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Case Study - Rspca educational building

Highly Commended - Best New Build Clay Roof 

RSPCA Education building 3Clay Roof Tiles:
Dreadnought Brown Antique Smoothfaced plain tiles, eaves, gables and monoridges
Roofing Contractor:
Roofrite (Shropshire) Ltd
Huw Griffiths Architects Ltd





RSPCA Education building 4

The client's brief was to include a facility for the education and enlightenment of both children and adults at the new Animal Centre at Gonsal Farm.

The oval shape was conceived as part of an enclosed garden where children could roam and gather differing levels of knowledge and information in a safe environment




RSPCA Education building 1The design criteria required a striking building of character, different in shape and style to the numerous other buildings on site.  One of the principal challenges encountered with the curved roof, was the junction of numerous rafters at the start of the radial members to the curved ends.

Designing curved roofs requires a product where roofers are not required to hand select tiles as this would add considerable time to the roofing process.



RSPCA Education building 2Dreadnought tiles were selected for their consistent quality control and dimensional stability not present in handmade tiles.  This consistency ensured the same degree of curvature to both ends of the building.





RSPCA Education building

The unusual shape and roof structure contributes substantially to create a building, which is not only warm and inviting but also of interest to all who visit there.

Dreadnought Tiles is a company with an impeccable pedigree and it was a pleasure to see them continuing to thrive and innovate. Black Country craftmanship and quality at its best.” Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

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