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Roofing in Rugby

With numbers of people aged 75 and over expected to double by 2040, providing extra care facilities are increasingly important. Russell Roof Tiles helps out.

Roofing in Rugby

In 2013 the local authorities in Coventry and Warwickshire jointly commissioned preparation of a Joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment for their functional housing market area, which found there is a net requirement for 14,218 units of Extra Care Housing by 2031.

A large £7.2 million extra care development in Rugby, consisting of 61 apartments, goes some way to address this.

The Housing&Care21 project, partly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, has been purpose built for people aged 55 and over who require support and care services, and was delivered by Willmott Dixon.

Russell Roof Tiles supplied 28,000 Russell Lothian tiles for the project, combining the traditional appearance of slates with the security, economy, and sustainable credentials of an interlocking concrete tile. Russell Roof Tiles worked closely with roofing contractor, Firth Roofing, to install the project.

The facility has a full Russell Roof System, including a full dry fix solution. Russell Roof Tiles’ dry fix products are all fully compliant with the new British Standard Code of practice for tiling and slating, BS 5534:2014, published in the face of more frequent extreme weather events, and designed to make roofs more secure.

Andrew Hayward, Russell Roof Tiles managing director, said: “The extra care development in Rugby was a great project to work on. We are seeing more and more extra care developments being built across the country, in the face of the growing elderly population.

“Concrete roof tiles are a long life, durable product and require minimal maintenance once installed. The versatility of concrete allows for an authentic slate effect roof tile with the benefits of offering greater strength. Our modern manufacturing methods deliver a technically consistent and quality product.”

Russell Roof Tiles is currently working with a number of housing associations across the UK on other innovative social and extra care projects.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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