Altus, Portishead, Somerset

Project: Altus, Portishead, Somerset

Moorland slates from leading roofing specialist, Cembrit, have been used on Altus, a modern development, in Portishead, Somerset. Built by Taylor Wimpey, the development features apartments that offer views of the Severn estuary, with the Moorland slates providing a stylish blend with the natural surroundings and the contemporary exterior of the apartments.



Portishead is a historic town in Somerset that dates back to Roman times and Altus is part of an urban regeneration project currently being undertaken in the area. Situated close to the coastal path along the Severn estuary and a nature reserve, the development features Moorland slates throughout. Local contractor, North Roofing was specified and installed Moorland for the project.

“The client requested a dark, smooth surfaced, dressed edge slate, so we specified Moorland,” says Warren Neale from North Roofing. “The laying of the slate was fairly straight-forward but as it was a coastal development we also needed a durable slate that is able to withstand harsh weather.”

Moorland slate is manufactured with a smooth surface and dressed edge to give the appearance of a natural slate from floor level, whilst retaining all the fixing benefits of man-made slate. Each slate is also pre-holed to offer a consistent size, weight and thickness, ensuring regularity and simplicity when fixing.

Moorland’s are manufactured using Portland cement together with a non-asbestos formulation of blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. Each slate is pigmented during production and fully compressed. They are then finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the top face and edges, and a clear binder to the back face.

Using skills built up over 80 years, Cembrit offers a wide range of fibre cement slates, corrugated sheets, and cladding and building board panels, as well as natural slates.  Our factories operate Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to EN14001. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are available on all Cembrit manufactured ranges. Cembrit fibre cement slates are listed on the Greenbooklive.com register of environmental products.  Quality levels at group factories are rigorously maintained to high standards with many products manufactured under the control of ISO 9001 and British Board of Agrément. Cembrit UK is a member of Cembrit Holding A/S of Denmark.