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DESIGN

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Spring 2016

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In this issue: Elder &Cannon,

AndersonOrr, STAC Architecture,

Patel Taylor,Associated Architects,

plus detailing brick soffits and

Ibstock’s Swanage Brickworks


Nando’s restaurant, Hove, by STAC Architecture


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6 The Curzon Building,designed by Associated Architects,

anchorsBirmingham City University’scampus

12 Ingenious walls wovenfrom brickand oak featureinSTAC

Architecture’sNando’srestaurant in Hove

18 Laurieston 1 in Glasgow,byarchitects Elder &Cannon and

Page &Park,reconsidersthe tenement type

24 The Lawns CourtyardHousing in Barking by Patel &Taylor

evokesthe spirit and form of the almshouse

34 AndersonOrr Architects’ Foxcombe Lodgeemploys linear

brickwork to emphasise modernity and relate to context

38 Detailing deep underslung soffits

42 SwanageBrickworks is thriving through continuing along

tradition of manufacturing handmade bricks

46 Ages of BrickCompetition


Ibstock

Update

STATE-OF-THE-ART

BRICKFACTORYGETS

PLANNING PERMISSION

GREEN LIGHT

Ibstock is set to bring an

additional100 million bricks per

year to theUKconstruction

market, having secured planning

permission to proceed with the

development of anew state-of-theartmanufacturing

facility at its

existing site on Leicester Road in

Ibstock.

As well as boosting employment

opportunities in the area,

Ibstock’smulti-million pound

investment will make asignificant

contributiontosatisfying

increasedUKmarket demand

for bricks.Ibstock’s ability to

manufactureanadditional 100

million bricks annually at the site

using local clayreserves will

be equivalent to the quantity

required to build approximately

15,000 homes each year.

As well as meeting the growing

demand for bricks, the extended

productionfacilitywill generate

50 new jobs to supplement the

340-strong Ibstock workforce in

the area, helping to provide longtermand

sustainableemployment

opportunities in the region.

Andrew Halstead-Smith, group

marketing manager at Ibstock, says:

“Our Ibstock site has a200-year

history of brickproductionand

throughout this period the

company has continued to invest to

ensurethe ongoing quality of our

market-leading brick products. The

new facility willbethe world’s most

modernbrick factory, using the

verylatest technologies to optimise

production capability and reduce

energy consumption. It is an

exciting development both for

Ibstock and thesurrounding area,

helping to generate new

employment, secureexisting jobs

andenable us to upscaleour

production to meet the increasing

demand for quality,UK-made

bricks.”

The new factoryisexpected to start

production by February 2017.

Above

Ibstock’s Leicester site.

Below

Nexus soffit at Haworth

Tompkins’ Peabody

Silchester Estate project.

MAKINGLIGHTWORK

OF BRICK SOFFITS

Creating brick-faced soffits and

lintels could become simpler and

quicker,thanks to anew lightweight

stainless steel-based system from

Ancon Building Products and

Ibstock Kevington. ‘Nexus’

combines aspecially developed

Ibstock Kevington lightweight

brick-faced stainless steel unit with

Ancon’s MDC stainless steel bracket

anglesupportsystem. The system

offers easier handling coupled

with maximum adjustability, both

vertically andhorizontally,for quick

and simple alignment on site.

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The new system offers significant

benefits over traditional cast

concrete alternatives –cutting

weight by morethan half, which in

most cases will allow the brick-faced

units to be installed without

specialist lifting equipment, and

savinginstallationtime–makingit

particularlyappropriate for fasttrack

or time-limited projects.

Individual Nexus unitsare designed

and prefabricated off-sitetosuit

different soffit dimensions, even

moderndeep soffits,sothereisno

cutting required on-site. They are

simplyoffered up to the pre-fixed

and pre-drilled Ancon MDC

supportsystemand bolted into

position. The design allowsunits to

be simply adjusted for alignment

and, onceinposition, the brick

facing is pointed.

permanently fixed to thehighgrade

stainless steel Nexus system

using aBBA-accredited bonding

system. Nexus has beentested for

long-termdurability by Lucideon,

the independent materialstesting

and analysis consultancy.

