Meta-Slate® features on school roof in Cumbria

Pupils and teachers at a primary school in Carlisle, Cumbria are benefiting from a new school hall extension featuring Meta-Slate®, an innovative slate-effect metal roofing sheet system produced by Carlisle-based manufacturer Steadmans.

The roof structure of the Centenary Hall at Armathwaite Community Primary School utilised over 500 linear metres of Meta-Slate® which incorporates all the benefits and speed of pre-engineered metal roofing yet offers the appearance of natural slate. The traditional effect of the roof was further enhanced by utilising Steadmans complementary colour coded dry verge system.

Carlisle-based Chartered Surveyors Hyde Harrington specified Steadmans’ Meta-Slate® for the project and the school commissioned Aspatria-based building specialist Roland Hill to carry out the installation (via the main contractor Atkinsons Building Contractors of Penrith).

Rory Yates, building surveyor at Hyde Harrington said: “We chose Meta-Slate® for this project as, out of all of the roofing products of this type available to us (due to financial, structural and aesthetic considerations), it was the product with most natural slate like appearance which was essential as the new Centenary Hall had to strongly resemble the existing school buildings.” 

Ideal for both refurbishment and new build applications, Meta-Slate® is easy to fit due to its light weight and simple secret fix joint system. Weighing only 6 kg/m2, Meta-Slate® roof panels require less substructure when compared to traditional slates and can be fitted onto both steel and timber roof structures. The Meta-Slate® system can also be fitted directly over Steadmans AS35 insulated panels for warm roof applications.

The Centenary Hall extension has provided the school with a multi-purpose space which is used for assemblies, PE lessons and drama performances and also by community groups such as the local youth club.

For further information on Steadmans’ Meta-Slate® call 01697 478277, email: or visit

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