Burlington gets righteous ‘down under’
Burlington’s natural stone and slate roofing products are prized by architects, designers and specifiers across all four continents, Australasia being no exception. And no project exemplifies the suitability of Burlington’s natural slate products better when it comes to structures dedicated to religious worship than St George’s Cathedral located in the centre of Perth.
Having been consecrated in 1888, and standing as an architectural gem to the glory of God, the historic cathedral has been totally re-roofed using natural slate supplied by the UK’s leading producer, Cumbria-based Burlington.
In total, some 24,000 20” x 12” sized roofing slates now adorn the Cathedral's many and varied pitched roofscapes. Indeed its gothic revival design is enhanced by a blend of local and imported materials, roofing slate being just one example. Standing as one of only a few cathedrals to be constructed of handmade bricks, the Burlington blue/grey roofing slates – installed by specialist roofing contractors, The Cumbrian Slate Company of Perth, Western Australia – contrast with, yet complement the cathedral’s largely rustic and buff coloured external envelope.
Representing the principal cathedral of the Anglican Province of Western Australia and the metropolitical Diocese of Perth, St George’s serves a lively Christian community for people of all ages. In addition to the use of local handmade bricks, roof trusses and limestone, materials additional to British roofing slates featuring in its construction are kauri-pine ceilings from New Zealand, marble reredos manufactured in Italy and a Caen stone pulpit imported from France. Contained within the cathedral are numerous icons, beautiful stain windows, as well as memorials to Western Australia’s pioneers, community leaders and those who served in the wars of the twentieth century.
Burlington’s natural slate roofing can be supplied and laid using many different sizes and patterns to create striking roofscapes of distinction - enhanced by clean, incisive lines and details - that last the test of time. It is possible, for example, to choose from purely random material for a unique natural look. For those wanting to create a more uniformed appearance, then fixed length and width, or patterned slates, are probably the answer. Or for roofs that are lower in pitch, especially those with hips and valleys, then sized slates often remain the preferred choice.
Whatever type or size of natural slate is ultimately specified, there remains no other material to match the reality of slate’s permanence. What’s more, as the St George’s Cathedral clearly demonstrates, natural slate is a material that lends itself to both new and refurbished buildings of all types, sizes and designs.