Wing Yip Headquarters, Birmingham

Sandtoft, a Wienerberger brand, is celebrating its 20 year working relationship with Wing Yip, the UK’s leading Chinese and Oriental supplier, by presenting the owner with a hand carved clay temple dog at its flagship site and headquarters in Birmingham, following the building of a 200,000 sq ft extension.

The extension of the Birmingham development has recently been completed, for which Sandtoft supplied 9,000 of its Europa tiles in Natural Red which have been brought out of retirement exclusively for this project, therefore matching the original tiles laid on the roof of the superstore 20 years ago

The Sandtoft Heritage Service team has worked closely with Wing Yip to ensure that the look of the building remains as ornate as possible, which has included supplying distinctive coloured tiles alongside some very elaborate Horned-Roll, Warped-Horn and Ball-Top Finials

To mark 20 years of working with the Sandtoft Heritage Service, Ian Martinson, Heritage Craftsman, presented the Wing Yip family with a hand carved Temple Dog as a token of appreciation

The Heritage Service is specialist conservation and restoration service that creates bespoke handmade roof tiles and fittings, and the team has been working closely with Wing Yip as it has expanded in the UK over the past 20 years

Mr Wing Yip commented:

Wing Yip and Sandtoft have had a successful working relationship over the past 20 years, and we are very pleased with the tiles they have produced for the extension to our Birmingham development. I am very grateful for the temple dog that has been carved and presented to me today, and I am looking forward to working with Sandtoft in the future.


Nigel Dyer, Heritage Service Manager at Sandtoft, said:

It has been an honour to work with Wing Yip over the past 20 years, and we are very proud to have been a part of this extension project at its flagship site. The Europa tile was retired from our range in 2006, but it was specifically made at our Broomfleet site so that the roof of the extension would match the roof of the main building. As a way to thank Wing Yip for working with us for so many years, and as a way to mark the opening of the extension. We presented them with a hand carved Temple Dog, which was designed and sculpted, as a homage to the traditional figures in the Forbidden City.  We are sure it will have a good home.