Westerland A+ rated fibre cement slates from Cembrit have provided a newly built care home facility in Pembury with a sustainable and attractive finish. Replacing an older property that was demolished, the slates needed to remain in keeping with the original look of the facility.
Hazeldene House is a Graham Care Group development that provides professional support for residents with significant care needs in studio and one bedroom suites which can be rented or bought. This home is constructed over three floors, offering care suites for dementia type illnesses, and separate nursing bedrooms for other occupants. Hazeledene House aims to provide relationship-centred treatment where residents have the freedom to personalise their care and can have their spouses accommodated alongside them.
Beginning in Summer 2011, the project saw a new building constructed and the existing care home facility demolished. Phase one was built to provide sufficient space for the residents of the existing home. Once they were relocated to the new building, the existing home was demolished and phase two of the build programme commenced. Crendon Roofing Services was the contractors on this project. Built in the shape of a horse shoe with two wings, Crendon Roofing Services specified Cembrit’s Westerland slates.
“We decided to work with Cembrit Westerland slates due to its attractive natural looking finish and sustainability factors,” commented Peter Edwards, Crendon Roofing Services. “The slates enabled us to create a natural look whilst meeting environmental standards. We found the slates to be quick and easy to install. We are keen to work with these products again.”
Fibre cement slates such as Westerland, are an excellent alternative to concrete tiles. Not only do they perform well and are extremely versatile, they can also be cut with hand tools - all that is required is a scribe and straight edge. No power tools are necessary. Fibre cement slates are available in a uniform size, thickness, and shape, the slates are pre-drilled for quick and easy fixing which saves time on site and therefore lower cost.
Westerland slate is a good alternative to natural slate as it has a similar appearance. Its attractive riven surface and natural dressed edges make it an ideal solution for situations where a traditional appearance is important. It is manufactured to the highest European standards and is lightweight, pre-holed, suitable for all types of projects. The slate is easy to handle and install, it is durable and offers an economic alternative to natural roofing materials.An EPD (Environmental Product Decleration) issued by the IBU is available on request covering all Cembrit’s fibre cement slate brands.