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Shingles In-Spire Church Renovation

Shingles In-Spire Church Renovation

All Saints Church in the North Yorkshire hamlet of Burton in Lonsdale is a Grade II* listed building, completed in 1876. This Anglican church was built with sandstone and slate in the Gothic Revival style. It has been a focal point for the tight-knit, quiet community – population under 600 – that it serves, ever since.

The distinctive broach spire had been suffering from weather erosion and needed extensive repairs and renewal, in particular to the shingle cladding, as it was around 60 years old. A substantial grant was secured from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and as a listed property, experienced conservationist John Coward Architects knew the project demanded a long-life solution that was straightforward to fix and would blend in perfectly with the local rural environment. This is why it specified rustic-looking JB Shingles for the restoration of the All Saints Church spire – a product the architect had used previously.

Contractor Lambert Walker Ltd was appointed to carry out the installation of more than 150 bundles of the product. Completion by the Lambert Walker team was on time as JB Shingles and JB ShingleFix are easy to use, even in adverse weather conditions.

Produced from naturally beautiful western red cedar in Canada and accredited through the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB), JB Shingles are light to transport, quick to fix on site and require zero maintenance afterwards. With one of the lowest carbon footprints of any widely used building product, they offer a high degree of thermal insulation, are extremely durable, treated with a clear preservative and weather consistently to blend into the environment. JB Shingles come with a 40-year guarantee and as the North Yorkshire church needed to harmonise with its surroundings, were an ideal choice.

Mark Antrobus, senior quantity surveyor at Lambert Walker, described JB Shingles as “a splendid product, most suitable for this situation. Shingles are not commonly used by us, but the fixing instructions were clear and thorough. We were able to complete on time, to the client team’s total satisfaction, despite the adverse weather.”

To find out more about using JB Shingles for heritage, conservation and prestige projects, contact your local Burton Roofing depot.