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Marley Canterbury Clay Plain tile specified for roofing project at Chester Zoo

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A tight construction deadline, listed building challenges, and the presence of a protected bat population, were some of the considerations Marley, working with NFRC Members Cooper & Williams Ltd, helped successfully overcome on a roofing refurbishment project at Chester Zoo.

Marley was engaged via the refurbishment’s architectural and project management teams to provide a roofing solution that would complement the heritage of the listed building, while also meeting its pressing construction timetable.

In addition, the tile specified needed to match the existing roof aesthetics on nearby structures and be manufactured using a natural material to comply with the planning requirements of the listed building.

Providing support from the project’s early stages, Marley organised a selection of tile samples for the zoo’s consideration. Following this, 13,000 of Marley’s distinctive Canterbury Clay Plain roof tiles were specified for the project. Traditionally handmade, Marley’s Canterbury Clay Plain roof tiles deliver a unique and beautiful fi nish designed to further enhance the proud history of the Grade II listed stables at the zoo.

Marley’s Technical Advisory Service (TAS) and roofing contractor Cooper & Williams Ltd (NFRC Trade Members) consulted closely with the client at all stages of the project to ensure the roof ventilation and bat access challenges were met. In particular, the specified ventilation solution at the eaves level not only meets the prevailing standard as set out in the building regulations, but it also aligns with the management of the protected bat population in proximity to its favoured nesting habitat.

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