Natural clay plain tiles from Eternit Building Materials have helped an exclusive development meet Conservation Area criterion.
Berkeley Homes (Eastern) specified Eternit's double-cambered Acme tiles in Smooth Brindle colour for the roofs of homes at Town Farm Close in the Cambridgeshire village of Whaddon. The housebuilder was keen to use natural materials for the redevelopment of the farmyard of Town Farm and incorporated Eternit's clay plain tiles with natural slates on the roofs and weatherboard on some of the elevations.
Plain tiles were specified for their compact size that gave Berkeley Homes, architect flexibility of design to incorporate a large area of curved roofing to optimise the use of space on a small infill site. Roofing contractor Apex Roofing Services used a selection of plain tiles, half-round ridges and granny bonnet hips, in some cases around roof lights. Eternit's Smooth Brindle colour was specified as it complemented the clay plain tiles on existing roofs in the village as well as the brickwork of the new development of eight homes.
Mike Rushman, planning manager for Berkeley Homes (Eastern) that has used Eternit tiles for "many years", said: "The Eternit products were specified for their appearance and quality. The appearance of the roof tiles played a major part in the scheme and the completed development was very well received by the local authority."