Mid Sussex District Council was keen for the development to blend sympathetically with the vernacular architectural style of the area which has traditionally used hand-made clay tile for both the pitched roofs and for the ornamental hanging tile features on the house facades.
For this project Barratt put forward the Heathland concrete tiles from Redland , specified in Autumn, Ember and Manor House Mix colours. The Heathland range of Plain Tiles is designed to be a cost effective alternative that is indistinguishable from handmade clay tiles with a range of colours that mimic the traditional artisan product they emulate.
The Limes, a development of some 120 homes, is also designed with a focus on environmental performance and Heathland, proven to have a significantly lower level of embodied carbon than alternative clay products, fitted well with this agenda.
Hanging tiles were also specified as an aesthetic feature on the facades of the houses and Heathland Plain Tiles in Farmhouse Red and Manor House Mix Sanded were used here together with ornamental tiles in Club design.
Redland is now the only company to offer a handcrafted appearance plain tile in concrete which proves to be very popular with developers in the South East region of Kent and Sussex. Kevin Hibbs, Contract Manager from Beacon Roofing has used the Heathland range on a number of projects: “the roofs look great; it’s a really good mix of colours. The Manor House Mix is a particularly popular colour.”
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