Forticrete launches new cast stone Regency Textured Ashlar blocks
Forticrete, the UK's leading manufacturer of architectural masonry products, has added a new textured finish to its popular range of cast stone blocks. The new Regency Textured Ashlar has been developed to replicate a natural Ashlar Stone with a decorative treatment consisting of small grooves, better known as a 'Mason's Drag'.
John Lambert, General Manager at Forticrete, commented: "Forticrete was tasked with seamlessly replicating the texture of the existing natural stone finish of the centrepiece to a development of a luxury retirement village in Derbyshire, originally built in the 1820s, which carried a strict requirement by the local planning authority, originally calling for the use of natural stone. Forticrete developed a unique textured 'masons tooling' finish for the face of the Forticrete Regency Ashlar block. The high quality finish makes it extremely difficult to differentiate between the natural and cast stone.
"We've since seen an increasing number of architects and specifiers searching for cost effective, yet sensitive alternatives to natural stone, so we took the decision to include the textured block as standard in our portfolio."
Boasting the same architectural properties as natural stone at a fraction of the cost, the new Regency Textured Ashlar range is available in all standard Ashlar sizes and colours, with bespoke sizes and colours available on request.
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.
The 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 EN 771-5:2011 and are CE marked where appropriate, BS 1217 and the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association specification.