Wienerberger has celebrated its recent acquisition of the handmade roof tile brand Keymer by hosting a special event at the Tower of London.
The event, attended by professionals from across the construction industry, involved various updates from individuals within the Wienerberger Group in addition to a keynote speech from world-renowned architect Maxwell Hutchinson.
The speech discussed the importance of modern custodianship of historic buildings and the role of manufacturers such as Keymer in the preservation of historic buildings.
During the celebration, Production Team Leader Ian Martinson demonstrated the skills of Keymer staff by creating a clay ‘Beefeater’ sculpture. The sculpture featured intricate details including the royal insignia found on the guards’ uniforms.
Keymer will apply the same skills within its production of handmade tiles and other aspects of the heritage service, including finials.
Annette Forster, Director of Marketing at Wienerberger, was delighted with the success of the event at the Tower of London.
She commented: “Keymer is a high quality British brand that needs maintaining and supporting and it was great to be able to present our passion for the brand to our guests. What’s more we’re very grateful to Maxwell for his speech which highlighted the importance of Keymer within the current world of preservation and architectural best practice.”
Since its acquisition by Wienerberger, Keymer has maintained its reputation for using traditional manufacturing techniques, now from its new home at Wienerberger’s Ewhurst factory in Surrey.
With access to a quarry that still holds reserves of Weald clay, predicted to last for at least the next 200 years, Keymer will continue to produce the same quality tiles it has over the past century.
Keymer tiles will be available for future restoration projects that will join the ranks of iconic historic landmarks including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle and St James’ Palace.