Ibstock Kevingtonsalesdirector,

Warren Dean says, “Nexus is an

exciting new development that

bringstogether the experience and

expertise of two major companies –

each market leadersintheir own

area. Theadvanced design will not

only make it easierand quicker to

specify and install modern brickfaced

soffit and lintel features in a

rangeofdifferentbuilding

applications, but the two-part

design means it will be far easier to

achieve perfect alignment with the

main brickwork facade.”

INVESTMENT IN NEW

MIDLANDS CUTTING

CENTRE AT IBSTOCK

BRICKWORKS

Ibstock has opened astate-of-the-art

cutting centreatits Chesterton

brickworks as partofanongoing

investment programme. The

installation of the fastest slipsawin

the UK –capable of processing

8,000 bricks aday –has resulted in

doubling of productionatthe site,

and increased staffnumbers.

Ibstock’s Chesterton site specialises

in custom-made bricks from the

Ibstock Kevingtonrangeofspecial

shapes and prefabricated

solutions, including Faststack,

Fastwall,arches and underslung

soffits.Iain Durrant, operations

director at Ibstock Kevington, says:

“Our Chesterton factory is well

placed to supportthe supply of

our specialsacross the UK. Many

construction professionals are

seeking ways to speed-up build

timescales, and the investment

supports our range of products

andsolutions that can can do just

that. Chesterton is one of the most

efficient factories of its type in the

world and the new cutting centre

addstowhat it offers to meet

demand across construction.”

Nexus unitscan be fabricated using

almost any brick or masonry, with

thechosen product being selected

and precisioncut, generallyfrom

the same batch as the mainfacade

to ensure aperfect visual match.

Variousbrickpatterns can also be

specified to match individual

project designs and styles.

Further details and technical

specifications for the Nexus®

system areavailable download from

www.ancon.co.uk/Nexus.

All system components arehigh

quality and engineered for

economy and durability,with slips

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Anchoring

Birmingham

City campus

Forming anew ‘front door’to

Birmingham City University’s

City CentreCampus,

The Curzon Building has been

completed by Associated

Architects’.The imposing scale

of the project is tempered by

the finesse of its detailed

design, whichincludes

extensiveuse of brick. Photos:

Martine Hamilton Knight.

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Visible from the West CoastMain Linerailway as it

approaches Birmingham, and on the easternaxis

of the new City Park, The Curzon Building is the

second phase of Birmingham City University’s

extension of its CityCentreCampus. The building

is designed to be a‘front door’ for the university

and to formadistinctive landmarkatthe eastern

end of the park, inlinewith the aspirations set out

in Birmingham’s ‘Big CityPlan’.

This 22,000 square metrebuilding acts as astudent

hub for the campus, providing facilities including a

library, catering, student services and astudent’s

union, incorporating the grade-two-listed Eagle &

Ball public house. It alsoprovides accommodation

for the Faculty of Education, Law &Social

Sciences, and Birmingham City Business School.

The building’s two wings of accommodation,

following Cardiganand Curzon Streets, arelinked

by asix-storey glazedatrium. In accordance with

thecity masterplan, the building has five occupied

storeys on Cardigan Street and six on Curzon

Street at the end of thepark. Atwo-storey element

of larger footprint contains the student hub

around asecondaryatrium engaging the public

house. External space to the east is accessiblefrom

within the building to extend the use and

enjoyment of the canal environment.

Low-energy targets aremet by ahigh-performance

envelope and by engaging the thermal mass of the

structure. Mixed-mode ventilation with opening

windows ensures excellent internal conditions with

user control. Abiomassboiler and adiabatic

cooling help achieveaBreeam Excellentrating

and Energy Performance Rating of A.

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Left

The entrance portal,

reaching to six storeysin

height,establishes the

buildingasafocal point

forthe campus.

Right

The CurzonBuilding is

located on the north-east

side of Birmingham city

centre, adjacenttothe rail

line as it approachesthe

recentlyrevampedNew

Street Station. Ground

and second floor plans.

