Welcome to Aliva Insights, a new blog dedicated to sharing expert advice, opinions and ideas on using facades and creative finishes to produce beautiful architecture.

You’ll hear from the experienced team at Aliva UK on everything from the latest developments in facade and cladding design and technology, to finding the right finishes to create stunning interiors. There’ll also be exclusive insights into some of the most exciting and innovative projects we’ve been working on.


Reports that the shortage in traditional brick supplies is causing significant problems across the industry are widespread. James Ormerod explains the role brick slips could play to combat the challenges the sector faces.


Quick to install, economical, versatile and sleek – it’s no wonder brick slips have been used by architects in Europe for the past 40 years.


In our Q&A, Aliva UK sales director James Ormerod, MD Aliva UK, shares his passion for clay, and tells our customers why it’s time to fall in love with it again.


Curves in architecture can look stunning, but they also present a unique set of challenges to create. In this post, James Ormerod, MD Aliva UK, explains how a flawless curved finish was achieved for Moneypenny’s new £15m headquarters.


The use of rainscreen cladding is on the rise in modern architecture, but what are its benefits and why are more and more architects opting to use it? James Ormerod, Managing Director at Aliva UK, explains.


Aliva UK was commissioned by architects Sheppard Robson to develop an eye-catching, 3D-effect façade in sustainable aluminium mesh that would bring vitality to hospital parking or visitors.


Aliva’s Metropolis range of paints and polished plasters has recently been used to create a bespoke luxury interior in London’s Notting Hill. This blog from the project’s Design and Build firm Create Bespoke Beauty takes you behind the scenes.


On Tuesday 17 May, Aliva UK co-hosted the AJ100 Future Leaders Seminar with The Architects’ Journal. The event offered important insights into everything from leading a team to the practicalities of setting up your own practice. Aliva MD James Ormerod reflects on the advice and debates that stemmed from the session.


Modern construction in historic surroundings brings a myriad of design and technical challenges, with planning requirements often at odds with modern building methods.


What should you be looking out for when it comes to choosing the right insulation solutions and suppliers? Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA), gives us his insights.


Tom Kitchener, Metropolis Business Development Consultant at Aliva UK, takes some time away from beautiful houses and cutting-edge retail stores to share his insights.

Building trends

With the help of Aliva’s upcoming order book, Darren Gormer, Sales Manager, predicts the key trends for the year to come.

Insulated render

James Ormerod, MD Aliva UK, explains why architects shouldn’t dismiss this flexible, cost-effective solution.

Aluminium cladding

From glittering gold to rusted steel, aluminium cladding has the ability to transform a building from the mundane to the extraordinary.