LSO St Luke's - the 18th-century Grade 1 listed church that was restored to become the new home of the London Symphony Orchestra’s community and music education programme - proudly bears a new slate roof featuring Burlington Slate’s Elterwater Westmorland Green roofing slate.

Located on London's Old Street, EC1, St Luke's church was first constructed in 1732 and attributed to the great baroque architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Brought back to life after a serious reversal of fortune, over 30 tonnes of Burlington’s famous slate was specified for the 585 square metre roof in order to restore the exterior as faithfully as possible.

Featuring 20” to 12” Westmorland Green slate bests, the roof has been laid in diminishing courses on battens with breathable sarking and vapour barrier on a roof deck on 75mm insulation. Leading London architects, Levitt Bernstein, were responsible for the project.

Having had the misfortune of being built on bad soil and suffering long-term subsidence, the building was declared a dangerous structure and, in 1959, the church was locked up with its original roof removed and left open to the elements. This decision to remove the roof, however, was to provide the catalyst for the building’s current outstanding acoustics, as the 40 years of weathering and patina would have been difficult to achieve in a new building.

Comments Burlington’s Joint-Managing Director, Malcolm Hatch: “Burlington’s Westmorland Green roofing slate has long been synonymous with the restoration and conversion of many prestigious and historical buildings, particularly here in the UK. It was specified for this particular project as it is thought to have been the material used before the original roof was removed in 1960.”

He added: “Over recent years, our slate has been associated with several sites in London including the Old Admiralty Building, Somerset House and the Natural History Museum, and we are proud to add LSO St Lukes to this impressive listing.”

Today, LSO St Lukes is a stylish and sophisticated venue that houses LSO rehearsals and a diverse mix of evening concerts, as well as free public lunchtime concerts and community events. It is also available to hire for rehearsals, recordings and chamber music performances, as well as a wide variety of corporate and private events.

Quarried for over three hundred years from the heart of England’s Lake District, Burlington also supplies Blue/Grey roofing slate in addition to Westmorland Green. For further information on the company and its roofing slate products visit www.burlingtonslate.co.uk

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