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85.0

Brickisused extensivelytoface the principal

elevations, formingawhite brick wing to the south

and acontrastinggreybrickwingtothe north.

Both wings followasimilar compositionoflarge

brick pierstothe ground floor incorporating black

brickworkand largeglazedareas to thesetbacks.

Upper floors arecharacterised by regular setback

baysand an alternating patternofpunched

windowopenings. A1200mm thick band of

vertical stretcher bond is used to formaconsistent

detailaround the parapet. This wasconstructed

using acombination of traditional brickwork and a

brickslip system. The same slip system was also

utilised internally to visuallycontinuethe external

facade into the central atrium.

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Left

External envelope section

detailsshowing brick

facings.

Right

The structural gridis

expressedinthe brick

facadesbyrecessed

panels, some of which

areblind, whileothers

incorporate windows

and spandrels.

In contrast to the moreuniform appearanceofthe

brick colours to the main building, reclaimed stock

bricks and lime mortar wereused to reconstruct

areas of the dilapidated grade-two-listed public

house. Working closely with the conservation

officer,carewas taken to rebuild in thespiritofthe

originalbuilding, replicating the brick bonds and

detailing aroundopenings.

Akey external design element is asix-storey white

brick-clad arch facingonto the park. The arch

incorporates a40-metre-long brick slip-clad soffit

and frames an angled glass facade with richly

coloured redterracotta shading fins. Responding

to the client’s brief andthe aspirations of the city

planners, this grand gesturedeliversabig visual

impact to the end of the park, and forms aclear

‘front door’ for the university.

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BUILDING

The Curzon Building,

Birmingham City University

BRICKS

IbstockOyster White

IbstockRavenhead RedSmooth

ARCHITECT

Associated Architects

MAIN CONTRACTOR

Wilmott Dixon Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY

Martine Hamilton Knight

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Architectural

Ingredients

STAC Architecture’snew

restaurant forNando’sin

Hove, East Sussex,makes local

references in both its design

form and its materials. Dark

linear brickwork evokes the

colour of beachpebbles, while

extensiveuse of oak references

ashipwreckthat resulted in its

timber cargo floating ashore.

Together both dark brickand

oak areinventivelycombined

in decorativewalls and panels

throughout the interior spaces.

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The concept for the design of the new restaurant

for Nando’s in Hovestems from the memoryofa

shipwreck offthe Dorset coast in January2008.

Following thesinking of the Ice Prince, much of

its cargo of morethan 2000 tonnes of timber

eventually washedupalong the south coast,

resulting in random but striking formations,

most notablyatWorthing beach.

STAC Architecture’s intention was to recreate

some of the movement and organicnatural

forms whileacknowledging the memoryofthis

spectacular event. The decision was taken to work

with unfinished character oak externally, which

will weathernaturallyovertime,paired witha

black brick that is reminiscent of the black pebbles

strewn across the coastline.

Left

The ‘fan’oftimber planks

forms adistinctivecanopy

that marksthe restaurant

entrance and shelters an

outdoor seating area.

Right

Traditionalclayand oak

‘bricks’ are stacked to

form internal walls.

Timberisemployedinthe

project in reference to a

2008 shipwreckafter

whichtons of lumber

were washeduponsouth

coast beaches.

After extensive research to find the optimum brick

for the project, STAC came across Ibstock’s Linear

collection. Thinner and longer than standard

bricks,this gave amorecontemporary character to

the exterior walls. The brick also features small

depressions along the external face, as if ‘eroded’.

The Black Impressionbrickwas usedalongside the

natural blue UmbraSawtooth and copper glazed

UmbraSawtooth,and in conjunctionwith

thousands of bespoke oak‘bricks’ to create various

featuresthroughout the restaurant.

Externally the LinearBlack Impressions wereused

in stack-bond format with bespoke corner bricks.

Internallythey wereused to create an entrance

draft lobby.“We had abit of fun with the lobby and

created acompound curved brick wall–this can

be experienced from both sides and it is nice to see

the manufacturer’s stamp on the rear of thebrick

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external

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whenone arrives”, saysSTAC’sPaul Thrush.

