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Article Date: 27th June 2017

Wienerberger’s Brick used on Award-Winning London Housing Development

Hindman’s Yard - Wienerberger Brick - Brick Cladding - Facing Brick

Wienerberger - Hindman’s Yard

Nestled in a quiet, residential area of London’s sought-after East Dulwich is the award-winning Hindman’s Yard. Previously frequented by artists and craftsmen, the former industrial yard is now home to four newly built family homes of cutting edge design.

To conserve the rich industrial history of the site, the material palette for the redeveloped yard was carefully considered by architects, Foster Lomas. A new brick cladding by Wienerberger was chosen to contrast with the existing untouched perimeter walls and the surrounding urban dwellings of industrial red and yellow London brick stock houses with rough garden walls.

Two variations of Wienerberger’s Forum Smoked Prata facing brick were utilised: the first, a standard 215 x 102.5 x 65mm, to set out the module for the facades; the second, an identical solid brick, hand cut and laid on site. The bricks selected provide a subtle differentiation in texture and a softer, more consistent colour, making them suited for modern architecture where a colour consistency is required.

Inspired by the traditional eaves of the neighbouring Victorian houses, the Wienerberger brick was used to create a dog-tooth detailing which has been used as a motif throughout the project and incorporated into the patterned steel entrance porches. Completed with a bespoke white sand mortar, it defines proportion and gives variation within the facades, whilst maintaining the simple material palette of the site.

Lee Pauls, Category Product Manager – Wall, commented:
"We’re delighted that Wienerberger’s Forum Smoked Prata brick was selected by Foster Lomas to be used on this ground-breaking project. At Wienerberger, we always aspire to support regeneration projects that we consider to be an asset to the local area. To see our construction materials transform a neglected space into a desirable dwelling of outstanding design has been hugely rewarding. This project in particular highlights the versatility of our bricks, used innovatively to create a truly unique design."

BDA Winner 2016 of Best Small Housing Development, the project successfully demonstrates the potential to transform a derelict space into a contextually driven, high-quality example of sustainable architecture for residential use.

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