[SPONSORED FEATURE] Using the traditional brick in new ways or specifying a bespoke product will result in projects that make their mark
York Handmade has enjoyed an excellent 2015, winning high-quality flagship jobs nationwide. These include Highgate School in north London, a control and office room at Turweston Flight Centre in Northamptonshire and the redevelopment of London Bridge station in the shadow of the Shard (which also boasts our bricks). We also have a pivotal role in the construction of four luxury homes just outside Cambridge and are involved in the development of the new Halifax Central Library, which includes restoring part of the church adjacent to Piece Hall.
It is no coincidence that all these projects are being done with our popular and distinctive linear brick. Attracting interest as it represents a new style of brickwork, aesthetically it is an exciting breakthrough.
In this area, York Handmade can reasonably claim to be one of the leaders as we have the facility to manufacture good-quality long bricks without difficulty. These bricks are, in some cases, more than twice the length of a standard 215 brick. Flexibility in bricks allows architects to put their own stamp on a project and our production facility enables us to manufacture bricks from 230mm to 440mm in length and to just 40mm thick.
‘Choosing an original brick with a character of its own makes a statement’
Of equal interest to specifiers will be the fact that York Handmade can not only offer a texture that is rough and full of character made by our traditional methods, but also a brick that is much neater and tidier, suitable for those who like sharp arrises and clear definition around the perimeter of the product. We were very proud to have supplied Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester with a 327mm x 50mm brick manufactured in our traditional texture.
These bespoke bricks are more expensive than the traditional products, but it is important to remember they represent a very small percentage of the total cost of a given project - 4 per cent is the likely maximum for any project in which brick is used. More than anything else, choosing an original brick with a character of its own makes a statement.
Historians will look back on the early 21st century as a time of exciting brickwork, comparable to the classic formations used in earlier years. Brick has always made its mark, but it is the use of a reassuring traditional product in an inspiring modern way that heralds the dawn of a new era.
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