Forticrete’s Architectural Masonry creates real kerb appeal for London renovation project

Project description

In Artefact’s design for a rear and side extension to this Edwardian terraced home in Tottenham, London, specifying materials to complement the red brick of the original house, whilst using blockwork in unexpected ways was key to the design.

To fulfil these aims, 70m2 of Forticrete’s high-density Architectural Masonry Blocks were chosen to construct an additional 10 square metres, whilst also being utilised to renovate existing areas of the home. 

Inspired by the colour and atmosphere of vernacular of Indian architecture, Artefact’s design uses exposed pigmented blockwork, which seamlessly transitions between the interior and exterior of the home. 

Throughout the installation process, which took around five months to complete, a range of intimate new areas were created, including a playroom cum study, kitchen, dining room and garden. Specified in a Sandstone Fairface finish, the architectural masonry blocks, which have a significantly low moisture intake, were also used to construct a light-filled kitchen and dining room, and an internal and external bench. The Sandstone shade of block complements the natural exposed clay plastered walls.  

Combining rich blends of natural aggregates, the concrete masonry blocks perfectly replicate the visual appearance of natural stone, whilst offering substantial cost and sustainability benefits. 

Architect Daniel Marmot, said: “We chose Forticrete blocks due to their range of colours and finishes, and the density of their blocks which allows them to be used as structure. We were very pleased with the product, and would definitely specify the blocks again’.

Forticrete’s Concrete Blocks offer a diverse range of benefits for residential extension and renovation projects as they support a significantly reduced installation time, as one block is equivalent to around six regular bricks.

The blocks also offer notable acoustic benefits, enabling architects to create unique aesthetics for both the interior and exterior, without causing any additional strain on budgets or resources.

Sean Welch, Area Sales Manager at Forticrete, said: ‘’Daniel’s project was a pleasure for Forticrete to be involved in, as he obviously had all of the industry knowledge, but also a very clear vision of what he wanted the project to accomplish and he knew how to achieve the desired balance between rough natural materials and a welcoming home environment.”

Historically specified for the exterior of commercial buildings, Forticrete’s Architectural Masonry range is manufactured from high grade limestone and sandstone aggregates that have been chosen for their renowned performance benefits and reliable quality. The masonry creates a natural, weathered appeal and combines rich blends of natural aggregates, which is suitable for both commercial and residential applications, such as the Lydford Road renovation project.

Credit: Photography by Ivan Jones