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Welsh slate proves just the topping for Queen’s Lace

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Queens Lace welsh slate roof

Welsh Slate, part of the Breedon Group, has added another prestigious property to its growing list of new-build houses in the South East of England.

When professional landscaper Claire Merriman commissioned Surrey architects Mitchell Evans to design the latest project in her burgeoning property development portfolio, they put forward Welsh Slate to provide the roofing materials.

Some 14,000, or 500 m2 of 500 mm x 250 mm Cwt-Y-Bugail Celtic-grade roof slates, have now been used on her latest project—the house Queen’s Lace on the edge of a conservation area in the village of Shamley Green.

The new five-bedroom, five-bathroom house in five acres of stunning countryside in Surrey, Queen’s Lace, is almost half as big again as the 1950s five-bedroom house it replaces.

Claire’s brief was for a modern take on the arts and crafts architecture typical of the area. This is reflected in the roof which has mostly been laid to a 47° pitch, apart from the lowest four courses of slates which are at a shallower pitch.

Mitchell Evans said “Anything would look good with Welsh Slate’s product on it’ and I think they are right. It is a wonderful brand, something real and authentic. You feel you have sold out if you go for anything other than Welsh slate. I was also delighted it was cheaper than I was expecting.

The Welsh slates were installed by MJM Roofing. Managing director Malcolm Marshall said: “We have used Welsh Slate on several occasions, mainly on large, new-build houses around the South East, and have never had an issue with quality.

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