Snowdonia National Park Authority, the local planning authority for Wales’ largest national park, has approved a second CUPA PIZARRAS slate for use on roofs in the prestigious area.
Home to picturesque villages and nine mountain ranges, Snowdonia National Park has stringent design standards in relation to planning permission when refurbishing existing properties within the area and approving newbuild products, including roofing materials.
Proving its durability and quality, CUPA PIZARRAS’ CUPA 12 slate has been approved for use on roofs throughout the national park.
This follows on from the success of its previously approved slate, CUPA 4, which is currently one of the most popular slates in the park. Prior to this, the park had strict criteria of only using slate from Welsh quarries. However, over the years, Welsh slate has become much harder to extract and as such has become a costly product.
In early 2018, CUPA PIZARRAS’ specification team approached the development control department at Snowdonia National Park Authority to discuss using CUPA 12 as another suitable natural slate solution for the historical site. Undergoing the same scrutiny and rigorous testing as all other materials considered for use, CUPA 12 has now also been approved.
Dark grey in colour, CUPA 12 is a natural slate from Quarry La Campa. Folgoso del Caurel (Lugo) in Spain, which has been in operation since 1972. Holding a range of certificates, including compliance with BS 680 Part 2, the slate has thin laminations and a smooth, polished finish.
“It’s a fantastic testament to the quality of our slate that we now have two products approved for use in Snowdonia National Park,” said Danny Campbell, CUPA PIZARRAS sales manager for north west and north Wales.
“Criteria is incredibly strict, with original planning permission only allowing Welsh slate for roofs. CUPA PIZARRAS slate has proven itself to be a product that is just as durable and attractive.
“We’re thrilled that now two of our products are approved for use at this prestigious national park.”