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An air of inspiration and innovation surrounds this issue, our third supplement in The Architects'Journal, in which we illustrate our response to your requirements for change within our industry.

In the article on building solutions, we have taken a close look at the most significant product development we have encountered in a very long time.With the need to 'stand up and be counted', Hanson Brick is now successful in the prefabricated walling business. It allows us to compete with alternative facade materials while protecting our interests in the most natural of construction materials.

Prefabrication is, arguably, more expensive, but there are projects and circumstances in which this form of construction will provide definite benefits.

In the Maccreanor Lavington housing project in Holland, our technical experts illustrate the successful use of glued mortar. Here in the UK we are currently involved in the first project of its kind to use glued mortar and look forward to featuring this in a later edition.

Sustainability is an issue that concerns us all. It is important that we consider the lifecycle behaviour of our products and how new construction methods using traditional products can save on other materials. Similarly we look at how we can help to reduce the vast quantities of raw material we utilise daily, as well as ways in which we can successfully recycle our own products.

Finding solutions to many modern construction issues is equally important. By using our products in different ways, we can help to solve many design problems, and our technical teams continue to research and test to provide the answers you need.

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