Imaginative regeneration project uses Thrutone slates

Marley Eternit’s Thrutone fibre cement slates have been used to create a distinctive roof aesthetic for an imaginatively designed regeneration project in Mill Hill, North London. 

Ridgemont is a development by Countryside Properties and Annington Homes consisting of 360 contemporary mixed tenure apartments and houses close to the attractive open spaces of the Mill Hill conservation area.  The distinctive properties have been designed by MLRS Architects to complement the existing area and utilise the elevation provided by the steep south-east facing slope of Mill Hill Ridge.

Developers Countryside Properties and Annington Homes specified the Marley Eternit Thrutone fibre cement slates to complement the distinctive sandstone, terracotta brick and cedar cladding used on the houses, as well as to blend in with the surrounding countryside.  Contractor Bracknell Roofing was appointed to carry out the roof installation.

Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, comments:  “Thrutone is a perfect choice for this development because it offers a visually striking, yet cost effective, alternative to natural slate.

“Ridgemont is part of the regeneration of the former Inglis Barracks and attention to detail is very important in the imaginative design of this project.  The Thrutone fibre cement slates add to the distinctive sleek, angular lines of the development and help the properties to fit in with the surrounding countryside. 

“We are seeing increasing demand for our fibre cement slates on contemporary design projects like this one.  The fibre cement innovations we have introduced over the past year, including the launch of a low pitch version of the Thrutone product, provide increased design flexibility for architects looking for an economical yet aesthetically pleasing product.”

As part of Marley Eternit’s fibre cement range, Thrutone boasts industry leading sustainability credentials, including a low carbon footprint of just 13 CO2e /m2 (based on 600 x 300 slate at 100mm lap) and the ability to achieve the lowest environmental rating (A+) in the BRE Green Guide.  Fibre cement also offers sustainability benefits throughout its whole life cycle, as it can be fully recycled at the end of its use.  Waste fibre cement can be ground down and used to replace limestone and shale in clinker production, the essential ingredients for Portland cement. 

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