Cembrit gets a first at the University of Northampton

Cembrit’s Moorland fibre cement slates have been specified and installed at the new campus development at the University of Northampton. Situated on the River Nene, the new waterside campus features a mixture of academic buildings and student accommodation. Specified by Stride Treglown and installed by Russell Roofing, the Moorland slates dressed edge is said to provide an aesthetically pleasing natural looking roof covering, for the new student accommodation blocks at the university, at a lower installed cost than natural slate.

Located on a former brownfield site, the development is said to respond to the industrial heritage of the site in a contemporary way. The new student residences, which are being developed in two phases, consist of a mixture of shared townhouse and cluster flat accommodation with the Moorland slates being installed on pitched roof areas including the main roof and mansard sections.

Keystone Roofing have supplied Russell Roofing with over 47,000m² Moorland slates so far and Frazer Simpson, director of Russell Roofing commented: “The development is a great looking project and looks particularly impressive with its waterfront location. The Moorland slates fit in perfectly with the surrounding and with their dressed edge and lightweight construction add a classy, but easy to install quality to the project. We’ve used them before and definitely will do again.”

Cembrit Moorland slates are designed with a dressed edge and smooth surface, they are said to be light weight, pre-holed and easy to cut with hand tools, reportedly making them a cost-effective product – an added benefit for the University of Northampton. Moorland slates random, dressed edge are said to create a roof slope with a natural appearance, they are fully coated with a high quality, semi-matte acrylic pigmented finish which ensures the natural appearance is visible from street level.