Three Lanes End Estate, Castleford, Yorkshire

Three Lanes End Estate, Castleford, Yorkshire

Client: Wakefield and District Housing (WDH)
Type of works: supply and installation of Sandtoft's 20/20 clay plain roof tile for re-roofing project.

One of the UK’s largest social landlords, Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), has specified Sandtoft’s 20/20 clay plain roof tile for a re-roofing project on the Three Lanes End Estate in Castleford, Yorkshire. The work forms part of WDH’s multimillion pound improvement programme to bring its properties up to the ‘Wakefield Standard’ – a higher specification than the Government’s Decent Homes Standard.

The 20/20 offers the same appearance as a traditional clay plain tile, but is more cost effective, faster and easier to install. Made from natural alluvial clay and manufactured using 100% green electricity the 20/20 can reduce a roof’s carbon footprint by 50%.

Martyn Symons, WDH Area Partnerships Manager, chose the tiles as he felt they would help WDH reach its goal of becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2016.

Martyn commented: “The decision to go with the 20/20 roof tile was an easy one for WDH when you consider its eco-friendly benefits, cost-effectiveness and easy installation. These three features are very important to WDH in all areas of the organisation because they improve the service we provide to our tenants and residents.”

Dale Webster, Partnership Manager at NPS North East, who managed the project and specified the tiles, commented: “The original Rosemary roof tiles had delaminated and therefore required replacing. We were keen to find a natural roof tile that would meet our requirements for a ‘green’ roofing solution while also complementing the aesthetics of the other properties on the estate.

“We had been offered a number of concrete tiles designed to imitate the original Rosemary tiles but they didn’t really achieve an authentic look. The Sandtoft 20/20 in the Tuscan colour delivered a fantastic finish and met our needs for an environmentally conscious roofing solution.”

Craig Sidda, Sandtoft’s Social Housing Manager added: “The 20/20 is from our New Generation range of clay tiles which has been developed to make natural roofing materials more affordable. The 20/20 is becoming increasingly popular for local authority re-roofing schemes as it enables the social landlord to deliver the beauty of a clay roof without paying a premium.”

The 20/20’s single lap design provides coverage of 20 tiles per square metre instead of the usual 60 required when using traditional plain tiles. As a result, 60% fewer battens are required, which further reduces material costs. In addition, an ‘open gauge’ eliminates the need to cut tiles on site and can reduce installation times by up to 30%.

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