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Building Products March 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | BRICKS, BLOCKS AND PAVERS PRODUCTS Grey is the new way Ibstock Brick has extended its range of grey bricks to meet the growing trend for a contemporary colour palette. The latest editions to the range: Leicester Grey Stock, Leicester Weathered Grey Stock, Arden Grey and Arden Weathered Grey are manufactured at its Ellistown factory and are said to take its offering to more than 20 grey bricks. The elegant hue of a ‘true grey’ brick – which is reportedly commonly associated with the strong design aesthetic of brickbuilt buildings in Denmark and the Netherlands – is said to offer an exciting and popular alternative to traditional ‘brown greys’. Collectively, the four new additions have reportedly already made an impact on sales. Ibstock Brick reported an increased demand across its grey range as more and more architects and specifiers recognise this colour palette for its kerb appeal. Sarah Holey, marketing manager at Ibstock Brick, said: “The growing demand for a contemporary colour palette has been the driving force for grey bricks. This extended range strikes a balance between consideration for the surrounding area whilst creating a sense of individuality. “The introduction of additional grey products makes commercial sense and we expect the range to continue to perform well going forward. We’re working with an increasing number of architects and specifiers who are keen to achieve a similar step away from the norm and integrate grey bricks into their projects.” www.ibstock.com Panache walling A stunning wall can be an attractive addition to a garden, connecting different elements and helping to shape and structure the landscape. This predominantly doublesided walling is said to work beautifully with the Panache Ground and Mahina paving range BUILDING PRODUCTS | MARCH Leicester Grey Stock is one of the new grey bricks introduced by Ibstock Brick. Imperial launches two new reclamation bricks Imperial Bricks, the UK traditional handmade brick supplier, has added two new bricks to its range: the Olde Reclamation Clamp and 2⅝” Reclamation Cheshire. The Olde Reclamation Clamp replicates traditional handmade bricks in historic towns across the UK, particularly Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Cheshire, and the 2⅝” Reclamation is said to be an excellent option for restoration and renovation projects throughout the UK. The Olde Reclamation Clamp is said to be a ‘highly attractive’ and ‘characterful brick’, with red / orange shades. Available in both imperial and metric sizes, the brick is the ‘perfect’ option for restoration and renovation projects, as well as new-builds. Imperial Olde Reclamation Clamp bricks were recently selected for the restoration of the Hoofield Hall Barns to offer an ‘attractive reclaimed look’. The 2⅝” Reclamation Cheshire is a ‘facing’ brick with colours ranging from reds and oranges to plum, with an identical appearance to genuine reclaimed bricks. The handmade brick reportedly undergoes a special ageing and weathering process to produce a reclamation finish. It has recently been used on a cottage in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, as the tumbled edges, mortared faces and rustic appearance was said to be an excellent choice to create an authentic look. Jason Hughes, managing director at Imperial Bricks, said: “More people are buying new, handmade bricks with an authentic reclamation look. In particular, the 2 ⅝” Reclamation Cheshire just isn’t available as a genuine reclaim anymore, so we created a solution. Added benefits are that they come fully tested, frost-resistant to current standards, and both are available with reliable supply for on-going projects. “Whether you’re in Cheshire, Surrey, or inner-city London, Imperial Bricks has a product to suit your project, so that both newbuilds from Bradstone. The coping can reportedly also be laid as a stepping stone or as part of a patio design. Available in midnight grey and silver-grey options, Bradstone says a ‘sleek and stylish’ garden can be achieved. www.bradstone.com or renovated properties can benefit from serious kerb appeal and added value to their home.” www.imperialbricks.co.uk


Building Products March 2018
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