Spymaster’s Burlesdon Lodge rebuild uses Redland clay tiles

  • 2 Apr 2015

Burlesdon Lodge, original ‘M’ spy master’s house

Spymaster’s Burlesdon Lodge rebuild using Redland Rosemary Clay Craftsman roof tile

Burlesdon Lodge was originally built in 1920 for Mansfield Cummings, the founder of MI6 and original ‘M’ spy master.

The property was later bought by the Sneezum family who turned it into a family home.

The area surrounding Burlesdon Lodge is protected land.

The rebuild project worked with conservation officers to design and reconstruct the house and remain sympathetic to the original materials.

Redland free SpecMaster service

The Chartered Building Surveyors, Ross Associates worked closely with Redland to develop a specification for the roof utilising Redland’s free-of-charge SpecMaster service.

Specification included

  • all the tiles and components
  • ensured the roof was built to current standards
  • maintained the traditional appearance of the original house

Rosemary Clay Craftsman tiles

Original roof tiles being replaced were a mix of clay plain tiles from a local tileworks.

Replacement roof tiles selected were Rosemary Clay Craftsman tiles in Albury and Hawkhurst for the vertical.

Handcrafted finish of this tile features a variable hanging length and authentic natural textures to create a heritage, weathered look while retaining all the qualities and benefits of a brand new tile.

Rosemary CraftsmanClay Plain Tiles conform to BS EN 1304: 2013 Clay roofing tiles and fittings – Product definitions and specifications.

Ian Ross, Chartered Building Surveyor: ñWhen we began work on Burlesdon Lodge, the only part of the original house that was still standing was the external wall. We had to keep the original building in mind the whole way through the design process and make sure that the finished project reflected what was lost. The Craftsman was chosen because it so closely resembled the original tile. Whilst the new roof had to be built to current regulations, it was imperative that we maintained the historical characteristics of the original building.î

Derek Kenway,roofing contractor Botley Roofing: ñThe specification drawn up by Redland helped to make everything clear, it was the first time we had utilised the SpecMaster so it was a bit of a change for us. The tiles and components were easy to work with and everyone involved was very happy with the results.î

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