The stacked brickwork incorporates curved

reinforcement bars fixed at the base and head as

well as being resin bonded to one another.This

meant traditional mortar joints could be avoided,

and provided acleaner,more contemporary

appearance. The ends of the lobby wall are

complemented by oak bricks of varying lengths to

provide fixing points for the frameless glass doors.

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Visitors entering the main restaurant space are

presented with afeaturewall madeofthousands of

saw-tooth bricks, some copper glazed, that areused

in conjunctionwith CNC’doak bricks.The oak

bricks arethe same size as the saw-tooth but have

anegativetoothrather than the bricks’ positive

angled face. Together they create azig-zag wall that

formsastriking backdrop to the restaurant.

Above

Floor plan and entrance

lobbyisometric.

Left

The entrance lobby

features open brickwork

andtimber blocks.

Right

The architecthas

exploited the modular

natureofthe bricks to

design a‘swollen’wall

that projects into the

lobbyspace.

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BUILDING

Nando’sRestaurant,Hove

BRICKS

IbstockLinear BlackImpression

IbstockBlue UmbraSawtooth

IbstockCopper Glazed UmbraSawtooth

ARCHITECT

STAC Architecture

CoNTRACToR

The FrenchGroup

PHoToGRAPHERS

Jonathan Banks (Photobanks),

James Parsons

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Learning

from the

Tenement

The Laurieston Gorbals district

of Glasgow once consisted of

streets of tenements that were

torn down in the 1970s to be

replaced by system-builthighand

low-rise estate blocks.

Flawed sociallyand in terms

of thermal performance, these

blocks arenow being replaced

by new buildings whichdraw

on some of the merits

of the original tenements.

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Amajor £22m development of 200 affordable

homes forms the first partofthe regeneration of

theLaurieston area of Glasgow.Workingwithin a

larger masterplan by Page &Park, the architect

of this phase of the development, Elder &

Cannon, was asked to design 88 units, including

the prominent southernmost flatted block and

two housing terraces.

According to Elder &Cannon, the key challenge

was to create asustainabledevelopment that

rationalised the eccentricities of the southernsite

edge –responding to the railwayline,the busy

environmentofCumberland Street and theedge

condition to the new park –and create an

‘object’ building of an appropriate statureto

formagatewaypartnership with afuture

building on the south-west corner of the

masterplan.

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Left

The Lauriestondistrict

wascleared in the 1970s

as partofthe Laurieston-

Gorbals Comprehensive

Development Area with

multi-storey towerblocks

and some low-rise

terraces replacing the rundown

tenement buildings.

The newLaurieston

Transformational

RegenerationArea, one of

eight designated in

Glasgow,incorporates

much of the Laurieston-

Gorbals CDAarea.

Right

Constructional cross

section though typical

block.

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The block was envisaged as acontemporary

interpretation of the traditional four-storey

Glasgowtenement, where identity is derived

from control of detail, scale, proportionand

materiality.Its success, saysElder &Cannon,

is reliant upon the continued inclusionof

the primaryarchitectural elements, well

proportionedwindows,balconies, porches and

appropriate quality to the primary materials of

buildings and landscape.

In response to the proximity of the railway, the

block breaks to formtwo new entrycourtyards

and L-shaped legs of accommodationwhich

enclose alargeramenity courtyard. The northeasternleg

responds to the street and new public

space created, accommodating maisonette

homes withflats above. The south-westernleg

responds to the southerlyaspect, generates a

landscape buffer to Cumberland Street and

addresses the garden and play area to the west.

The blocks containawide mix of flats from onebed

up to six-bed arrangements to meet the mix

requirements requestedbyNew Gorbals Housing

Association, rationalising these into aunified

formthroughcareful planning.

Left

Ground- and second-floor

plans showingthe open

courtyard arrangement.

Right

Bricklends an overall

coherence to the scheme

while allowing for

individual variationof

windows and balconies.

The project has achieved

an Ecohomes ‘verygood’

andenergy use will be

monitored duringits first

twoyearsofhabitation,

with feedbackgiven to

tenants.

