The project, using Redland Rosemary Clay Classic tiles, is a shining example of the right product being used with skill and sensitivity.
Shandwick is one of the most prestigious and architecturally important properties in the Troon area, dating back to 1906. When the roof was destroyed by fire it needed to be entirely rebuilt to faithfully recreate the original design.
Finding the right roof tiles was not a problem: Rosemary Clay Classic tiles are used on most of the surrounding properties. For the contractor, D M Roofing and Roughcasting Ltd, the issue was how to accurately recreate the roof without any architects drawings to follow.
The contractors worked from original photographs of the building combined with marks left on the remaining chimneys and skews to work out the roof pitches. It was a complicated job as every elevation included fabulous design including close mitred hips, sweeping valley gutters and different roof pitches.
Because of the different pitches involved, the mitred hips had to be created using individually cut tiles for each hip section. Detailed and complex craftsmanship was required to ensure a consistent and visually appealing result. The success of the scheme is a great testament to the skill of the contractors. What makes this particularly satisfying for DM Roofing is that the tradesman in charge of the site had been one of the first apprentices trained by the company.
The project won the Excellence In Roofing category of the NHIC Awards 2015, presented on 12th November 2015 by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change.
For more than forty years the NHIC has been established as the authoritative voice for the home improvement industry in the UK. The award programme, running since 1974, recognises true excellence in home improvement and renovation. The Shandwick refurbishment project was also shortlisted in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors awards programme earlier in 2015.
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