Vertical slate cladding is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst architects all over the world thanks to its exceptional longevity, easy installation methods, fire and weather resistance, and above all, its matchless aesthetic appearance. Natural slate is truly becoming a multipurpose material within the construction and design industry. We have been seeing examples of [...]
Del Carmen Projects
An exclusive slate from the Del Carmen quarry in the Cabrera Mountains of North-West Spain, Del Carmen is consistently hand picked by architects around the world for its unrivalled beauty and exceptional high quality. Explore the case studies below to see why…
Our projects in Australia have quickly become some of our best work. SSQ boasts one of the strongest brands in Australia with the Del Carmen, Ultra grade slate. Working alongside Melbourne’s very own Roof Services for the last 20 years, we have supplied some interesting projects that demonstrate the qualities of the Del Carmen [...]
A project utilising our Del Carmen Spanish Slate took home the award for Roof Slating at this year’s UK Roofing Awards, hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC). The NFRC is the largest and most influential roofing trade association in the UK, promoting both quality products and contractors, while ensuring that its [...]
Working with Balgores Roofing to bring the mixed-use project at Kent County Cricket Club (KCCC) to life, SSQ has supplied in excess of 8,000 m2 of its Del Carmen, First grade, slates for installation on the roofs of new homes surrounding the club. The residential part of the mixed-use scheme, which comprises 48 detached three, [...]
With over 30 years’ experience in the slate roofing industry, SSQ has been selected to provide 185,000 of its Del Carmen, Ultra grade, slates to the Royal Military Academy in Surrey. Fixed directly to the battens with 38mm x 3.35mm copper nails, in order to deliver a sleek, uniform look that would blend in well [...]
As part of the Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire development project, SSQ Slate has worked with Kier Construction to provide approximately 10,000 Del Carmen First grade slates for installation on the new community centre roof. As part of a wider development project, incorporating a new school and housing for local residents, the new Rissington community centre [...]
Suffering substantial earthquake damage earlier in 2014, the roof of a residential property in Christchurch, New Zealand has been given a new lease of life following the installation of 13,500 of SSQ’s Del Carmen, Ultra grade, slates. Following investigations, the previous slate installation had proved too brittle – following the damage to the roof, [...]
Installed across the pitched roofs of two new apartment buildings in Castle Lane – a mixed use development overlooking the historic Swansea Castle, SSQ’s Del Carmen Ultra slate has helped to create an impressive look and feel that is also in keeping with conservation requirements. With the local planning authorities stating a strict need [...]
Providing care support for 90 people in a two-storey purpose built building, the roof of Fremantle Court care home has been completed following the installation of more than 30,000 of SSQ’s Del Carmen slates. Being a £6million premium care facility, it was important to ensure that all materials used were of the very best quality. [...]
In order to achieve a uniform aesthetic at Haverfordwest’s brand new 60 bed Premier Inn and Marstons pub, more than 35,000 of SSQ’s Del Carmen and Monteverde slates have recently been installed. With the new buildings erected alongside one another, it was important to ensure that the two roofs complemented each other perfectly. This was [...]
Both set in strict conservation areas, Linden Homes’ new projects at Kilmersdon Hill, Somerset and Hereford Road in Abergavenny required the use of sympathetic materials that would meet heritage requirements. As a result, SSQ’s heritage accepted Del Carmen slates were selected and installed across nine and 27 new homes respectively. With a need to [...]
Helping to achieve an unrivalled aesthetic whilst also meeting heritage requirements, SSQ Slate has provided its exclusive Del Carmen Ultra slate to the new Hope House building at the Royal High School, Bath – part of the Cranwell House expansion project. Due to strict conservation requirements, a roofing material was needed which would meet [...]
Originally built in 1973, Thingoe House extra care development in Bury St. Edmunds required a complete renovation. As such, SSQ Slate provided 25,000 of its Del Carmen slates to help bring a new lease of life to the existing roof. Located in a conservation area, there was a requirement to ensure that all renovation works [...]
Residential projects undertaken by an established partnership between regional market leaders Midas Homes and Western Counties Roofing are now benefiting from a smooth, integrated package of technical support and product supply from SSQ.
Originally a 600-acre gravel quarry, the area has been restored back to nature and is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by Rockingham Forest Trust. Designed by Laurie Wood Architects, the construction of the park’s stunning visitor centre embraces the key principales of environemtal sustainability and is designed to be low energy and carbon neutral.
St George’s Church was founded in the late-1950s to serve the needs of the Britwell Estate being built by the GLC to provide overspill housing for north-west London. In 2002 St George’s Church was declared unsafe and demolished three years later. Allen Associates Architects was appointed and given a brief to design ‘a robust, but welcoming and homely, new church and community centre, making use of natural materials and renewable energy.’
I’ve checked with Guinness World Records and there are currently just two entries that mention roofs. And regrettably neither of them relate to Natural Slate. I say this because I reckon if there were entries related to slate, we would probably have set a new record at this year’s Roofex exhibition. The annual show attracts [...]
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage site. The project involved sympathetically restoring the disused farm buildings and converting them into a modern office complex surrounding two courtyards. The new, 17,000 sq ft office complex would then become the head office for the Oxford-based Ridge Group.
The development recreates a Georgian-style mansion house. SSQ worked closely with Beaufort Homes during the design and construction of Cavendish Lodge to ensure the quality, colour and texture of the roofing slates chosen were in keeping with those used on the surrounding buildings and met English Heritage’s demanding approval.
The visitor centre at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Chafford Gorges Nature Park accommodates a range of visitor and operations facilities in a building that’s in harmony with both its location and purpose, its curved design helping to shield the houses from the visitors gaze, focusing their attention into the gorge and its wildlife.