- Project Bletchingdon School
- Sector Education
- Location South East
- Tile Product Clay Plain Tile
- RTA Member Dreadnought
Built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the plans for this £3.5 million School and Community Centre needed approval from the Duchy as well as the Parish and District councils.
The architect had designed the project to look timeless and so required a product which had a natural colour generated by the firing. It was known that Dreadnought can achieve this as their products had been used in North Oxford and in Conservation Areas because of the range of colours and mix they can provide to match an existing context.
After searching the market, Dreadnought’s Red Blue blend plain tiles were selected because the natural process means that some tiles are red, others blue, and many have a bit of each – the other red blue tiles considered were more uniform and had a very similar grading of red to blue in each tile, which can look artificial on a large area.
The commercial tiles met budget restrictions and since installing the roof the client is really pleased by the way the imperfections in the tile shape mean they sit slightly differently on the roof giving amazing variation in reflection as the sun hits the product.