MANUFACTURING company Welsh//Slate has ramped up production at a historic quarry in response to growing demand.
A total of 24 production operatives have been reassigned to Cwt-y-Bugail Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, from Welsh//Slate’s headquarters at nearby Penrhyn Quarry.
It comes as the company looks to increase the amount of slate being produced from Cwt-y-Bugail.
Slate from Cwt-y-Bugail is currently being used on several prestigious projects in North Wales and across the UK, as well as internationally.
More than 1,700 sq m of dark blue grey riven stone slate from the quarry is being used to clad the £45m Snowhill commercial property development in Birmingham city centre.
It is also being used in a high-profile re-development project at a landmark building on The Strand in London.
The 10-storey Marconi House building is being converted to a five-star hotel called the ME London, owned by Spanish firm Melia Hotels International.
Closer to home, 10,000 slates have been supplied for use in the Blaenau Ffestiniog town centre regeneration project.
Mark Hodgkinson, production director at Welsh//Slate, said: “We are increasing production at Cwt-y-Bugail in order to satisfy growing demand, and ensure that our current customer base continues to be well served.
“It should be a great source of pride for the people of North Wales that slate from Cwt-y-Bugail is being put to such fantastic use, both at home and further afield.
“Welsh//Slate is committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the finest architectural and roofing slate for prestigious projects locally, nationally and around the world.”
Welsh slate is considered by industry experts to be the “Rolls Royce” of roofing materials. It is the toughest natural slate product known to man and has the longest lifecycle of any slate.
Welsh slate is used primarily for grade I and II listed buildings, plus high end commercial and self build projects.