Teague Homes chose Forticrete's Hamstone split-face textured masonry blocks to create a traditional theme for a development of luxury apartments in the heart of Edinburgh. The blocks provide a cost-effective and durable alternative to natural stone, while emulating the aesthetics of neighbouring Victorian properties. More than 4000m2 of Forticrete's masonry blocks were used for the development of 184 apartments.
The blocks complement the local vernacular of riven or split natural stone extremely well. Concerns over the availability of natural quarried materials encouraged the use of man-made alternatives that minimise environmental impact while offering a cost-effective design solution. Forticrete's advanced production processes enabled improvements in dimensional tolerances, making site work easier. In addition, water-repellent admixtures were incorporated into the blocks to reduce water absorption and penetration. The admixtures are incorporated in the constituent mix design and are an inherent feature of the blocks even after cutting, splitting or texturing of the surface.
The improved ability to repel moisture accelerates the drying process after wet weather, thereby reducing the adhesion of atmospheric dirt particles. A further benefit was that since initial suction of moisture from the joints is reduced, curing of the mortar was improved without any loss of adhesion.
OWNER AND CONTRACTOR Teague Homes
ARCHITECT George Gilbert Associates
EXTERNAL MASONRY BLOCKWORK Forticrete
PRECAST SUPPLIES Breton Precast
READY-MIXED CONCRETE Tilcon (Scotland)
CEMENT Blue Circle Cement
ROOF Marley Tiles
STAIRS/FLIGHTS Sterling Precast