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Robust roofing solutions fit for Bonnie Scotland

With its brawny natural slate hats on, this Victorian Gothic church conversion near Dundee is well equipped to outface the buffeting winds and horizontal rainfall of the north east coast

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Cupa Pizarras Heavy 3 natural slate roof and turret at renovated South Church.
Cupa Pizarras Heavy 3 natural slate roof and turret at renovated South Church.

South Church on the corner of Queen Street and Hill Street in Monifieth, Scotland is a Category C listed Victorian Gothic building that dates from 1872.

It had been unused and empty for around five years when it was acquired by building contractors J&T Empire for conversion into residential use.

The builders enlisted the help of Dundee practice Jon Frullani Architect to lead the transformation.

The main objective was to preserve the church's distinctive architectural elements – the round bell tower to the south east, Tudor-style windows and internal Gothic arches – while integrating 21st century amenities in a sympathetic way.

A pivotal component in the restoration was finding a substitute for the original Welsh slate roof – one that was suitable for a Scottish heritage project.

After considering various options, the architect specified Cupa Pizarras Heavy 3 natural slate.

The installation was carried out by McLean Roofing over two months by a team of five contractors. Despite the challenges of the church’s unique architecture, Heavy 3's ease of handling and standardisation ensured the work went smoothly. 

Local people have been as full of admiration as the main contractor for the carefully considered restoration of the building and its conversion into four apartments. 

Find more on this case study at cupapizarras.com/projects/south-church

  • High and mighty: Heavy 3 has an extra thickness of 7-8mm, giving it the strength to withstand Scottish weather.
    High and mighty: Heavy 3 has an extra thickness of 7-8mm, giving it the strength to withstand Scottish weather.
  • The former church building is now made up of two, two-bedroom and two, three-bedroom apartments.
    The former church building is now made up of two, two-bedroom and two, three-bedroom apartments.
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