Restoring slate roof

August 1, 2003
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND -- The restoration of the vast roofscape of one of Edinburgh's most prominent features -- the St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott -- has recently been completed using Westmorland Green natural slate roofing supplied by Cumbria-based Burlington Slate. Specified by Edinburgh-based architects, Crichton Lang Willis and Galloway, Westmorland Green slate was selected for the Cathedral, as it provided the closest color match to the Aberfoyle slates that originally adorned its many roofs. About 3,000 square meters of 9- x 18-inch pieces of slate have been laid by roofing contractors HL Bolton to help restore the Cathedral's many roof areas.

In addition to the Cathedral's main and nave roof, the Westmorland Green slate also is employed on the choir roofs, north and south choir aisle and aisle roofs, the north and south transept roofs and Chapter House roof. Constructed principally out of sandstone from the Craigleith Quarry, the Cathedral is renowned for its three spires, the main one towering to 270 feet, and which is supported by internal diagonal buttresses.

With its foundation laid in 1874, the Cathedral stands today as an active place of worship, and focuses on the concern of the disadvantaged at home and abroad for ecological matters.

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