The Gables

Project overview

Project name: The Gables
Client: CSN Consulting LLP
Sub contractor: N T Sweeting Roofing Contractors
Solution: BMI Rosemary Clay Plain tile and BMI SpecMaster

When the new owners of The Gables, a striking Arts & Crafts Victorian Residence, discovered the roof needed replacing, finding a solution that would preserve the heritage aesthetic of the property was paramount, but it was also important to ensure the roofing materials and workmanship were on par with the original installation. 

More than just a tile

Built in 1896, The Gables is set in formal gardens and the replacement tiles had to match not merely the architectural integrity of the property but also blend in well with the wider landscape. The use of a traditional clay tile fit the brief best,  with the BMI Redland Rosemary, its heritage pedigree dating back to 1837,  being the obvious choice.

BMI UK & Ireland’s SpecMaster service was also chosen by the client, which provides a comprehensive bespoke specification for any pitched roof and on-going support from BMI’s technical Specification team, to ensure each element is installed correctly and to specification. On completion, the roof is covered by a 15 year guarantee.

Working with BMI worked well, we had no issues and advice was timely and welcome Neil Sweeting, Director NT Sweeting Roofing Contractors

Rigorous testing

The modern Rosemary plain clay tile has been thoroughly tested in BMI’s wind tunnel, ensuring that the tiles will meet all the requirements of BS 5534: 2014 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling.


The roof itself was complex and large, at more than 220m2 in area, including 15 valleys, and 10 hips. The works also included dismantling, renovating and reinstating a hexagonal turret and three chimney stacks plus replacing a 6m2 flat roof that required recovering with lead, including timber wood core rolls.

Before the project started, BMI surveyed the roof, drew up the specification and advised upon materials. N T Sweeting Roofing Contractors of Stockton were appointed with advice and regular site visits from BMI. “We had site visits every three weeks to check upon workmanship and progress,” says director Neil Sweeting. “We’ve worked with BMI before so there were no issues and the advice was timely and welcome.”

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The Gables