Welsh Slate has added to its impressive award roster by featuring on a host of recent winning projects

The redevelopment of the historic Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, which featured County-grade Penrhyn Heather Blue slates on several buildings, including the Grade I listed Main Mill - the forerunner of the modern skyscraper - has won the region’s Building of the Year award in the 2024 RIBA West Midlands Awards.

Chosen from a shortlist of 12 projects, the major retrofit project by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios took the main prize and will now go on to be considered for the RIBA National Awards on July 11th, which will in turn, be used to compile the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, drawn later this year.

Judges said the building represented “an exemplar of sustainable refurbishment to support the next 100 years of use for a building with a particularly innovative design heritage.”

RIBA Regional Director of London, Jessica Barker, said: “This year’s winners showcase a positive future for architecture, with sustainability and a fabric-first approach dominating the list. The conservation work on Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, our West Midlands Building of the Year, is nothing short of exemplary and shows that, along with the community, education and environmental focus of the rest of the winners, localised architecture has a wider reaching impact.”

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings also won RIBA West Midlands Project Architect of the Year 2024, Client of the Year 2024, and Conservation Award 2024.

Welsh Slate also featured in every project using slate that won at the NFRC Roofing Awards 2024 on May 10th.

EJ Roberts Roofing Contractors won the Multi-Discipline Project over £250,000 award for their work on the Lucent project, as pictured above - the redevelopment of London’s iconic Piccadilly Lights, a triangular site with a mixture of 13 buildings of different ages, architectural styles, listings, ownerships and uses.

They are now brought together under a new roof of Welsh Slate’s County-grade 500mm x 300mm and 500mm x 250mm Cwt-y-Bugail Dark Blue Grey slates laid over 1,750m2 on pitches ranging from 20° to 80°.

In addition, Martin Brooks (Roofing Specialists) won the Roof Slating award for The Round House in Leeds which used Welsh Slate’s Penrhyn Heather Blues.

Matt Timby won the Small Scale Project under £25,000 award for St Andrews Bell Tower which also used Penrhyn Heather Blues.

Then Emerton Roofing (Western) won the Heritage Roofing award for East Manley Hall which used reclaimed Welsh Slate.

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