A traditional look for Highland community

A housebuilder has chosen Cupa Pizarras’ Heavy 3 slate to help achieve a traditional look for homes in the new town of Tornagrain, near Inverness.

Tornagrain is scheduled to be completed in phases over four decades. The development was among 11 projects awarded ‘Exemplar’ status by the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI). Cupa Pizarras said the design team at ZeroC selected Heavy 3 slate as a “suitable alternative” for the Ballachulish Scottish slate that was widely used until the quarries closed in the mid-1950s. The dark-grey, 7-8mm Heavy 3 is said to convincly replicate the thick, Ballachulish slate. One advantage of a heavy slate is its weather-resistant properties.

ZeroC commercial manager Colin Anthony said, “The main focus for the houses at Tornagrain is ensuring that the design combines traditional materials with modern building techniques to create a comfortable environment that also replicates the established look of a town in this area of the country. Cupa Heavy 3 was among a very limited number of slate products that could replicate the look of Scottish slate.”

Wyvis Roofing director Ian Sharp added, “We’ve always been impressed by the quality and consistency of the slate so we were pleased that Heavy 3 was selected as the product of choice on this project.”