Wienerberger’s Heritage Service helped to extend a traditional 1950s Cotswolds building. This arts & crafts-inspired house needed more space and therefore, a contemporary tile-clad pavilion was added. It was also featured on the British Channel 4 program, ‘Best Laid Plans’ presented by Charlie Luxton.

Project details

Project name Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom
Architects Lawrence Grigg and Lydia Robinson, Design Storey
Products used Bespoke handmade roof tiles
 

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom © Andrew Smith – SG Photography

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom © Andrew Smith – SG Photography

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom © Andrew Smith – SG Photography

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom © Andrew Smith – SG Photography

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Grevel Lane, Cotswolds, United Kingdom © Andrew Smith – SG Photography

Adaption for more space

When architects Lawrence Grigg and Lydia Robinson from Design Storey, an architecture and development company, were looking to adapt a traditional 1950s Cotswolds building to create a contemporary addition, Wienerberger’s Heritage Service helped them in the realization process. Not only did the renovation of the house need to create usable space but it also needed to complement the exciting architecture whilst adapting the façade of the vertical wall tiles and the roof. Furthermore, it was vital that the color of the new roof complemented the existing range of materials used for Cotswold stone walls and concrete tiled roofs.

Handmade roof tiles embody the region´s spirit

To meet these challenges in the planning process, the architects selected Wienerberger’s Heritage Service to design and create bespoke handmade roof tiles for the project which evoked the local arts and crafts heritage. Nigel Dyer, Heritage Service Manager at Wienerberger, and Ian Martinson, a Master Craftsman at the company, worked closely with the architects, creating a mock roof section in the factory, both to show the concept and to enable the craftsmen to design the bespoke fittings for the new contemporary addition to match the special requirements of the project’s aesthetic.

Like an artwork

To ensure that the natural look and feel of the building was maintained, there was a need for clay roof tiles, because clay is not only ideal to develop and create with, but it also lends a building an exceptional flair, unlike any other building material. Each handmade roof tile is like a piece of art in its own right. The architects liked the handmade roof tiles so much that they have displayed them on a shelf in the house.
 
“Our brief was a challenging one, as every external surface was clad in tile, from the roof to the walls. However, we were keen to create a monolithic and contemporary interpretation of the Cotswold vernacular – and Wienerberger’s Heritage Services Team helped us do it.” - Lydia Robinson, project architect from Design Storey

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