Russell Roof Tiles secures £1m MOD project

Burton-based Russell Roof Tiles has won its largest single project in five years, delivering £1m worth of pitched roof tiles and accessories for a £250m Ministry of Defence (MOD) development, currently underway on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

The development is the largest MOD housing scheme currently underway in the UK and will see 917 modern homes, built across two Wiltshire towns, Larkhill and Ludgershall as well as the village of Bulford.

Contractor, Lovell Partnerships Limited appointed Russell Roof Tiles, which currently employs 100 people at its two sites based on Nicholson Way and Wetmore Lane in Burton, as the sole roofing supplier. The manufacturer created a specific delivery schedule for all three sites which provided Lovell with the assurance and commitment it needed when working on such a large-scale project.

With an estimated completion date of Spring 2020, the large-scale development is part of the Army Basing Programme, which includes around 4,000 British troops returning from Germany and relocating within the UK in 2019. The development will comprise of three to four bedroomed houses and a small number of bungalows, adapted for families that have special requirements.

Over the next 18 months, Russell Roof Tiles will supply tiles in two different profiles from its Commercial Range – Grampian in Slate Grey and Double Roman in Terracotta.

James Pendleton, Regional Sales Director, at Russell Roof Tiles said: “This is a large-scale and significant project and we are proud to be involved in the project, delivering our market-leading and sustainable products and systems.

“The Russell Roof Tiles team will utilise its incredible expertise and knowledge of previously working with Ministry of Defence and Lovell Partnerships Limited to deliver an efficient and high level of service. We look forward to working closely with the team over the next 18 months.”

Previously, Russell Roof Tiles worked in partnership with Lovell Partnerships Limited to deliver 346 homes for the Ministry of Defence in Stafford in 2014 and 2015, as part of the £50m Project BORONA redevelopment that also saw new barracks accommodation as well as new offices, workshops, shops and leisure facilities.

At the time, the manufacturer supplied 350,000 Grampian tiles on a schedule which had to run with military precision to achieve the strict delivery and programme deadlines.

Rob Worboys, Procurement and Sustainability Manager for Lovell Partnerships Ltd, said: “Lovell were attracted to Russell Roof Tiles for a number of reasons, not least of which being their commitment to producing quality products within a sustainable & innovative manufacturing environment, demonstrated by their “Silver” membership of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, an organisation Lovell is pleased to support.

“Russell Roof Tiles’ track record of successful delivery on our premier Housing schemes across a number of years was also a major factor and the team have worked closely with our Operations team in planning deliveries to meet our ambitious programme, a great example of partnership working to achieve mutual goals.”

Russell Roof Tiles is a leading independent roof tile manufacturer providing products for leading UK house builders and high-profile social housing and commercial projects, where sustainability and eco-credentials are of the utmost priority.