Court Royal, Bournemouth

Court Royal, Bournemouth

Client: Williams Roofing Contractors Ltd
Type of works: supplied approximately 10,000 508mm x 254mm Glendyne slates

Glendyne natural slate from Cembrit has played a key role in the recent renovation of a seafront hotel in Bournemouth. The blue/grey slates from Canada are the perfect complement to the grand, yellow brick exterior of the building, offering the exceptional weather resistance required of a roof in a corrosive environment.

The hotel, Court Royal, has served as a convalescent facility for the South Wales mining industry for nearly 60 years. Open all year round, the premises are available to former mine workers, wives and widows, who are able to enjoy sea front holidays at ‘not for profit’ rates. A comprehensive renovation of the exterior of the building highlighted the need to replace the existing slate/tile roof. The project was carried out by local Roofing Contractors, Williams Roofing Contractors Ltd, with Cembrit supplying approximately 10,000 508mm x 254mm Glendyne slates for the project.

Rob Williams, Director of Williams Roofing Contractors Ltd comments: “We selected Glendyne slates for this project as the site is close to the sea and we obviously wanted to install a high quality slate product, and thus avoid the streaking and rusting often seen on lesser quality slates in this type of location. Furthermore, the slate has a close geological resemblance to the highly valued blue/grey Welsh slate which it was replacing, but with a lower supply cost. We have previously worked with Glendyne slate on numerous occassions and are aware that it offers a great balance between appearance and durability. Because the property is situated on the seafront, we needed to be sure the slate we selected would be robust enough to withstand the intense weather conditions.”

Glendyne is a high quality slate quarried from the Canadian town of Saint Marc du Lac Long, Quebec, Canada. A dark blue/grey, with a fine, consistent grain and no history of pyrititic inclusions, it benefits from a smooth texture and the combination of modern extraction technology and traditional finishing skills to ensure a consistently high standard product. Able to withstand all weather conditions including sunlight, UV light, and even acid rain, Glendyne is remarkably similar in character to the Welsh Ffestiniog Slate.

Available exclusively from Cembrit in the UK, Glendyne offers great value for money and laid correctly, will last the lifetime of a building. Using skills built up over 80 years, Cembrit select natural slate from Spain, Canada, Brazil, China, India and the countries of Western Europe. From UK quarries Cembrit offer Welsh, Cornish and Westmorland slates.

Quality levels at Group factories are rigorously maintained to high standards with fibre cement slates produced to BS EN 492:2004 and manufactured under the control of a BS EN ISO 9001: 2000 quality management system.

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