EBM recently supplied bespoke Danish facing brick for three iconic buildings across the UK. All the bricks were coal-fired and manufactured by leading Danish brick maker Petersen Tegl and are showcased in the latest edition of the company's magazine.
The first, an eye-catching office block in Clerkenwell commands excellent views of the City from its roof terrace and is on the site of former stables for London Underground workhorses. Some 85,890 handmade bricks in 27 different formats and three special colours were used. Developed by Derwent London to the designs of Piercy & Company, all the windows are bevelled to one side and brick-clad lintels are fully integrated into the facade. It would have been impossible to create this level of detailing with mass produced bricks.
The new Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire, East of Glasgow, features protective brick clad walls with perforations allowing light into tranquil courtyards encircling a rectangular single story unit with glass facades.
Architects Reiach & Hall opted for brick walls with a tactile quality and natural colours, and a pattern combining nine different brick formats, including a number of special types.
The third featured project is the Bannockburn battlefield visitor centre outside Stirling, also designed by Reiach & Hall Architects. The brick-clad building turns inwards and is closed on three sides, like a defensive structure. The only break is a large glass panel on the arrival side.
The understated and sombre building combines two grey bricks, one almost black, one with a grey tint, in different patterns in a stacked Flemish bond. To give expression to the seriousness of the site, the brickwork pattern resembles chainmail