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Products: Dartmouth Square

A selection of the products used in NEX’s Dartmouth Square

Architect’s choices

Dartmouth Square was an essay in materials and performance, involving extensive research into materials and processes. Carefully selected materials include American oak for open-tread stairs, Douglas fir flooring, bronze cladding and off-white concrete. An immediate challenge was the clients’ desire for exposed concrete on a limited budget. With a tight budget, you have only one chance to get this right. The contractor had neither previously worked in concrete to this specification, nor with our preferred sustainable mix. A particular challenge was achieving this finish on slender 6m-long side walls so they were precast in one piece before being lifted into place and completed.

  • Alan Dempsey, founder, NEX

Walls and kitchen counter

In-situ and cast concrete with 70% GGBS cement

Kitchen and all cabinet work

18mm straight-grain American oak veneered ply

Bathroom glass cabinet facing

4mm grey Matelac sandblasted, back-painted, iron-free glass

AGC Glass Europe

Bathroom glass cabinet facing

4mm white Matelac sandblasted, back-painted, iron-free glass

AGC Glass Europe

Bathroom glass surface

6mm Lacobel polished, iron-free, back-painted glass

AGC Glass Europe

Flooring to hall, bathrooms and one new rear flat roof

Honed Pietra Serena limestone


Izé lever handle 2. Bronze finish


400mm wide planks. White lime-washed Douglas fir


Natural anodised aluminium glass bonded rear doors


Main rear rainscreen cladding

Bronzed stainless steel with brushed finish, which will not dull with oxidation

Rimex Metals

Low-level rainscreen cladding

Mirror-polished black stainless steel

Rimex Metals

Recessed downlight box in rear extension



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