Marley Eternit's clay plain tiles specified for major roofing project

An ambitious residential roofing project using Marley Eternit’s Acme Single Camber clay plain tiles is nearing completion and already attracting significant praise. 

Adjacent to the Olympic Park, the former Hackney Free & Parochial School is entering its third and final phase of re-development.  Having begun site preparation in February, the pitched roof covers a surface area of 1500 sq/metres. The roof has been entirely redeveloped using a combination of colours from Marley Eternit’s Acme Single Camber tile range: Red Sandfaced, Heather Blend and Farm House Brown, with Anglian Brickwork Ltd as the main contractor.

Paul Mitchell, project architect, explains: “Without wanting the roof to look ‘flat’ we requested samples from Marley Eternit of three colours from their 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.  We went right up to the roof with the officer and explained how the colours would work and she was immediately delighted with the proposed mix and felt a combination of shades was a great idea.”

The large roof has been fitted in stages with extra care taken so as not to disturb the residents inhabiting the 36 privately owned flats. 

Andy Crisp, contracts manager at White Roofing Services Ltd, explains: “This large roof is quite deceptive! Because it is so vast, with such complex gables, internal gutters and no flat areas, it has been quite a complicated process.

“In order to minimise disruption to residents, we employed the use of a rolling temporary roof – a modern design which was wheeled across each phase, allowing us to remove the old roof in stages. We also kept noise levels to a minimum wherever possible.”

Marley Eternit’s Acme Single Camber clay plain tile range is a versatile product available in a total of eight colours. This natural product is a cost effective option with a market leading 30° minimum pitch for greater design flexibility. A wide range of matching complementary fittings and accessories are also available for each shade.

Rebecca Farren, campaign manager at Marley Eternit, comments: “This project is a great example of how our colour range has been used to create a warm tone.  The mixture of colours sit beautifully together – 50% Red Sandfaced, 25% Heather Blend and 25% Farm House Brown. This clay plain tile is a strong, durable, natural product which benefits from modern production techniques. 

“We have supplied approximately 90,000 tiles and fittings on this project and the feedback has been very positive from all involved to date.  It has been a pleasure to see this project develop over the months. From offering advice around the complexities associated with the structure of the roof, to scheduling deliveries around the busy Olympic period, everyone has worked hard to thoughtfully and steadily move through each of the three phases.”

The Acme Single Camber range also offered this re-roofing project excellent environmental credentials to sit alongside its aesthetic strengths. Manufactured in the UK, all of Marley Eternit’s clay tiles can achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification and are accredited to BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing helping to make a significant contribution towards achieving the highest ratings under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Andy Crisp concludes: “We have been delighted with the progress over the summer and look forward to completing the project towards the end of October.  We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Marley Eternit - it is not the first time we have worked together and it certainly won’t be the last!”

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