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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Kirkby slate in Shetlands

A ROOF made of Burlington Slate has been constructed in Scotland’s Shetland Islands.

The natural slate was chosen as the finish for the new ShetlandMuseum and Archives building, which was recently constructed at a cost of £11.6m.

Managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust and designed by award-wining architects, the building has a traditional pitched roof structure that is finished in 1800sq meters of Burlington blue and grey natural slate.

The South Cumbrian slate, honed at the Kirkby quarry, was apparently chosen for its ability to provide protection to the building and in particular for its resilience to the extreme maritime climate that exists in the exposed Shetland Islands.

 

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