Crest’s growing reputation upon delivering high-quality building products for affordable housing

11 Mar 2021

Troutbeck Blackpool

Crest's impressive range of building products helps create affordable housing in Blackpool

Crest’s growing reputation upon delivering high-quality building products are now becoming the preferred choice for architects, housing associations and local councils on affordable sustainable housing projects. 

The award-winning social housing project at Goldsmith Street in Norwich has created interest throughout the UK in Crest’s range of clay facing bricks and roof tiles. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of superior clay and concrete roof tiles our specialist team can create bespoke engineered tiles and are committed to provide solutions for architects on roof construction.

Crest is currently working in conjunction with contractors on the redevelopment of Troutbeck Crescent in Blackpool. The aim of this project is, to demolish the existing 81 flats, and replace them with a scheme of new build affordable rent homes, of which there would be a mix of one, two and three bedroomed units up to three storeys in height.

The redevelopment is proposed to address the continuing unpopularity of the existing flats by Council tenants and to improve the condition and quality of the accommodation available for social rent in the Borough. The development works proposed include the construction of 75 terraced properties, accessible units and apartments for affordable rent alongside associated highways, landscaping and public realm works. 

The preferred choice for the project was Crest Nelskamp Planum Duo concrete roof tile, which has a mock bond feature that gives a realistic appearance of a smaller format roof tile while providing all the advantages of a large format concrete tile. The team at Crest created a mansard roof tile display to show a selection of colours available which helped the team of Architects see how the proposed roof would look, and from the display Onyx Black and Slate Grey were chosen to create a chequered roof tile effect.  Using Crest’s bespoke services, they incorporated Mansard vertical tiles, which are purpose made to suit the roof pitch.

Troutbeck Crescent

Crest Nelskamp Mansard roof tiles, purpose made to suit roof pitch

Crest Nelskamp roof tiles are recognised for their use of high-quality robust materials and proven manufacturing techniques and are the perfect choice for this project.  With the most modern production facilities and special preparation treatments, they ensure consistency and long-lasting quality. The Top Long-life revolutionary protective finish comes as standard on the Planum concrete range, with its ultrasmooth flat finish, acrylic colour coating and polymers sealing the tile giving “Pore Free” edges. The self-cleaning Long-life coating has a distinctive pore seal and ensures no absorption of moisture and dirt. The tile also offers colour resistance and protection against UV degradation.

The team at Crest are delighted to have been given the opportunity to supply roof tiles for this important project which addresses then need for more affordable housing in Blackpool. The aim is to deliver a development that is sustainable in the long term and

  • Provides an attractive environment that integrates with the surrounding suburban area of Mereside and the Whyndyke Farm development creating an inviting gateway into Blackpool.
  • Promotes a strong community by helping existing residents remain in the area.
  • Provides a mix of housing types to meet the needs of households with different incomes.
  • Provides opportunities for surrounding residents to give their views and engage in the redevelopment process.
  • Balances working people and people with the greatest housing needs in letting the new homes.
  • Makes good use of financial resources by delivering a cost-effective development that can be funded from rents received at the development over the next 35 years.
  •  Supports the local economy by maximising the use of locally-based building contractors and local labour.
  • Provides training opportunities to young people in the area.


Mansard Display

Crest Nelskamp team specially designed roof tile display

*As per European trademark Nr.7287956, filed on 2nd October 2008, the Trademark PLANUM belongs to La Escandella. It is Dachziegelwerke Nelskamp as authorized licensee of the owner allowed to use the mark PLANUM for its concrete product.

To find out how Crest can help you transform your project into something exceptional or for more information on our building products contact us on 01430 432667.

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