August 01, 2013

Summers here

Its been along while since weve added any news and that's because its been a very busy year.
Currently working on some wonderful projects. We are mid way through the roofing of the second stage of St Augustines Church in Ramsgate . This is a famous Grade 1 listed church which is often refered to as `Pugins last master piece`. We are also working on a beautiful Grade 2 listed mansion in Broadstairs. Despite the economy still being poor we seem to be finding lots of interesting work..long may it continue!

Below is a video on Kent peg tiling in which one of my tilers can be seen at work on a farm house in Brenchley. This is a few years old and Steve is still with me. Albeit a bit fatter and balder:-)

January 31, 2013


Well cant believe another year has passed. Had a good year and some intersting projects last year. This year looking very busy indeed and we are now taking bookings from the end of May onwards!

We have several interesting projects booked in including finishing the first stage of St Augustines Churc Ramsgate now that the stone masons have finished their work.

Im also working with architects and Keymer tiles on a project that will use 250000 new Kent peg tiles.
The new Kentish house will be loosely based on the design of oast houses but with a modern Arts and Craft twist. Some of the detail I have never seen before and we have had to make full scale models at Keymers workshops to see how the peg tiles work on different elevations. Its been fun and challenging so far, now I just hope I get awarded the contract to see the project through to its conclusion. More images and details to follow.

Full scale model of section of proposed magnificent new dwelling
completed roof of Grade 2 listed Brenchley Manor
New code 6/7 lead roof at Brenchley Manor
New lead roof and stainless steel hatch at St Augustines church Ramsgate
Looking down on the roof in progress from the Tower of St Augustines churc..along way up!

May 12, 2012

10th May 2011. Re-roofing of Pugin`s Masterpiece!

We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to carry out the first phase of re-roofing of Augustus Pugins famous St Augustines Church in Ramsgate by Paye Stone. The work is being funded by a grant from English Heritage Lottery fund and The church built in 1844 has been described as `Pugins Masterpiece`

April 25, 2012

Current Projects - April 2012

We have some great projects on the go at the moment and luckily we have the luxury of temporary roof scaffolds on two of them. Below are a few pictures of the properties we are working on. The first is Grade 1 Listed Roydon Hall in East Peckham where we are in the process of completely re-roofing this amazing property in association with Ghinn and Co and Upchurch Associates, architects. The second is Grade 2 Listed Brenchley Manor which we started this week in association with Reflex Contractors..should keep alot of my guys busy for a few weeks :-)

Under the temporary roof at Roydon Hall
lead flashings to parapet at Roydon Hall
Side elevation of Brenchley Manor-pre start
Front elevation of Brenchley Manor pre -start

February 27, 2012

Recently completed and Forthcoming Projects 2012

This year is looking very busy indeed which is great news when all you hear is doom and gloom.
We have lots of very interesting and exciting projects booked in. The most prestigious of which are the re-roofing of Grade 1 Listed Roydon Hall in East Peckham and also the re-roofing of Grade 1 listed Brenchley Manor. Keep posted to see pictures of work in progress!

Below are several of our very recently completed projects; three of which we have just found out have been Shortlisted for Awards.
The New House Esher and the Priory pavilion have been shortlisted for the NFRC tiling Award,
Holly Lodge shortlisted for Heritage Award..

Complete re-roofing of all main roof and tile hung elevations to The Tile House, Esher

The Tile House Esher

The Tile House Esher

Holly Lodge St Margarets at Cliffe
New roof to Barn near Guildford
Restoration of roofs at Hilden Barn, Edenbridge
Roofing of Pavilion at The Priory Ticehurst

An artist’s eye view from the rooftop

One of our valued clients, Stour Valley Estates Ltd, has featured me in their recent newsletter. Many of my clients might not realise that I have another passion!

Karl Terry is never happier than when he is outdoors – whether that is refurbishing the roofs of ancient buildings or putting the finishing touches to his landscape paintings. Wind, rain or snow cannot daunt him – he is a true artist and artisan.
Karl followed in his father’s footsteps when he went into roofing straight from school, and has been running his own business, Karl Terry Roofing Contractors, for the past 17 years. The company specialises in Kent Peg tiling and 90% of the work they do is for heritage properties, including those owned by the National Trust. They have won a number of awards for their work on listed and period properties.
Over the years they have become a regular contractor to Tony Skelton of Stour Valley Estates as well as working on some higher profile jobs such as the mansions of both Mohammed Al Fayed and Heather Mills. And once even travelling as far afield as Florence.
"Most recently we worked on the upgrading of the old Greyhound Pub in Sandwich for Tony, which is now re-opened as St Peter's restaurant," explained Karl, "and some of the historic buildings in Palace Street, Canterbury have also benefited from our specialist services. Tony is a great guy to work for – he has very high standards and expectations but is very supportive. He is also very encouraging of my work as a landscape painter – a hobby that I am fanatical about!"
Having been dissuaded from going to art college in favour of a pursuing a more solid trade, it was roofing that finally brought Karl back into contact with his old art teacher at Norton Knatchbull school, Chris Daynes. "It was while I was working on Chris Daynes’s roof in 2005 that he persuaded me to pick up my paintbrush again – and I’ve not put it down since," went on Karl. "Every spare minute I get I’m outside, ‘en plein air’."
And just as Karl has built a company recognised for its skill in a specialist field he is now building commercial success with his art. “My paintings are offered in a number of galleries and I’ve had works accepted in several shows, including The Royal Academy Summer Show and The Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition. Going back to art again has been a revelation to me, I am learning so much about colours and about really appreciating the beauty of our surroundings. I’m so glad I went to do Chris’s roof that day!"
Karl has two websites: and where you can find out more about either of his passions!
More details on the Stour Valley Estates business parks and our other commercial properties to let can be found on this website, or by phoning our Property Manager Katie Dove on 01304 849210.
February 2012

Winners of 2011 Heritage Awards

We are very proud to have won the NFRCs Heritage Award for the 3rd time in 5 years. This prestigious Award was given to us for our project at Laddingford House. We completed re-roofed all of the peg tiled and slated roof elevations and re designed and renewed all of the lead box gutters etc.