compromised.”

Initially, the large roof was quite deceptive due to its vast complex gables, internal gutters and no flat areas, making it a challenging process to begin with. The project was further complicated by the listed building status and torrential rain during the refurbishment process.

To minimise further disruption to residents, a rolling temporary roof, the largest in the UK at the time, was wheeled across each phase, allowing the old roof to be removed effectively in stages with minimal water ingress.

Eamon McCourt, managing agent for East Eight at Warmans Property Management, explains: “As managers of the building, we assessed the original condition of the roof and found it had been defective since the original renovation over ten years ago.

“The choice of roof tile and gaining acceptance by the local planning authority was critical to the project, and the end result is a beautifully blended roof that remains in-keeping with local aesthetics.”

Marley Eternit is the leading manufacturer of clay plain tiles with the widest range of colours and finishes. Manufactured for over 150 years, Marley Eternit’s extensive clay plain tile range includes Acme single camber and double camber, Hawkins brindles and Staffordshire blues and handcrafted tiles in a wide range of colours and finishes. A comprehensive range of fittings and accessories is also available to ensure that the traditional appearance of the roof is maintained.

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager at Marley Eternit, comments: “This is one of the largest on-going refurbishment projects that we have been involved with. We have supplied approximately 90,000 tiles and fittings and our technical team has offered comprehensive advice and support at all stages of this project to achieve the successful completion. The Hackney residential project is a prime example of how Marley Eternit’s clay roof tiles can be used for refurbishment projects which are subject to sensitive planning requirements. The blend of 3 colours has been used to outstanding effect to create a truly unique and beautiful roof, which perfectly complements this historic building.

Marley Eternit's clay plain tile range achieves an A+ rating under the BRE’s environmental assessment schemes and is certified under BES 6001, the framework standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Materials, which gives the maximum credits towards BREEAM assessed projects. Carbon footprint data is now also available for Marley Eternit’s full range of roof tiles, independently certified by The Carbon Trust.

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