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30 CLADDING & FACADES


varying shades that gradate from buff to a dark red, are also fixed onto playfully arranged infills in a staggered bond of differing lengths. The design of the struc- ture is inspired by traditional London mansion blocks and incorporates a number of tiers where the building steps back to offer terraces to many of the homes.


MEETING DEMAND


ASIDE FROM THE AESTHETICS THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH BRICK SLIP, THE MATERIAL IS MORE COMMONLY USED FOR LARGER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS AS IT ENABLES BUILDERS TO COMPLETE PROJECTS MORE QUICKLY.


Aside from the aesthetics that can be achieved with brick slip, the material is more commonly used for larger residential developments as it enables builders to complete projects more quickly. According to official statistics published


in March of this year by the Government, there were a total of 78,930 families living in temporary accommodation at the end of December 2017. This includes 120,510 children, representing a 75 per cent increase since 2010. With the number of people without a permanent fixed abode in England rising, pressure is mounting on local authorities and developers to build new accommodation quickly and cost-effectively to alleviate the problem. To meet this rapidly increasing


demand, the Government would need to commission the construction of approxi- mately 250,000 new homes each year, through to 2030. Currently annual


construction levels sit at around 50 per cent of this figure, with only 63 per cent of traditional construction projects deliv- ered on time, and only 49 per cent delivered to budget. As such, materials that will not only


offer great aesthetics, but also enable new residential developments to be completed sooner, are highly sought after. Due to its simplicity to install, covering a building with brick slip is vastly quicker than bricklaying. This not only enables earlier project completion, but also reduces the costs incurred in areas such as waste disposal, deliveries and storage require- ments. Furthermore, as brick slip panels are factory made, the quality of workman- ship is often expected to be higher than traditional brickwork. Brick has been used as a building


element for centuries and is still sought after. With a need for more cost-effective and energy-efficient buildings to be completed in less time however, many new developments that require tradi- tional facades now include brick slip panels as an aesthetically pleasing alter- native. As such, the rise in specification of this type of facade looks set to continue.


Adrian Storey is general manager at Horbury Facades


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