Specification and Design


Crest Brick Slate and Tile Ltd have been supplying the construction industry for over 35 years and are now one of the UK’s leading suppliers of high-quality building products. With a passion for clay-facing bricks and roofing tiles and with an innovative approach, our multi-specialist team provide products and services for House Builders, Self-builders, Merchants and Architects.

As part of the growing success, we are delighted to introduce the Crest Specification and Design team. The new team includes Tony Askew and Neil Mace whose joint experience will help and assist architects and designers through their project journey by exposing our range of services and products.

Tony Askew has been serving the industry for 54 years, starting with local and UK brick manufacturers before joining Crest over 34 years ago which introduced him to European production. Tony’s product knowledge and development assistance with extensive liaison with Architects throughout their specification needs have been key areas over those many years.

His great passion for the products equalled with his great pride in completed projects, dovetails well with the technology available today at Crest and the experience also in that field within our Specification and Design Team.

Neil Mace has over 40 years’ experience in design and marketing, his journey started out working for the local press, a fantastic introduction for a young person starting their career. His journey at Crest started over 5 years ago. Neil’s marketing and design skills have helped elevate the Crest brand and his creativity brings a fantastic addition to the Specification and Design team.

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“From ideas to completion, we are dedicated to delivering solutions and providing services and products to help deliver successfully on all your innovative projects”.


We understand the challenges architects face when designing buildings. Whether your project is luxurious colourful apartments, modern office spaces or Passivhaus social housing we are confident you will find the ideal solution to your project's needs with our extensive range of creative, technical services and building products.

Our team are committed and only too happy to discuss any requirements for clay-facing bricks, roof tiles and our integrated PV solar roofing system. Our creative team can supply “3D Mapping” seamless brick textures available on our full brick range including the Linea long format brick collection.

We can even create unique bespoke products should the need arise which includes our Brick Design Service, as we also enjoy and appreciate being ‘different’! We have been sharing inspiration with Architects from around the UK and Europe for many years, helping them to create and deliver stunning projects for their clients and thus enhancing the reputations of all concerned.

Architects along with their clients are always welcome to visit our ‘Crest HQ’ where we are confident you will find the ideal solution to your project’s needs. We have hundreds of products available but don’t worry, our vast experience and friendly supportive approach will guide you to the ideal selection. At our East Yorkshire showroom, we have around 130 brick samples plus our Linea long format clay bricks on display together with our range of roofing tiles, PV solar systems and other innovative building products.

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“From consulting with Architects on initial design and specification of products through to efficient on-site delivery we can help ensure your vision is realised”.


Designing & Creating Special Products

Crest was proud to supply clay-facing bricks and roofing tiles to the Goldsmith Street Project, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 for Britain’s Best Building.

The Crest team was delighted to provide expert advice on this innovative social housing project. Many year’s experience and understanding of the requirements needed for a project of this magnitude proved invaluable when working alongside Architects Mikhail Riches.  This partnership created high-quality facing bricks and a bespoke roofing system, for the mix of 45 houses and 60 flats on this exciting project.

Nelissen brick manufacturers and Crest presented a selection of buff and grey bricks from their extensive portfolio range. A blend of 2 brick types was chosen, Belgravia Buff Multi and Grosvenor Grey Multi, the mix of facing bricks created a unique bespoke blend.

The complex roofing system created some technical challenges for Crest. The angles on the pitched roof required a specially engineered clay tile to form the beautiful roofscape with the roll of the tile pattern being read at both the mansard and ridge junctions a challenge set by the architects for Crest to deliver.

The team created a bespoke roofing tile, carefully designed at exactly 70º angle H14 interlocking black gloss clay pantile which flowed without interruption continuously from eave to ridge, it was a perfect match for this special project.

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"This Social Housing project showcases how inspirational architecture and high-quality building products can complement each other to create award-winning developments"

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Through continuing professional development (CPD), Crest is committed to supporting architects, developers and construction experts with opportunities to maintain and expand their professional skills and knowledge.

We offer many types of CPD activities including conferences, training and workshops on our range of building products and services. One of our latest projects included some PV Solar Installation Training for regional house builder Ward Homes Yorkshire.

Crest along with their manufacturing partner Nelskamp attended the new site in Hornsea, East Yorkshire, where the Crest team met with the site's management, roofing contractors and electrical teams.

The developers constructed a temporary roof for the training which allowed the Nelskamp technical team to show the quick and simple installation of the Solar Panels and how the “Plugin” easy-to-fix MC4 connections are fitted.

The Folly is Ward Homes Yorkshire’s next development comprising 60 new energy-efficient homes each benefiting from Crest Nelskamp Planum Concrete Roof Tiles and Integrated Solar System. The Crest team are committed to supporting them in this exciting project.

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"Ward Homes Yorkshire on-site training for the installation of the Crest Nelskamp PV Solar System"





Our passion for supplying high-quality building products to create desirable spaces is what drives us, we thrive on working with professionals to achieve outstanding buildings and can guarantee their projects will be enhanced by using our products.

Our extensive range brick range is of the highest quality and competitively priced. The range comes in various colours and textures including; reds, browns, greys, blues, blacks and whites, and is available in handmade, stock and extruded bricks.

Our design team in conjunction with our manufacturers' is constantly working to add new and exciting bricks to our range aimed at architects and developers within the industry.

Our roofing tile range also offers excellent choices from traditional Pantiles to flat interlocking smooth tiles. Our creative roofscaping comes in both clay and concrete options and is available in a fantastic range of colours, fittings and accessories and is perfect for every type of project.

Crest Planum PV Solar Tiles are an aesthetic energy system that interlock with the Planum Concrete Roof Tiles. The solar panel roof tiles are both a roof covering and an electricity-generating solution and fit seamlessly to create a virtually invisible and attractive look to the finished roof.

Crest Building Products part of the Brickability Group PLC is delighted to announce they have achieved a Gold membership level in Supply Chain Sustainability.

As part of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy ‘Together for the Future’ and our continued drive to minimise our environmental impact and reach carbon net zero in our operations by 2030, we set a goal to engage with the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) and obtain a Gold Level Membership.

For further details contact the specification and design team at: [email protected] or download our brochure below.