IG Masonry Support designed and manufactured the B.O.S.S. (Brick on Soffit System) for projects at 57 Broadwick Street, and Stonebridge Park, London. This tailor-made bespoke solution was designed and manufactured to meet the client’s exacting specification. Being highly adjustable, it enables architects to design various shapes and depths of brick soffits while accommodating a wide range of bond patterns.

On the mixed use Broadwick Street project designed by Rolfe Judd Architecture, and built by main contractor Blenheim House Construction and brickwork contractor Grangewood Brickwork, curved and straight units and deep soffit panels were created to achieve a range of deep-tiled soffits, slender brick piers, and tile and brick banding on the building’s facades. At the residential Stonebridge Park scheme, built by main contractor Durkan and designed by architect Cullinan Studio – units were designed and manufactured for the intricate corbelled brick feature at the building’s entrance. This design was delivered in separate components that facilitated optimum adjustability so the intricacy of the design could be achieved

Crittall meet exacting steel window replication specification

Originally built as a factory, Springfield House in Hackney, East London, now provides spacious accommodation in the form of some 90 apartments. A complete refurbishment of the building has been completed with Crittall steel windows helping to reinforce its character appeal. Locally listed, the seven-storey brick building had been built, in 1902, with Crittall fenestration. Hackney Council planners insisted that like-for-like window profiles must be used for the refurbishment and that the external putty on the windows should be replicated. Crittall Corporate W20 windows & doors were installed, powder coated black, featuring a mix of opening styles and configurations. The entire refurbishment project was undertaken with residents in-situ with Crittall’s installers working closely with them to keep disruption to a minimum by ensuring the windows and doors for each flat were replaced in a single day. The converted building retains many original features inside and out, including exposed brickwork. The flats benefit from high ceilings and good daylight throughout, the latter enhanced by the slim profile of Crittall steel windows.

01376 530800 Library’s next chapter with a story of steel

Plumstead Library has recently undergone a dramatic renovation project. The building is now a fully fit for purpose 21st century public library. A significant part of the project was the full refurbishment of all 33 windows which included an impressive 124 individual

window frames. For this important and large job, Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS) were entrusted with the completion. A spokesperson for ASWS commented: “The actual refurbishment went incredibly well considering the windows were in a very poor condition after years of neglect. The finished product was excellent.” Prater and Lindner Facades merge

Lindner Group companies Prater Ltd and Lindner Facades Ltd are merging to become Lindner Prater. This is the result of 10 years

of strategy evolution, which will allow the two businesses to provide an integrated approach, improved synergies and collective resources for the construction industry. Prater and Lindner Facades have worked closely, with collaborations on various projects across the UK. Lindner Prater benefits from extensive combined experience in all construction sectors and in all areas of the UK. Lindner Prater will continue to invest in modern methods of construction.

without compromising the speed and quality of construction. On both projects, the utilisation of an offsite manufactured solution ensured the architect’s designs could be executed onsite, assuring the same quality finish was met every time. However, with modular construction this replication of quality simply isn’t an issue. Taking the construction of complex brick features offsite into factory-controlled conditions drives the level of quality and consistency that is needed to achieve architectural excellence. Where barriers to creativity are not ideal, offsite construction is a worthy solution. The allure of brickwork to architects across the UK will remain a constant in the industry. Now the impressive technology is available on the market to create stunning prefabricated facades from traditional brick. With this set be an ongoing trend as offsite manufacturing expands to a wider range of projects in the future, the ever- elusive ‘grade A’ finish can be translated onsite, assuring architects’ design intent is encapsulated in ‘real life.’

Scott Denham is sales director at IG Masonry Support


ADF MAY 2021

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