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David had a very clear vision for his project but had to make careful choices to make sure his plans would be passed by the planning committee.

This beautiful detached house is in a cul-de-sac and David definitely did not want to build it in the style of the other properties in the road. The yellow London stock brick was a bit of a risk and, although his preference would have been for slate tiles, he opted for clay to ease the planning process.

“I’m not that keen on large format interlocking tiles, to be honest. I prefer the traditional size and shape of the clay plain tiles. Rosemary was an obvious choice and I went for the Blue as it was the nearest I could get to a slate colour.

“The result is great. I really like the contrast between the yellow brick and blue tile. It’s exactly the effect I was after.”

Building your own house, even if you are an experienced contractor, is a big project and David tells us that he has yet to move in. “I run a business: my clients’ projects have to come first, so when we’re busy as a company my own project slows down. We hope to be in before too long.”


Returning St Joseph’s School to its former glory

Generations of school children have attended St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Willesden so when a fire destroyed its roof, it was a blow to both the current students and its community.

The roaring twenties - and 40's - sees BMI take shape

With BMI UK & Ireland’s iconic BMI Redland brand celebrating 100 years of concrete tile manufacture in the UK, making it the oldest concrete tile maker in the country; the company, ahead of its formal celebrations later in the year, continues to look back over its 180-year heritage.

BMI's training facilities claim academy status-12 09:59

BMI UK & Ireland has relaunched its National Training Centre as the BMI Academy. The UK’s first ever dedicated roof training centre, the BMI Academy – now a multi-site operation, with its hub in South Cerney, Gloucestershire – offers best-in-class training and comprises possibly the most comprehensive learning resource in the country. Not content with just being the UK’s first dedicated roof training centre, the BMI Academy looks forward to many more firsts as it aligns with the other training academies across BMI Group’s global operations.

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