Lignacite's Split and Shotblasted cream blocks were specified for Southampton's dramatic modern swimming pool. Split facing masonry has a rock-like surface with precise edges. This apparent contradiction allows architects and designers to create architectural subtleties. The contemporary design by W H Sanders and Son is further enhanced by the combination of textured split blocks and the long, smooth lines of the curved roof. This exciting mixture of facing masonry is accentuated in the ashlar design at the returns of the building.