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Welsh is best for new town hall roof.

WELSH blue slate from North Wales is being used to re-roof the Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil as part of its pounds 8m restoration.

The Welsh Slate company has won the order to supply Heather Blue slate from the Penrhyn Quarry for the renovation project which will see the long disused, derelict, listed Grade II building brought back to life as a cultural, heritage and creative industries centre.

Camilleri Roofing from the Vale of Glamorgan has been appointed to do the re-roofing work for Graham Construction, the main contractor, and the Old Town Hall restoration partnership.

The Camilleri team is preparing slate transported from the Penrhyn Quarry in Gwynedd at its main yard in the Vale of Glamorgan.

It will be transferred to the Old Town Hall as it is needed for the final roof fix.

Karen Dusgate, chief executive of the Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, said: "Giving the Old Town Hall a new roof of Welsh blue slate is an important part of our restoration project.

"Thanks to our funding partners, the main contractors Graham Construction and Camilleri Roofing, we have made a good start on the renovations - re-roofing is the important next step.

"We worked with the contractors to secure the best quality slates - that means Welsh slates, of course."

Marco Camilleri of Camilleri Roofing said: "We are proud to be involved in this exciting project to restore the Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil.

"Welsh slate is one of the finest roofing materials available and using it will give this historic building the best chance of a long and successful future."

Welsh roofing slate from Penrhyn has a useful and productive life of at least 100 years.

Slate from Penrhyn and the other quarries in North Wales are often used in restoration projects because of their quality and durability.

The old slates taken from the Old Town Hall roof are being recycled for use in other construction projects.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 25, 2012
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