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1950s Cotswold building encounters Wienerberger wonder

  • 6 Dec 2017

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Wienerberger’s Heritage Service has successfully helped transform an authentic 1950s Cotswold building into a contemporary house.

Architects from Design Storey, an Architecture and Development Company, were able to turn the arts & crafts themed house into a tremendously renovated property, featuring a contemporary tile clad pavilion extension.

The project has recently been seen on Channel 4’s new programme, ‘Best Laid Plans’, with Charlie Luxton presenting.

The house was required to contain a usable space and bespoke features, whilst complementing the enticing architecture, as well as adapting the façade of the vertical wall tiles and roof.

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Also vital was for the colour of the renovated roof to suit the existing palette of materials of Cotswold stone walls and concrete tiled roofs well.

Wienerberger’s Heritage Service were chosen to design and develop bespoke handmade roof tiles, evoking the strong arts and crafts heritage of the surroundings.

Working closely alongside the architects were two representatives from Wienerberger; Heritage Service Manager Nigel Dyer and Master Craftsman Ian Martinson.

Together, a mock roof section in the factory was created, with the intention of showing the concept and to enable the craftsmen to design the bespoke fittings to match the special requirements of the project’s visuals.

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Lydia Robinson, from architects Design Storey, said: “We were keen to create a monolithic and contemporary interpretation of the Cotswold vernacular  and Wienerberger’s Heritage Services Team helped us do it.

“From the visit to the factory to see our tiles being made, through to working through the design details with the technical team, we were all committed to achieving a high quality end result.

“Each tile is like piece of art in its own right; in fact, we love them so much that we’ve displayed them on a shelf in the house!”

Nigel Dyer from Wienerberger talked about the success of the project: “Clay is ideal to develop and create with, and the remit could not be achieved with any other material.

“The project was a great collaboration between the architects, the factory and everybody in the Heritage Services Team.”

 

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