As the year comes to end, Avonside are proud to end it on a high, having secured an award in the ‘Commercial Property Application Using Roof Tiles’ category alongside Tudor Roof Tile Co. at the first ever national Pitched Roofing Awards 2018.
The Awards were presented by RCI Magazine, with a glitzy ceremony held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on Friday 30th November, hosted by comediene and actress Kerry Godliman. It was brilliant to see the roofing community brought together for such a celebration, which aimed to shine a light on the successful partnerships that exist between suppliers and contractors and recognise the high standard of workmanship and dedication to quality as demonstrated by the projects submitted.
Pictured below: Avonside Group Managing Director, Tony Burke with our Home Improvement branch, Ploughcroft Ltd’s Divisional Director, Chris Hopkins who also won an award.
The project that Avonside worked on that was recognised at the Pitched Roofing Awards was roofing work on the new £10 million Music School at King’s College School in Wimbledon. As the school is located in a conservation area, the building’s look and feel is very sympathetic to its surroundings, and the roof is no different.
The King’s College School project was an excellent example of different companies working together for a spectacular result. Hopkins Architects Partnership, who were responsible for designing the Music School, requested new handmade rooftiles instead of ones made by machines due to their tone and texture variations.
Tudor Roof Tile Co. utilised traditional handmaking methods, ideal for the heritage and architectural markets, to produce high specification clay roof tiles. They provided a range of bespoke tiles that varied in shape and size. The intricate triangular pattern on the roof of the concert hall and rehearsal rooms was achieved from the striking shapes of the bespoke roof tiles alone. To achieve the complicated geometric pattern, the roof tiles were all produced by hand to a size of 400mm long and 100mm wide, with a curvature that was within very small tolerances. Altogether, six different designs of customised tiles, in two colour-ways of each were applied.
The manufacturer worked with the architect to create the visually pleasing arrow head tile profile.
Working alongside drainage, solar and plant contractors, Avonside took care of all aspects of the flat roof coverings and metal copings at the interface between the flat and pitched areas.
School operations, a small site and the logistics of managing material deliveries were all factors that had to be overcome in the challenging project.
Pictured below: Tony Burke, Ploughcroft’s Sales and Marketing Director, Helen Hopkins and Chris Hopkins.
The judges’ comments were as follows: “The tiling pattern on this project is beautiful. It was good to see the tiles being used creatively, and the fact that it was completely bespoke to the building worked very strongly in its favour. The steep pitch lends itself to the design and it just looks great.”