The courtyardterraces to the north areoccupied

by two-and three- storey homes arranged as

linear blocks addressing shared surface courts

with amenityspace to the rear.The houses are

three- and four-bed units. They adopt asimilar

materialityasthe main block and prioritise

rigour,scale and proportionasdevices to control

and order the elevation.

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BUILDING

Laurieston Phase 1,

Glasgow

BRICKS

IbstockNevado Geel Gesmoord

Steenfabriek Facade Beek

Silverstone Daas Backsteen

ARCHITECT

Elder &Cannon Architects,

Page\Park Architects

MAIN CONTRACTOR

McTaggart Construction

PHOTOGRAPHER

Andrew Lee

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The

Almshouse

Reconsidered

Patel Taylor’s sensitiveproject

provides low-rise, small-scale

homes forthe elderly, each

with asmall courtyardand

opening onto acentral

communal space. By relocating

tenants from largerfamily

homes,The Lawns will also

help Barking &Dagenham

rebalance its housing provision.

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Right/below

Cross sectionsand plan

variants of the one-and

two-bedroom houses.

Left

The chimneyprojection

and baywindoware

intended to evoke

domesticity; site plans.

Architect Patel Taylor was

commissioned by Barking

&Dagenham to develop a

housing typology suited to

the needs of the elderlyon

twovacant sites.The brief

wastodesign one-and

two-bedroom houses that

were affordable while

being owned and managed

by the borough.

Architect Patel Taylor was commissioned in 2012

by theLondon Borough ofBarking &Dagenham

to develop ahousingtypologyfor the elderly

community on two vacant sites. The design

approachfor The Lawns project draws on the

rich traditionofhousing forthe older people,

and in particularthe English almshouse. Key

elements of this type have been applied to create a

development that has architectural character while

also aiming to meet the needs of the elderly today.

Patel Taylor identified twoaspects of classical

almshouses. First, thehousing surrounds a

communal garden or landscaped courtyard.Inthis

projectthe landscaped courtyards comprise simple

areas of lawn andmature specimen trees. Second,

the architectureisofanintimate human scale.

The dwellings aretypically only oneortwo storeys

and aregivenadomestic scalebythe window

configurationatground-floorlevel,which forms

aconnection to the communal spaces.

As in aconventionalalmshouse layout, the

communallandscaped garden at the heartofthe

development is surrounded by mostlysingle-storey

accommodation, creating asense of community

and encouraging ‘ownership’ of the public space.

“As amanifestation of placemaking, the

configuration of the development seeks to bring a

sense of place to an area otherwise lost in urban

anonymity”, saysPatelTaylor.“The landscape

design integrates high quality materials and small

scaleplanting to soften theboundaries between

the communal and private gardens. In extracting

the key architectural components of the

almshouse model,wedeveloped atypology that

interpreted their traditionalcharacter in a

contemporarymanner.” The houses were

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designed to be compact in mass and scale, with an

L-shaped plan arranged around asmall private

courtyard. These aretypicallysouth-facing with

walls punctured by atimbergate andtrellisto

provide residents with avisual connectiontothe

gardens while retaining privacy.“The single bay

window andchimney create an impressionof

domesticity within, and help to identifythe

individual homes”, say the architects.

The project contrasts hardexternal elevations with

softer interiors “to suggest security whilst dissolving

physical boundaries between dwellings to promote

asense of community”.The houses arewell

insulated and areconstructed of traditional, high

quality and robustmaterials.They achieve Code

for Sustainable Homes Level 4and have integrated

photovoltaic cells for each dwelling.

Left/right

The Lawns is among the

first capital-funded local

authority elderlypersons’

housing to be builtfor a

generation, so the borough

waskeenthatitshould set

ahigh benchmark for

futureprojects. All the

residents have downsized

from largerproperties,

whichinturn has released

largerhouses back to the

council.The homes are

builtwith futureneeds in

mind, so all arefully

accessible, allowing

wheelchair userstohave

full use of their home and

ensuring abetter quality

of life fortheir entire

tenancy.

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Above

Exploded isometric.

