Antique texture – Kier Living specifies Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles for luxury town park development

An exclusive housing development, built on the edge of one of Britain’s largest town parks, has used Marley Eternit’s Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles in Antique to create textured roofs that reflect the vernacular architecture and also meet conservation requirements.

Arbour Mews is a luxury development of nine four and five bedroom homes located on the edge of the 164 acre Harlow Town Park. As well as its proximity to parkland, part of the development, built by Kier Living, is in a conservation area and there is a listed building next door to the site entrance. Therefore choosing the right building materials, particularly the roof tiles, was an important part of the planning process.

James Griffiths, senior planning manager at Kier Living, comments:

“Due to the location of the site, we needed to get approval from the local conservation officer as part of the planning process. It was therefore important to specify a roof tile that was sympathetic to the adjacent listed building, so clay was the natural choice and the antique colour of the Acme tile gives a weathered, reclaimed appearance so that it blends in. We chose Marley Eternit’s Acme tiles because of the availability of suitable colours and finishes and the fact they are the only manufacturer to offer a double camber tile. Due to the high roof pitches that are common in Essex, there was a larger expanse of roof than we would normally expect to see. The double camber design of the tiles helped to give the roof a strong texture, therefore breaking up what would otherwise have been an over dominating roof.”

Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles are unique because they have both a longitudinal and latitudinal camber, giving designers the opportunity to create highly textured roofscapes with accentuated light and shade. This design potential was an important factor in the specification of the Marley Eternit tiles.

James Griffiths continues:

“As well as planning requirements, we needed to secure the approval of the urban design team at Essex County Council and therefore the features of the development, including the clay roofs and render pargeting, were introduced to reflect the architecture in parts of Essex. At the same time, we also wanted to create a sense of individuality for each house type, while linking the development together through the use of materials and elevation treatments.”

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager at Marley Eternit, adds:

“Arbour Mews is a very striking development, which blends in well with the rural surroundings. This project is a great example of how clay tiles can be used to complement local architecture while at the same time giving individual character to properties. The blend of colours, combined with the double camber, means that the Acme clay plain tiles can be used to create strong textures and give lasting beauty which will improve with each passing season.”

Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles are available in a distinctive range of four colours to add character to new and refurbishment projects. The tiles also offer impressive environmental credentials including the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification, BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation and certified carbon footprint data at product level.

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