Sandtoft celebrates 15 years of ‘Heritage’ expertise

Sandtoft celebrates 15 years of ‘Heritage’ expertise

Sandtoft roof tiles is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its specialist ‘heritage’ division. Sandtoft Heritage Services was set up in 1995 to provide an expert resource for some of the country’s major conservation and restoration projects and in that time has helped to restore over 500 historical buildings.

Sandtoft has more than 100 years experience in producing bespoke clay tiles, making the company one of the first points of call for the likes of English Heritage and Historic Scotland for advice on their renovation schemes. The years spent developing their wide range of roof tiles has helped Sandtoft to develop diverse expertise needed to carry out heritage work as economically as possible and to the highest standard.

Nigel Dyer, Heritage Manager at Sandtoft said: “We are delighted that our heritage service has reached this milestone. Originally we began doing small one-off projects but as our reputation spread through recommendation, the service grew from strength to strength and Sandtoft Heritage was born.

“We now have a number of highly skilled professionals who take an active role in the development and fulfilment of roofing specifications. No two jobs are the same and we work hard to ensure that each roof is restored to its former glory and will perform for generations to come.”

Nigel, who has worked with Sandtoft for 16 years, heads up a team of 14 all of whom come from backgrounds in stone masonry, construction and residential building. Some of the projects the Sandtoft Heritage team has worked on include; London Zoo, Magdalene College in Cambridge, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Reform Club in London and Well Court, a residential development in Edinburgh.

In order to restore properties of this nature back to their original state, copies of historic tiles and authentic fittings are often required. Old designs are closely reproduced using traditional methods and the same raw materials to ensure the roof blends in with the existing building and surrounding environment.

“Historic buildings add to the lasting heritage of our built environment and so the production of authentic roof tiles and fittings is critical to ongoing conservation and restoration, much of which is required for listed buildings.

“Through this kind of work, a number of lost historical roof profiles such as Bambinos, Double Roman and Tegula and Imbrex roof tiles have been reintroduced. Our service provides a specialised design and manufacturing resource to make tiles and fittings that are no longer in production more readily available. Through our hard work and dedication, I believe we are keeping traditional skills alive.” added Nigel.

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