Right

Aprecedent forPatel

Taylor is Jorn Utzon’s

FredensborgHousing,

Denmark (1963),

comprising 63 L-shaped

homes forthe elderly.

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BUILDING

The Lawns CourtyardHousing,Barking

BRICKS

IbstockWest HoathlyMedium Multi

Bat Boxtype B

ARCHITECT

Patel Taylor

CONTRACTOR

Lakehouse Contracts

PHOTOGRAPHY

Peter Cook

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Parallel Lines

En Suite

Bedroom 2 En Suite

Bedroom 5 Master Bedroom

Kitchen

Breakfast

Family Room

Dining Room

22.39 m² /

FFL-130.40

Drawing Room

The contemporary lines of

alow-energy dwelling near

Oxford, designed by Anderson

Orr Architects, aretempered

by the buff-coloured linear

brickwork that resonates with

moretraditional buildings in

the vicinity.

Left

Long section, ground- and

upper-floor plans.

Right

Cross section; garden and

entrance frontages.The

projecting single-storey

winghouses agarageand

guest/music room.

En Suite

En Suite

Bedroom 3

En Suite

Bedroom 4

Dressing

UP

Linen

WC

Gallery/

Reading Space

Master Bedroom

En Suite

Bedroom 2

En Suite

Bedroom 5

Balcony

Garage

Plant

Cup'd

Guest Bedroom/

Music Room

Lobby

WC

Utility

Larder

Shower

Cup'd

Cloak

Study

Entrance

Kitchen Breakfast Family Room

Drawing Room

Dining Room

sliding pocket doors

sliding pocket door

sliding doors

sliding doors

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Entrance

FFL-130.40

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Anderson OrrArchitects’ brief for Foxcombe

Lodge wastocreate an exemplar, low-energy

familydwelling.The design aimwas to minimise

the visual impact on both the adjacent lane and

wider context and formasensitive relationship

withneighbouring properties. The maintwo-storey

rectilinear structureisorientated on anorth-eastto

south-west axis, whileasingle-storey element,

perpendicular to the principal form, houses a

garage and guest bedroom/music room.

The elevations aredesigned to contrast and

complement rather than replicate the traditional

appearance of the neighbouring buildings.

The principal materials areIbstock Linear buff

brickwork, grey aluminium windows and

composite rainscreen cladding. Large elementsof

glazing to the north-west and south-east are

recessed to reduce overheatinginthe summer.

Vertical louvresatfirst-floorlevel also reduce

overheating as wellasproviding privacy screening

to the bedroom and bathrooms.

The ground-floor living spaces link to the garden

throughlarge glazedopenings which arealso

recessed to minimise solar gain. The front

entrance is flanked withinatwo-storeybay by a

rainscreen-clad element that houses the staircase.

At first floorlevel,the master bedroom suite and

four other bedrooms areseparated by doubleheight

voids overthe entrance and dining room,

andlinkedbyagallery/reading space. All

bedrooms haveen-suite bathrooms and Juliet

balconies, whilealinear balcony offthe master

bedroom overlooks thegarden.

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BuilDing

Foxcombe lodge, oxford

BriCKs

ibstocknatural linear Cream

arChiteCt

andersonorr architects

ContraCtor

lamburn geekie

PhotograPhY

gavin Fraser

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Technical:

Suspended

Brickwork

Deep reveals andsoffitsare an

increasingly popular design

featurethat can addextra visual

depthand dimension to masonry

facades. Whilecreatingthese

effects can be significant to the

aesthetics of abuilding, they can

also pose structuralchallenges as

theloadofthe wall above must be

maintained across the opening

whileseeming to be unsupported

by structure.

Whilefull brick systems are

appropriate for occasionalor

small openings, prefabricated

soffit systems, often employing

brick slips, can offer anumber of

advantages, especially where the

openings arelarge or numerous.

Nexus® is anew two-partsystem,

developed by IbstockKevington

and Ancon, that combines ahigh

integrity stainless steel brickwork

supportsystemwithprefabricated

brick-faced units that can be lifted

and bolted intoposition by hand.

