Boatyard in Yarnton with Heathland

BMI Redland delivers a high aesthetic down by the waterside.
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Offering a 21st century modern material performance with the appearance of a weathered hand-made tile, the BMI Redland Heathland concrete plain tile in Autumn - from BMI UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions - proved ideal for a planning-sensitive canal-side housing development just outside Oxford.

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The Tile

 “The planners made it clear that they didn’t want eight boxes and, with each house having to have a different look, we chose the Heathland tile because the colour choice is tried and trusted by us, and its sanded finish works well with the facing brick that we like to use.”

David Chidlow, Technical Director at Aquinna Homes

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 “In our opinion, Heathland is better than a smooth tile in appearance and we’ve used it in many of our other developments. The roofs are a prominent expanse of tiling and a major part of the house so you need to make the right choice.’’

David Chidlow, Technical Director at Aquinna Homes

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The Challenge

The Challenge

When Aquinna Homes received planning permission for an eight-unit development at the Boatyard in Yarnton; it was required to deliver houses that were in keeping with the local architecture, yet not uniform, as most of the nearby canal buildings date from different periods and are in different styles.

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The Solution

The Solution

Along with its great looks, the Heathland tiles offer irregular sides and varying hanging lengths, and surfaces that are subtly textured with fine sands. The result is a tile that combines a natural weathered character with machine-made performance in an attractive and cost-effective roofing material. Autumn is just one of the colours in the Heathland palette of period colourings that complement its handmade appearance.

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The Impact

The Impact

Wealden Red, Ember and Elizabethan share the sanded finish of Autumn.

The combination of traditional colours, rustic surfaces and seemingly hand-made shapes make the modern BMI Redland Heathland Autumn concrete plain tile a superbly accessible choice for challenging conservation or planning environments; and delivered the perfect bespoke finish for Aquinna Homes at its striking waterside development.

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Heathland System

Heathland System

A roof containing Heathland tiles with variation in hanging length, irregular sides and subtle surface texturing, finished with randomly applied fine sands combining to create all the visual features of a handmade clay tile

A system designed for mono or duo pitched roofs, using Heathland that is ideal for any new or refurbishment situation. The Heathland provides a practical, durable and cost effective roofing solution for years to come.

Key features and benefits

  • Natural weathered character

  • Varying hanging length

  • Randomly applied fine sand coating

  • Peace of mind with complete system from one trusted supplier

  • Offers practical and economic alternative to handmade clay tiles

  • Performance of a machine-made tile

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