Published on 4th March 2021
Shelleys Mid-Kent Roofing (part of Avonside Group) re-roofing project in Kent
  • Division: Residential Roofing
  • Client: Shelleys homeowner, Mr M Williams
  • Location: Kent
  • Sector: Residential

We are proud of our Mid-Kent Roofing branch for providing such a high standard of roof tiling, flat roofing and leadwork on this stunning and spacious private residence, known as Shelleys, nestled in 15 acres of land in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Shelleys Mid-Kent Roofing (part of Avonside Group) re-roofing project in Kent


This project especially stood out for Mid-Kent Roofing as it differentiates itself from the large national housebuilding schemes and sites they usually work on.

Notably, the project was shortlisted in the ‘Best Use of Roof Tiles (Concrete or Clay) for a Domestic Project’ category at the 2020 Pitched Roofing Awards, hosted by RCI Magazine.

Products Used

A 3-colour mix of handmade clay tiles manufactured by Traditional Clay Roof Tiles Ltd supplied by Raven Roofing Supplies were used. The mix of tiles used were the Medium, Dark and Brown tiles from Traditional Clay Roof Tiles Ltd.’s Developer range.

The client, Mr. M. Williams was shown various material samples and the mix of Medium, Dark and Brown tiles by Traditional Clay Roof Tiles Ltd were what he chose for his new build property.

The benefits of the Developer range tiles are that the rigorous testing they undergo in Traditional Clay Roof Tiles Ltd in-house laboratory facility ensures they gracefully weather and mature gradually with age.

They meet British Standard EN 538 Flexural strength, BS EN 539-1 Impermeability and BS EN 539-2 Frost resistance and then undergo further stringent tests by independent material test and analysis company, Ceram, who are approved by the British Standards Institute and UKAS.

The tiles were laid in exact accordance with the manufacturer’s specification.

Traditional Clay Roof Tiles Ltd state that their clay tiles must be laid and fixed to comply with BS 5534: the British Standard Code of practice for slating and tiling, and BS 8000: Part 6: the British Standard Code of practice for workmanship on building sites. The code of practice for tiling and slating also recommends clay tiles should be mixed from three pallets when being loaded out. Therefore, these were the standards that were followed in the Shelleys project by Mid-Kent Roofing.

Other products used included:

  1. Protect VP300 Vapour Permeable Underlay by Protect, a Division of The Building Product Design (BPD) Group was used.
  2. JB Red Batten manufactured by Marley Limited was also used.
  3. Soprema’s Sopralene Optima C3 GMF, 3 layer built up felt was used on the flat roof part of the main house.

The Results

The budget for the whole project on this beautiful private residence, complete with three outbuildings, which include an entertainment hall, garage and gardener’s cottage, went over budget. This was mainly down to the client adding things and having changes of heart throughout the process.

Although the budget of circa £120,000 was exceeded, all weathering works, including all the fixed tiling, flat roofing and leadwork that Mid-Kent Roofing did, were completed on time (between September 2019 and March 2020) and the client was over the moon with the finished result!

Shelleys Mid-Kent Roofing (part of Avonside Group) re-roofing project in Kent Mid-Kent Roofing’s client, Mr M. Williams said:

“I would like to thank you on the works Mid Kent Roofing have carried out.

“Not only was the contract carried out ahead of program. But the quality of works and attention to detail was second to none. I was also extremely impressed with your lead worker who I may say was very competent and dealt with all the complicated lead work needed on the very challenging project. Throughout all the atrocious weather encountered your staff always turned up on site and worked throughout the rain. Adam, your foreman was a breath of fresh air, always willing to go the further yard to get the job pushed forward.

“All the materials you recommended me to use turned out be totally the right choices, even though I was not sure myself at the time.

“Once again I would like to thank you for all your time and advice and look forward to hopefully working with you again soon.”

With many unique aspects, and being home to a swimming pool, jacuzzi and cigar room, this individual site was truly a one-off memorable project!