Itallows for full adjustment so can

assureperfect alignment. The

system is significantly easier to

handlethan precast concrete

systems. Typically the system

reduces the weight of the soffit by

morethan half, which in most cases

willallow thebrick-faced unitstobe

installed without specialistlifting

equipment. It also provides

significant savings in installation

time, making itparticularly

appropriate for fast-track or timelimited

projects.

Individual Nexus®units are

designed and prefabricated off-site

to suit the soffit dimensions so

thereisnocutting required on site.

The Nexus® panes can be

manufactured to suit differing brick

sizes, bonds and orientation, for

example 240x115x48mm vertical

bond on the front face carried

ontothe soffit. They aresimply

offered up to the pre-fixed and

pre-drilled Ancon MDC angle and

then bolted into positionusing

T-bolt fixings in acontinuous

channel.The two-partdesign

allowsmaximum adjustability,

both vertically and horizontally,

for quick and simple alignment

on site.

Below

NexusSoffitUnit 65x215mm

with headerbond.

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Installation

The Ancon MDC Nexus®

supportsystem is

securedtothe opening,

ensuringfixingbolts are

fully torqued.The

Nexus® brick-faced unit

is then attachedtothe

pre-installedsupport

system by finger

tighteningthe bolts.

Vertical and horizontal

alignments canthen be

madebeforethe bolts

arefullytightened to

the correct torque.The

joints can then be

pointed to matchthe

adjacentbrickwork.

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SPECIFICATION

CLAUSES

Ancon MDC NEXUS

Bracket Angle Support

System

Ancon MDC Systemsare

tailored to suit each

project,and arebased on

the cavitysizeatthe

supportand the

unfactored masonry load

to be carried. Anconwill

design an economical

configuration of channel,

bracketand angle.

Specification guideline:

MDC NEXUS/type /cavity

/unfactored masonry load,

eg MDC NEXUS/75 /5.6

Ancon will design a

standardsystem to suit a

75mm cavityand carry

5.6kN/metrerun of

masonry (unfactored).

Nexus® Unit

Brickormasonry slips

permanentlybonded direct

to agrade 304 stainless

steelunit usinghigh

strength adhesive.The size

of the unitand bond

pattern of the slips to suit

project requirements.

TECHNICAL

SPECIFICATION

Steelwork:Highgrade

stainless steel,

manufacturedinAncon’s

BS EN 1090-1 approved

factoryand CE marked.

Brickslips:25mmthick

and manufactured

in accordance with

BS EN 771-1a(BS 4729)

and CE marked.

Adhesive: Metolux

Metofix 3-1 epoxy

adhesive.

PRECAST CONCRETE SYSTEM

MasonrySupportSystems can be

designed and manufactured to

suspend precast, prefabricated

masonryunits. This system

removes the build of complicated,

time-consuming masonrysoffits

from atightsite schedule. These

offsite manufactured units require

amechanicallifting device when

bolting to the underside of a

masonrysupportangle.

Below

Precast Soffit Unit 65x215mm

withheaderbond.

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Installation

The Ancon MDC support

systemisattached,

ensuringthe fixingbolts

arefully torqued. The

precast masonry unitis

then lifted mechanically,

supported and fixed to

the pre-installed masonry

support systembyfinger

tighteningthe bolts.

Vertical and horizontal

alignmentismade before

tighteningthe bolts to

thecorrect torque, and

pointing completed to

matchthe brickwork.

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Profile:

Ibstock’s

Swanage

Brickworks

The Swanage Brickworks has a

tradition of handmaking bricks

that dates back to 1865, and today

the Ibstock factory employs 15

handmakersatits Godlingston site

on the north-west outskirts of the

Dorset town.

The individually unique bricksare

made in arangeofcolours, sizes

and textures, and they areused in

awide range of building types.

Typically,the most readily

available sizesare 50mm, 65mm

and 68mm, but other dimensions

can be manufactured to order.

Additionally, imperial-sizedbricks

are available for useinrestoration

and refurbishment projects,

especially those in conservation

areas and where listedbuildings

areinvolved. Moreover,nonstandardsizes

can be appropriate

when matching existing brickwork

or to create unique or novel

bonding patterns.

