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Ibstock Elementix eco-Freedom rainscreen cladding


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.


Wiernerberger Lytham Smooth Red brickwork

Costs: Masonry

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.

West Hampstead Thameslink Station

Products: West Hampstead Thameslink Station

A selection of the products specified for Landolt + Brown’s West Hampstead Thameslink Station

Masonry news

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Bricks special: book now for AJ Specification Live

Book now to hear from Maccreanor Lavington, ADAM Architecture and Buckley Gray Yeoman on specifiying masonry at the next AJ Specification Live event