It all began in Sweden…

Alex Iles graduated with an Engineering Degree and travelled to Sweden in 1989 to join Varla, a family run hard metal roofing business. He was keen to learn as much about the business as possible and started work from the bottom up. Over the next four years Alex moved up the company ranks and in the early 90s Varla was awarded a large project in the UK. Alex travelled with a Swedish team to manage the contract, a large Law Courts project in Preston. Following a successful completion, the team returned to Sweden apart from Alex and a handful of colleagues who remained in England. Varla was born in the UK.

Adventurous and creative is our thing

Alex had a plan to make Varla a leading name within the UK’s hard metal roofing industry. But moreover, to become known as the go-to contractor for the inventive and ambitious. Varla works alongside some of the UK’s most respected architectural talent. They trust us to deliver because over time Varla has gained an excellent reputation for high quality workmanship. Many of our dedicated staff have been with us since the early days and our team loves working on technically challenging projects.



Varla is able to offer a full design package backed up with Professional Indemnity Insurance.


Varla has its own in house manufacturing facility as well working with a network of established specialist partners.


The majority of Varla’s skilled workforce are full time employees thus ensuring a high degree of quality and reliability.

Project Manage

Varla offers a complete turnkey service of design, installation and project management.