Stone World

U.K. show house uses local stone inside and out

July 1, 2007
The “Ruskin” Show House from Potton’s new Renaissance collection in the U.K. features a roof of Blue/Grey natural slate from Burlington of Cumbria, England.


Natural slate roofing and natural stone flooring from Burlington of Cumbria, England, adorns both the exterior and interior of the Potton Show House - one of the main showpieces at the recently opened National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon. Created by BuildStore and standing as the U.K.’s first endeavor of its kind, the three-bedroom, timber frame Potton Show House featured within the Centre utilizes Burlington Blue/Grey natural slate roofing, and the company’s stone floor tiles have been installed within the hall, dining room/kitchen and utility room.
As a key trade and industry partner supporting the Centre, Burlington has supplied some 12 tons of Blue/Grey natural slate roofing as 18-inch pieces to create a uniform roofline appearance that was installed by Stirling & Johnson. A widely specified roofing material for new build and renovation projects, Burlington’s natural slate roofing was chosen for its aesthetic and technical properties.
Internally within the Potton Show House, visitors are greeted by a hallway that is finished in Burlington’s Blue/Grey Kirkby natural stone. These tiles, which feature a honed finish, measure 40 x 40 x 1.2 cm in size. The slate is complemented by a border and thresholds finished in Caulfield - one of the company’s recently launched natural limestones, which has a rich tone that is accentuated with mottled markings.
For added continuity, Burlington’s Blue/Grey Kirkby stone - installed by Bristol Marble - was also specified as the floor covering for the kitchen/dining room and utility area. In these spaces, the natural stone flooring was laid in random lengths with fixed widths of 200, 300 and 400 mm.
Commenting on Burlington’s involvement with the project, Founder and Chief Executive Raymond Connor said: “The Centre has attracted the interests of many leading suppliers to the self build and renovation market, and we are obviously delighted to have Burlington, the U.K.’s leading natural stone producer, supporting this initiative in such a prominent way. The products look excellent both on the roof of the Potton Show House and within its interior, and as such we feel confident that these products will definitely be one of the talking points amongst those who visit the Centre.”
On behalf of Burlington, Joint Managing Director Malcolm Hatch added, “We are extremely excited to be supporting The National Self Build and Renovation Centre by featuring our products both on and within one of the main showpieces, particularly given the fact that the Potton Show House is a stunning example of what can be achieved by self building.”