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HANDMADE CLAY TILES FOR PRESTIGIOUS ROOF RENOVATION

Historic Renovation

When the 100 year-old roof of the Dokett Building – part of the historic Queens’ College, in Cambridge, UK – was in need of repair, handmade clay tiles were the only solution. The project required the roof to be stripped and recovered. Due to the prominent location of the building on the university campus, and it being of local historical interest, traditional handmade clay tiles were chosen.
Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited
Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited
Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited
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Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited

HANDMADE CLAY TILES FOR PRESTIGIOUS ROOF RENOVATION

Historic Renovation

When the 100 year-old roof of the Dokett Building – part of the historic Queens’ College, in Cambridge, UK – was in need of repair, handmade clay tiles were the only solution. The project required the roof to be stripped and recovered. Due to the prominent location of the building on the university campus, and it being of local historical interest, traditional handmade clay tiles were chosen.

Originally constructed in 1911, the building has served the world-renowned university for over 100 years, becoming a beacon of local history. However, in 2014, with weathering beginning to take its toll on the age-old structure, the iconic building became the object of a major restoration project.

Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited

Student home with academic history
The Dokett Building is a site steeped in academic history, and is named after the first President of Queens’ College, Andrew Dokett. This magnificent building is a prominent element of the college’s architecture; it can even be seen from the opposite side of the campus. It provides accommodation for the college’s students. Given the historical importance of the site, at the heart of the University of Cambridge, clay roof tiles, with their unique heritage aesthetic, were the natural choice for replacing the roof.

Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited
Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited

Renovation and modernisation
The roofing contractors were tasked with stripping and re-covering the entire 100 year-old roof. One of the main reasons the roof needed replacing was that it hadn’t been updated in decades. The accommodation needed to be drastically modernised, so new dormers were created to allow for ventilation and new bathrooms.

Dokett Building, UK
©BB+C Architects Limited

Improving thermal efficiency
The roofing solution needed have a similar aesthetic to an adjacent building, which had been renovated as part of an earlier restoration in 2005. By using an equal mix of clay roof tiles in traditional shades, the developers succeeded in creating a new roof that was an incredibly close match with the surrounding buildings. Furthermore, the superior heat retention qualities of natural clay mean that the thermal efficiency of the building was also improved.

Facts
  • Project name
    Dokett Building, Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK
  • Architect
    BB+C Architects Limited
  • Used products

    Keymer Traditional Elizabethan and Antique roof tiles

  • Year of completion
    2015
Keymer Traditional Elizabethan and Antique Wienerberger roof

Roof

Keymer Traditional Elizabethan and Antique – United Kingdom