Ilkley Rugby Football Club, West Yorkshire

Project: Ilkley Rugby Football Club, West Yorkshire

Ilkley Rugby Football Club in West Yorkshire has a prestigious new headquarters featuring Meta-Slate®, an innovative slate-effect metal roofing system from building products manufacturer Steadmans.

Meta-Slate® incorporates all the benefits and speed of pre-engineered metal roofing yet offers the appearance of natural slate.

Steadmans supplied over 2,000 linear metres of Meta-Slate® finished in a matt slate blue Nova coating for the new £1.8m community clubhouse.

The system was specified for the Ilkley project by architect Dean Woodward, at Bradford’s Design Studio North.  

Dean said: “We needed a product that had the appearance of slate as the new building is in a conservation area and  the green belt, so there were sensitivities which we had to observe. It was also important that the roofing was both robust and durable, as it would have to withstand the impact of rugby balls being kicked onto it.

“I’d seen Meta-Slate® featured in the architectural press and selected it after seeing it in-situ in a business park near Leeds and being impressed. Now it’s complete, the clubhouse looks superb. I’m sure it will win awards in time and the roof will be a significant contributor to this.”

Providing a high-quality alternative to traditional roof finishes, Meta-Slate® is ideal for a wide range of applications including industrial premises, offices, retail outlets, showrooms and residential properties. It has also been specified on listed and historic buildings, where a product was required to blend in with older roofing materials.

Specifiers requiring further information on Meta-Slate® should call 01697 478277, email or visit