Sep 17, 2019 Last Updated 10:52 AM, Aug 14, 2019

Sustainable housing is high on the agenda for Russell

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A high-quality new home development has provided 32 much-needed affordable flats and houses for residents in Bristol.


Hartcliffe is just over three miles from Bristol’s city centre. Built on a previous brownfield site, William Jessop Way now has a mixture of one- and two-bedroom flats and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. With a number of local amenities and schools nearby alongside a college opposite, the scheme was developed because there was a high demand for housing in the area.

Building with energy efficiency in mind

Housing association, Knightstone, and partnership housing developer, Lovell, worked closely together to deliver the homes for rent, ensuring that each one of the properties incorporated high levels of energy efficiency for the residents.

It was important that the Homes and Communities Agency’s Design and Quality standards – an expectation for housing quality which must be met by affordable housing providers – was implemented throughout the design and build of the scheme. This included adapting each home to the continually changing climate and helping future residents to reduce their energy consumption which would help them save money in the long term.

To guarantee this, each home achieves the equivalent of Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes – a code to measure the level of sustainability in new homes, taking into consideration energy emissions, materials, pollution, waste and ecology. Each property also met the Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards which avoids the cost, and need, to change or adapt the home in the future.

Energy efficiency reaches the rooftops

A roof is one of the most important aspects of any new build as it makes up 40% of the home’s facade, leaving a large impact on the property’s appearance.

In the UK, there are four main pitched roof tile choices: concrete, slate, clay and stone. Concrete versions of the latter three are the most widely used on around 60% of properties, natural slates are used at 20% of the total and clay tiles around 10%. The remaining 10% is made of various other materials.

The concrete roof tile provides a sustainable, long-lasting solution in comparison to other materials and is the only roofing tile material manufactured by Russell Roof Tiles. Each of the products are installed using normal standards of good workmanship and meet the requirements of the British Standard for slating and tiling (BS 5534 and BS 8000 – Part 6).

Therefore, to meet the high quality of standards set out for the new homes, Lovell was required to work closely with Russell Roof Tiles – a leading roof tile manufacturer which has always been committed to providing sustainable products and taking environmental responsibilities seriously on every project.

Russell Roof Tiles also has an excellent performance rating accreditation for BES 6001: Issue 3 – the most recent version of the BRE Framework for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products by the BRE (Building Research Establishment) meaning the company achieves maximum credits towards BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The team at Russell has also installed a management system which complies with the requirements of ISO 14001:2015. This pursues a policy of pollution prevention and incorporates sustainable development principles.

By working together with Russell, Lovell was able to ensure the new builds would remain sustainable while meeting the necessary requirements and that the roof tiles would provide consistency and longevity – saving future lifetime costs for Knightstone.

Andrew Hayward, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “At Russell, we do everything that we can to ensure that we have the least impact on the environment; from the manufacturing of the product to delivery. Concrete is also a highly sustainable product.

“It was great that we were able to work with Lovell and Knightstone to help bring much-needed affordable housing to Bristol and provide a long-life product for the new residents, meeting the necessary sustainable guidelines.”

Russell lays foundations

Russell Roof Tiles provided the project with 20,000 of its Galloway tiles in Rustic Peat and Slate Grey colours which forms part of Russell’s Natural Range of products – an expanding selection of thinner leading-edge interlocking concrete tiles. When laid, the tile gives the appearance of a small-format tile or traditional plain tile with the commercial benefit of a larger format tile.

The Galloway tile also gives a slate appearance when laid half broken bonded. It was chosen because its appearance is in-keeping with the slate roof characteristic in the area.

Andrew added: “At Russell, we understand how important it is that our tiles replicate the appearance of traditional roof tiles in each area but that they also provide the benefits of durability and greater strength. Our concrete tiles help to achieve this, providing a technically consistent, enduring product.”

Russell Roof Tiles is a leading independent roof tile manufacturer providing products for leading UK house-builders and high-profile social housing and commercial projects, where sustainability and eco-credentials are the utmost priority.

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