The UKs oldest importer of timber roofing shingles, John Brash and Co. Ltd, has won an industry award for its part in a project to restore a historic Greek landmark in Berkshire.
The restoration of the Greek Theatre at Bradfield College near Reading, was the winner of the Best Treated Wood project at the first-ever Wood Protection Association (WPA) Awards.
The Greek Theatre dates back to the 1890s and is world-renowned as an amphitheatre for hosting plays in Ancient Greek. It fell into disrepair and was condemned in 2009 because of safety issues and access problems, but a project to bring it back to life has been capped off with the award win.
John Brash and Co. Ltds production director, Brian Lancaster, collected the award which was the very first one handed out at the inaugural event in Derby.
Western Red Cedar Shingles were chosen for their natural durability all year round. The theatre is in the depths of an old chalk quarry and the temperature can be more that 3 degrees lower than ground temperature. During the winter, conditions in the woodland theatre can be damp with little sunlight. The characteristics of the shingles will resist the weather conditions and provide natural durability and weathering.
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