Afull range of manufactured and

cut and bonded special shapes are

available for all Swanageproducts,

including bespoke blends.

Matching up with existing shapes

is alsooffered by Swanage, which

can be particularly importantwith

refurbishment projects,where

intricate ornamental details

requireaccurate replication.

Swanage products can alsobe

matched up withthe brick-cutting

services of Ibstock Kevington to

provide prefabricated arches,

underslung soffitsand other

factory-madebrickwork detailsfor

usewith conventionalmasonry.

Sigificantly the Swanage Brickworks

also offers abespoke blending

service for situations wherean

appearance other than that offered

by standardoff-the-shelf bricks is

required. Typically this might be

helpful inmatching existing

historicbuildings or in creating a

new blend for asignificantor

prominent project.

Swanage Brickworks also makes the

grey glazed headers that have been

partofthe vernaculararchitecture

of the WealdencountiesofKent

and Sussex for centuries. Normally

used alongside plain redstock or

handmade bricks, the headerscan

be incorporated in avariety of

bonding patterns, such as English

and Flemish bonds, or as afeature

to create aparticular effect, such as

the diamond patternfeatured at

College House, Shiplake College,

Henley-on-Thames, by Nichols

Brown Webber.Swanage grey

glazed headersare also often used

to match adjacent brickwork for

conservation or planning reasons.

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Right

Swanagebrickshave

been specified formany

prestigious projects, from

Douai Abbeylibrary and

archiveinReading (David

Richmond &Partners), to

(bottom, left to right)

ShiplakeCollege, Henleyon-Thames

(Nichols Brown

Webber), the Fulton

Building,SussexUniversity

(ADP Architects), Cane End

House Orangery,Reading

(Plan Architects), and

the Fitzjames Teaching

&Learning Centreat

HazlegroveSchool,Yeovil

(Feilden Fowles).

Swanagebricksfeaturein

manyprojects at Sussex

University.For the Fulton

Building,the Falmer blend,

a60:40 ratio of finesanded

brownand light

multiSwanagehandmade

bricks, waschosen to

matchthe adjacent listed

‘Boiler House’.AtYeovil,

Feilden Fowles worked

with Ibstock’s Swanage

factory to develop

handmade redbricks and

glazed blackheaders to add

depth to the Flemish bond

(ph: David Grandorge).

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Left

SwanageBrickworks in

the 1980s; special shapes

from the factory today.

Right

The Swanagefactory

specialises in creating

bespokeorpurpose-made

blends forspecific

projects or to meet a

particular colour,texture

or sizerequirement.

The Pavilion Portico at the

Oval,designed by Adam

Architecture, features

ablend of handmade

SwanageLight and

Restoration Redimperial

bricks laid in English

garden wall bond (ph:

Morleyvon Sternberg).

Below

Brickwork panels

illustrating some samples

of the unlimited blend

options available from

SwanageBrickworks.

Left to right:Swanage

Blend A, D, E, F(with

glazed headers), G and C.

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Ages of Brick

So you think you know your bricks?

Test your knowledgebyanswering the questions

below and email them to: design@ibstock.co.uk

A£250 prizewill be awarded to the entrant with

the most correct answers. Closing date: 3rdJune.

In the event of adraw, awinner will be picked

at random from the highest scoring entries.

The winner’s name, and the answers, will be

published in the next issue of IbstockDesign.

1 In which city is this bay window? 2 Hadrian built it, but what is this rotunda called? 3 Built for a Baker, but which Scandinavian architect?

4 A church in Berlin, but who is its architect? 5 And who was the architect of this chapel in a park?

6 Which Russian-born architect designed this wall? 7 Who designed this office for a Basingstoke brickmaker? 8 In which city is this expressionist church?

9 Where in France is this brick cathedral? 10 In which city is this prototype shopping centre?


The Curzon Building, Birmingham City University, by Associated Architects (photo: Martine Hamilton Knight)

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The Lawns Courtyard Housing, Barking, by Patel Taylor (photo: Peter Cook)

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