Aggregate Industries has successfully supplied Masterblock concrete blocks to two prestigious retirement developments including Wixams Retirement Village in Bedford, a £44m scheme to build 230 apartments alongside a range of communal facilities.
For main contractor Galliford Try Partnerships, one of the requirements when building the complex was making it as energy efficient as possible in line with U-value criteria between 0.22-0.23 W/mk, and ensuring a high strength build. Aggregate Industries suggested a solution which achieved the required U value and included the supply of 38,000m² of MasterLite Pro, a lightweight concrete block designed for thermal efficiency and manual handling considerations.
Pressed and engineering bricks
Following extensive development, Imperial Bricks has introduced a new range of pressed and engineering bricks. The 3”/75mm bricks — Accrington Smooth Red, Blue Engineering and Manchester Pressed Red — can be used to match existing brickwork or surrounding properties for RMI and new build in the North and Midlands.
Available from stock, the bricks are described as a viable alternative to hard-to-find and expensive reclaims. The company also claims that with extremely low water absorption and high compressive strength, this is a strong and durable brick suitable for all applications, including very exposed conditions.
Developed to add strength and flexibility to monocouche through-coloured renders, SAS Europe has launched GoMesh render reinforcement mesh. The product has a pressed weave and an alkaline resistant coating that prevents loss of performance over time, whilst its flexible lattice of woven glass fibre strands is embedded into wet render to help prevent render cracks and give the façade strength and flexibility.
While GoMesh has been developed for use with the GoRend through-coloured one coat render product, the manufacturer says it can reinforce any render with confidence. The firm also offer five grades of ProMesh reinforcing mesh for use in construction.
Red Multi stock bricks
To help satisfy demand for red multi bricks, particularly in the renovation and new build housing markets, Weinerberger has expanded its brick product offering with the launch of two new clay facing bricks, featuring flashing in buff, blue and black tones to add character and create an attractive blend of colours.
The Lingmoor Heather offers a traditional and subtle blend of colours with the clean lines of a modern wirecut brick, making it ideal to fit alongside existing brickwork on renovation projects. In contrast, Capelwick Multi is a moulded stock brick with a soft texture, hearting and dark spotting.
The multi-million-pound expansion of Forterra’s Desford plant in Leicestershire will see the facility produce an estimated 180 million bricks a year on completion, with the company claiming that it is set to become the biggest brick factory in Europe as production doubles by 2022.
Enabling the company to ensure that more bricks will be available to the market in the future, Forterra’s Butterly Brick is currently being used by Ginnis New Homes in development of 30 three and four bedroom homes at Deer Park, Derbyshire. Darren Farnan, Marketing Manager at Deer Park, said: “We have been impressed with the quality of Forterra’s Butterley Bricks and, even though work is set to be completed at Deer Park within the next 12 months, we would like to work with Forterra on future projects.”
Hanson Multicem’s tough paper packaging has turned blue to help customers differentiate between the (blue) paper and (red) plastic bags on offer. The new blue paper bags are said to be 50% stronger than traditional paper cement bags, halving the risk of snags and tears and helping reduce mess and waste.
Multicem is described as a high quality, high performance air-entrained packed cement suitable for use in concrete, mortar, render and screed, and offers improved workability and resistance to frost.
Anderton Concrete has re-launched its website to showcase its new brand identity with the easy-to-navigate site offering visitors the opportunity to explore the company’s product range with ease, as well as being able to specify and learn about product sizes through its new description and specification section, which is featured on each product page.
The website also offers a Stepoc calculator to simplify the specification process and eliminate unnecessary wastage on jobs, with an option to convert to a PDF for quotations.