Brick slip cladding installed offsite can enable greater quality control and speed up project delivery

require the foundations associated with traditional masonry. When extra floors are added to structures, low weight can simplify design and reduce engineering costs, compared to traditional brickwork. Cladding can also be fitted to a number of different substrates, including timber and steel frame.

Brick slip cladding is durable too. Kiln fired clay brick slips weather and age in the same way as conventional brickwork and a brick slip exterior will require little to no maintenance. It is important to note that the life span of different cladding systems may vary, and so this should be checked with the suppliers. It should also be noted that not all available brick slip systems have been through an independent rigorous testing and certification process. Confirmation of certifi- cation from the cladding supplier should always be requested. Eurobrick’s P-Clad system was used on a residential project in Liverpool, a new £3.5m development of 33 eco homes for Liverpool Mutual Homes. Modern methods of construction were adopted to build the modular houses and the cladding was installed offsite, to benefit from greater quality control and assisting with the speed of project delivery.


The aesthetic advantage of achieving a real brick finish, without compromising on speed of delivery, have given slips in a firm place in the future of modern construction

P-Clad has a cement particle board backer panel, developed to work as an external sheathing to structures and is certified for installation on buildings over 18 m high. The Point, in Ilford, is a large residential development comprising one, two and three bed apartments. Sections of the development exceeded 18 m high and as such required a cladding system suitable for this purpose.

There are many advantages to brick slip cladding for new projects. Most notably however, the aesthetic advantage of achiev- ing a real brick finish without compromising on speed of delivery, has given it a firm place in the future of modern construction.

Richard Haines is director at Eurobrick ADF APRIL 2018

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