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19th century school gets new clay roof

Acme Double Camber plain clay tiles were used for the renovation

Posted by Hannah Vickers | January 26, 2017 | Outdoors

Marley Eternit’s Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles have been used to create a beautiful multi-toned clay roof, as part of a renovation project, at a 19th century school in the Buckinghamshire village of Monks Risborough.

Set in a conservation area, Monks Risborough C of E primary school was founded in 1855 and was expanded during the mid 20th century. Although the original tiles had been replaced, damage caused by debris from an adjacent tree meant that the clay roof was in such a poor condition, that Buckinghamshire County Council decided to replace the entire roof.

Contractor Allen Roofing chose the Acme Double Camber clay tiles because they gave a similar appearance to the existing roof and the rustic aesthetic complemented the historical features of the building. The roofing contractor worked with Marley Eternit to get samples of the tiles approved for use by Buckinghamshire County Council and the school.

Adam Griffin, building surveyor from Buckinghamshire County Council, comments: “The roof of Monks Risborough school needed replacing. Although it isn’t a listed building, because of its age and the fact it is in a conservation area, the tiles needed to be sympathetic to the historic school and its surroundings. They also had to be as close a match as possible to the existing tiles.

Teachers, parents and pupils are all delighted with how it looks - dam Griffin, building surveyor from Buckinghamshire County Council

“We’re very pleased with the end result and the Acme Double Camber tiles create a stunning roof, which is complementary to the 19th century school building. Teachers, parents and pupils are all delighted with how it looks.”

Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles are the only ones on the market to have both a longitudinal and latitudinal camber. This unique double curve gives the designer the opportunity to create highly textured roofscapes with accentuated light and shade. The tiles are available in a distinctive range of six colours that add character and have a lasting beauty which improves with each passing season.

Charlotte Hughes, product manager from Marley Eternit, comments: “Acme Double Camber tiles are an ideal choice for this project because the texture created by the double curve blends well with the detailing on the building and gives an aged, rustic appearance. It will also give the school a beautiful roof for many years to come because the tiles look even better as they weather and will provide a durable, long lasting roof finish, which has been tested to the highest standards.”

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