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Although it is often argued that the resurgence in brickwork design is driven by concerns with cost and sustainability, cultural factors also play a part. In parallel with this his brickwork renaissance, there is widespread innovation in the manufacture of masonry products.
It’s all in the bricks and mortar… Here, Neil Barnett, resource cost services manager of BCIS, the Building Cost Information Service of the RICS, provides the latest sample cost breakdowns for various types of masonry.
Cheap, robust and quick to construct, block work is still a staple element of most new buildings. When looking to reduce the environmental impact of block work, look for high levels of recycled aggregates, lower levels of cement and increasingly available alternatives to concrete.
A ‘massive’ shortage of bricks and lead-in times of more than a year threaten to cause delays to projects, architects have warned