Crest’s tiles are chosen for Blackpool redevelopment

Mansard roof tiles are purpose made to suit the roof pitch
Mansard roof tiles are purpose made to suit the roof pitch

With its growing reputation for delivering high-quality building products, Crest is now becoming the preferred choice for architects, housing associations and local councils on affordable sustainable housing projects. A spokesperson from the company explains more about the redevelopment of Troutbeck Crescent in Blackpool, where the company’s tiles have been selected.

The award-winning social housing project at Goldsmith Street in Norwich has created interest in Crest’s range of clay facing bricks and roof tiles throughout the UK. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of clay and concrete roof tiles, Crest’s specialist team can create bespoke engineered tiles and are committed to providing solutions for architects on roof construction.

Now, the company is currently working in conjunction with contractors on the redevelopment of Troutbeck Crescent in Blackpool. The aim is to demolish the existing 81 flats and replace them with a scheme of newbuild affordable rent homes, of which there would be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroomed units up to three storeys high.

The redevelopment is proposed to address the continuing unpopularity of the existing flats by council tenants and to improve the condition and quality of the accommodation available for social rent in the borough. The development works proposed include the construction of 75 terraced properties, accessible units and apartments for affordable rent, alongside associated highways, landscaping and public realm works.

Choice of tiles
The preferred choice for the project was the Crest Nelskamp Planum Duo concrete roof tile, which has a mock bond feature that gives a realistic appearance of a smaller format roof tile, while providing all the advantages of a large format concrete tile.

The team at Crest created a mansard roof tile display to show a selection of colours available, which helped the team of architects to see how the proposed roof would look. Onyx Black and Slate Grey were chosen to create a chequered roof tile effect, and using Crest’s bespoke services, the company incorporated Mansard vertical tiles, which are purpose made to suit the roof pitch.

Crest Nelskamp roof tiles are recognised for their use of high-quality robust materials and proven manufacturing techniques, and are the perfect choice for this project.

With the most modern production facilities and special preparation treatments, they ensure consistency and long-lasting quality.

The Top Long-life protective finish comes as standard on the Planum concrete range, with its ultrasmooth flat finish, acrylic colour coating and polymers sealing the tile, thereby giving “pore free” edges. The self-cleaning Long-life coating has a distinctive pore seal and ensures no absorption of moisture and dirt. The tile also offers colour resistance and protection against UV degradation.

The team at Crest are delighted to have been given the opportunity to supply roof tiles for this project, which addresses the need for more affordable housing in Blackpool.

The aim is to deliver a development that is sustainable in the long term and:

  • Provide an attractive environment that integrates with the surrounding suburban area of Mereside and the Whyndyke Farm development, creating an inviting gateway into Blackpool.
  • Promoting a strong community by helping existing residents remain in the area.
  • Provide a mix of housing types to meet the needs of households with different incomes.
  • Provide opportunities for surrounding residents to give their views and engage in the redevelopment process.
  • Balance working people and people with the greatest housing needs in letting the new homes.
  • Making good use of financial resources by delivering a cost-effective development that can be funded from rents received at the development over the next 35 years.
  • Support the local economy by maximising the use of locally-based building contractors and local labour.
  • Provide training opportunities to young people in the area.