Avonside Roofing Edinburgh was happy to carry out the roof tiling, slating, leadwork, and solar panel installation for a show home on a newly awarded contract with Places for People on their new development in Longniddry, East Lothian.
The large-scale development comprises over 100 plots with a combination of two, three, and four-bedroom detached, semi-detached, and terrace homes and two-bedroom coach houses, boasting detached garages and low-level garden rooms. The development promises modern country homes, blending desirable period features with contemporary conveniences to result in a classic feel and characterful village look.
Marley Lincoln Clay Interlocking Profiled pantiles with associated dry ridge and hips integrated along with five 1.35kWp Viridian Solar PV panels in polycrystalline white were used and finished with cement pointed verges. CUPA Pizarras Heavy 3 slates were also used.
The village of Longniddry already boasts a strong community feel and is famed for its wild, beautiful undisturbed beaches such as Seton Sands and Longniddry Gosford. The East Lothian planning department was quite rightly adamant that the existing community’s (who had helped shape plans for the new development) wishes were honoured. As such, planning restrictions required that the roofs had to be a mixture of clay and slate and some properties on the development had to be low rise. Marley Lincoln Clay Interlocking Profiled pantiles were the tiles that the East Lothian planning department stipulated due to the proximity of the site to the village of Longniddry.
Avonside Roofing Edinburgh respected this choice as Marley Lincoln Clay Interlocking Profiled pantiles are known for being an easy-to-fit yet high standard and affordable option. Meeting the latest BS 5534 fixing requirements and the NHBC technical standards, the pantiles radiated the elegance of natural clay, which was in keeping with the Architect’s specific vision for the show home (Plot 44).
Marley is also a reputable supplier of roof tiles, whose products are renowned for being robust and reliable.
Another benefit of the Lincoln Clay tiles was their versatility, being compatible with a wide selection of accessories and fittings.
CUPA Pizarras’ Heavy 3 slates are renowned for being a wise choice for Scottish roofs, their extra 7-8mm thickness ensuring they remain resilient in the face of Scottish weather. This results in lower long-term maintenance costs.
The tiles were clipped and nailed as per Marley’s site specification and per BS 5534 (roof tiling and slating).
For the cement pointed verges, Avonside Roofing Edinburgh suggested that a dry fix verge installation would be both easier and quicker than a wet fix cement verge given the site location and the Scottish weather. However, due to planning restrictions, the cement pointed verges had to remain wet fixed.
On-site waste was segregated and disposed of appropriately to minimise the environmental impact, with a skip for clean timber, which would be recycled into things like sawdust and chipboard flooring, another skip for clay offcuts, which would be recycled into things like blocks, and another skip for mixed-use plastic.
This is a new site with an Architect who has a clear vision of what he requires for the development. Changes throughout the plot including a mortar colour change made completion challenging. The verge ends were originally meant to be bedded in red cement, but this changed at the last minute. After visiting the site and seeing the red colour close up, the Architect was not happy with the colour. To overcome the issue, Avonside Roofing Edinburgh recommended a natural cement finish instead which ties in better with the overall building.
Operatives had to coordinate with other trades, adhering to strict deadlines to ensure the smooth running of the overall project. This was especially the case around the chimney leadwork. Roughcasting and crane work had to be undertaken before Avonside Roofing Edinburgh could finish installing the edge tiles around the chimney.
The usual Scottish weather also posed some issues as the roofers had to wait for a dry day in order to be able to carry out the cement work to NHBC standards. With works commencing during the Coronavirus pandemic, operatives had to be extra mindful to use the sanitising and touchpoints and handwashing stations throughout the site, with their temperatures being taken both before and after a person entered and left the site.
At the time of writing, the project is still ongoing, however, this show home plot was completed within the agreed time scales of October – November 2020 within the £12,000 budget, and both client and Architect were pleased with the finished product. So much so in fact, that the client, Places for People, is currently in talks with Avonside Roofing Edinburgh about phase 2 of the development, meaning Avonside could have a positive ongoing relationship with Places for People for the next four-five years.
The project served as valuable experience and photographic evidence for Avonside Edinburgh’s third-year Roof Tiling apprentice, Joe James’s coursework, which his training provider CITB could use to assess his roofing work and progression.