Cembrit, the fibre cement slate specialist, has provided uniquely shaped fibre cement slates to a new housing development situated within the picturesque Old Humberstone Conservation Area in Leicester. The Beeches consists of fifteen affordable houses and two apartments and is surrounded by fields which were once a medieval farming community, several listed buildings and a Church.
With such beautiful surroundings, the developer wanted the properties to blend in seamlessly, but had strict planning conditions to adhere to. DW Hicks Building Company was the main contractor for this project and was instructed to specify a plain clay tile with a club design or a traditional natural slate. After reviewing the costs for both options, DW Hicks suggested opting for a fibre cement slate as it is provides the same appearance as a natural slate but is more cost effective. The contractors worked closely with Cresta Roofing Supplies, a Cembrit stockist, to find a suitable roofing material and specified Cembrits Jutland slate. The main attraction to this particular product was that Cembrit was able to incorporate the desired club pattern.
Samual Hicks, the supply chain manager from DW Hicks Building Company, said "With cost, appearance and design all being key elements for this project, we thought we would have a tough time finding a suitable roof slate. However, Cembrit was extremely accommodating and the Jutland slate ticked all the boxes. Not only was the planner satisfied with our choice, but we were impressed with how easy the product was to cut and install. We were also pleased with the service and support we received from Cembrit".