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Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
Architect: Clague Harpenden
Slate Used: SSQ First Sarria® Blue roofing slate
Built in 1767, this grade I-listed, Robert Adams’ mansion is set in over a thousand acres of Capability Brown landscaping; in its heyday it was famed for its over-indulgent opulence being warmly described as having ‘tassels on its tassels’. Having stood empty for many years, Luton Hoo reopened in April 2008 after a major project to restore, refurbish and convert it into a luxurious, 144-bedroom hotel and leisure complex.
Additional rooms and facilities have been added next to the mansion including guest rooms in the elegant new Parkland Wing (roof shown right) and Flower Garden Wing, new staff accommodation and a fabulous, oak-framed swimming-pool building.
The mansion’s original roof gardens were replaced with a new mansard roof finished with reclaimed Welsh Slate. This made the choice of roofing slate for the new buildings critical: it had to be high quality, be readily available and complement the Welsh Slate used on the mansion. SSQ Sarria® Blue roofing slate was recommended by Complete Roofing
Contractors and, once accepted, over 80,000 slates were eventually used. MD Gary Lambert commented, “Everyone liked Sarria! Its flatness and consistency made it easy for us to cut and lay and the client was delighted with its appearance – it blends perfectly.”