FORTICRETE MASONRY PRODUCTS
KIVETON PARK STATION
YORKSHIRE S26 6NP
Tel: 01909 775000
Fax: 01909 773549
Suppliers of: MASONRY blocks ARCHITECTURAL MASONRY Cast Stone BLOCKS Concrete Glazed BLOCKS Polished MASONRY Precast Units Glazed concrete blocks STONE Reconstructed stone LINTELS Cast Stone
For decades, one company Forticrete Masonry Products has led the creative and technological development of Concrete Masonry. Continually pushing back the boundaries, to create products which not only have structural integrity but which create the highest quality finishes. Forticrete’s manufacturing capability includes producing standard and bespoke products which can be used to create very intricate detailing in Masonry.
Masonry blocks & decorative facing blocks:
A comprehensive range of decorative masonry blocks & facing blocks available in a wide choice of finishes and colours as Fairfaced, Textured, Split, Polished and Glazed, which are aesthetically effective as the internal or the external leaf of a masonry wall. There is also a broad range of shapes and sizes to enable creative designs.
Textured Masonry adds a natural weathered appeal to the classic masonry finish and is available in 18 colours.
Emulating the rugged appeal of natural hewn stone available in 18 colours.
A range of polished Masonry products that create various grades of finish on any building. Forticrete’s range includes Medici – a striking, distinctive polished marble effect, Venezia - a subtly burnished finish, and Florentine - a subtle polished finish. There is a wide range of colours available in the polished products.
Astra-glaze blocks are a glazed finish Masonry product suitable for use on any type of building. Available in different sizes and a vast range of colours. Astra-glaze offers ultimate design flexibility.
Offers Designers and Clients a very flexible range of designs and products.
Further technical information is available on the Forticrete Website or on the BPi Download Library.
DLA Architecture specify Forticrete masonry for Blackpool 6th form
Decorative Regency Ashlar masonry blocks, Quoins and Copings from Forticrete, the UK's leading manufacturer of masonry products, have been specified for the redevelopment of Blackpool Sixth Form College, which provides advanced level education for 16-19 year old students across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.
The stunning college boasts state of the art facilities, including a new theatre with adjoining performing arts spaces, a learning resource centre, and new teaching provision for departments including Sciences, Maths and English. As architects for the project, DLA Architecture specified Forticrete's Regency Ashlar masonry in Bath colour, with the aim of creating a modern, crisp looking building which reflected the college's aspirations to support modern teaching practices and meet the needs and expectations of its pupils.
Stephen Hepworth, Associate at DLA Architecture, commented: "It was essential that we specified bold and contemporary products that provided a sustainable, cost-effective alternative to natural stone guaranteed to stand the test of time. Forticrete's decorative Cast Stone Ashlar blocks ticked all the boxes, and helped deliver the modern and stimulating finish we envisaged."
Alan Lloyd, Vice Principal Resources & Information Systems at Blackpool Sixth Form College, commented: "We are committed to providing our pupils with the ideal environment that they can not only work within, but ultimately enjoy and excel in. Following our extensive programme of redevelopment, the new campus does exactly that."
The design of the college boasts a natural palette of cast stone and timber which contrasts with the crisp clean lines of metal and glass panels. Repeating heavy cast stone 'fins' provide an earthly presence, anchoring the built form firmly to the ground, with lightweight infills of glass, metal and timber providing suitable counterpoints. In addition, the crisp lines of aerofoil blades to the critical elevations provides a level of modest concealment and solar shading. A landscaped buffer to the front of the college offers a soft natural setting for the new campus building whilst contemporary landscape interventions are created in the extensive courtyard for easy access across the site and social gathering spaces.
Forticrete Regency Ashlar is manufactured from high grade limestone and sandstone aggregates that have been chosen for their known performance and reliable quality. The cement, pigments and waterproofing agents all conform to their appropriate British or European Standard.
Forticrete Regency Ashlar is created from a homogeneous mix, without using a 'backing' material that ensures no undue stresses are built up within the unit. The major technical performance characteristics of Regency Ashlar exceed the requirements of BS 1217 and the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association specification.
Forticrete Masonry blocks in a Splitface finish
Forticrete's concrete masonry blocks in a Splitface finish have been specified for the extension of a striking one bedroom, ground floor Victorian flat in Herne Hill, South London.
Situated on the main route that connects Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and West Dulwich, the bold extension converted the property into a two bedroom flat, utilising simple but characterful materials, providing a large, flexible space at the rear of the existing property.
Nimi Attanayake and Tim O'Callaghan, Co-Founders of Nimtim, commented: "Materially, the palette was driven by a very tight budget but also a brief to be bold and playful. For the exterior, to add a new modern layer to the traditional architecture of the property, we specified Forticrete's Splitfaced architectural masonry in Ivory - an extremely cost-effective alternative to natural hewn stone. The blocks highlight the new addition yet still references the existing property's masonry characteristics and the variety of texture in the original London Stock brickwork."
Forticrete's Dense Concrete Masonry blocks are manufactured using up to 45% recycled content, depending on the product selected. Part of the company's ECOBLOCK range of masonry, these decorative concrete facing blocks are available in various finishes, profiles and a wide variety of exciting colours to ensure that architects and specifiers have access to an array of sustainable yet attractive solutions that will help make any building stand out from the crowd.