Natural slate brings heritage feel to garden village

Natural slate brings heritage feel to garden village

CUPA PIZARRAS were specified to provide its high quality H18 tiles for the recently launched Upper Longcross development, which forms part of the government-backed Longcross Garden Village. When Crest Nicholson began planning its Chertsey regeneration site, it looked to create a neighbourhood with its own unique character, which harmonises perfectly with its surroundings. This led them to the H18 tiles.

The Upper Longcross site consists of a collection of homes, comprising a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom properties and one and two bedroom apartments. It is the first residential phase of a visionary plan, which will see Crest Nicholson establish a thriving new Garden Village with opportunities to live, work and socialise within one uniquely integrated community - and will eventually offer around 1,500 new homes.

The H18 tile originates from the Quarry La Campa near Lugo, Spain, which has been in operation since 1972. The tile features slight variations in thickness and flatness, with a smooth matte surface to result in a high quality, natural finish. As this product was to be used on many buildings throughout the Garden Village, it was important to Crest Nicholson that it could demonstrate to Runnymede Borough Council that the development would blend seamlessly into its surroundings. The H18 tiles achieve this, with experienced installers able to adapt the product to the roof and guarantee a homogenous result.

Working with architects Scott Brownrigg and the council’s local planners, Paul Burnett, Senior Site Manager at Crest Nicholson specified the use of CUPA PIZARRAS. Paul said: "We were careful to choose materials that seamlessly work with the leafy surroundings of Longcross. Although the buildings are new to the landscape, we wanted them to work with the environment rather than detract from it. Natural slate doesn’t just look the part, its longevity made it the right solution for a regeneration project.”

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