EWI and clay slips

Design brick facades without height restrictions or the need to build them traditionally using our A1 accredited EWI and fired clay brick slip system.

Our newly designed EWI system is fully non-combustible and comes in all colour tones, smooth and sand-faced textures through to handmade type finishes. The range consists of both UK and European brick sizes. Equally, if there is a requirement to use a particular clay brick, we can have these cut as slips. Our system allows creative and often expensive detailing and design to be achieved without the extra associated costs. Deep seated window heads and reveals, stepped levels around elevations are all standard within our system.

St Vincent’s is a modern, six-storey student accommodation block. The design by HCD Architects required a system that had to be flexible enough to accommodate a stepped feature to the masonry façade. Aliva UK’s detailing provided a solution using two thicknesses of clay slips – 15mm & 25mm to create a stepped detail inline with the architects design intent.

Delivery of the works and the chosen system had to take into account the proximity of neighbouring 19th Century St Vincent’s Church, which is Grade II listed and has been fully refurbished as a communal student facility within the overall site development.

The redevelopment of this central site into contemporary accommodation for up to 700 students required a complete renewal of two 1960s brutal concrete tower blocks. In addition to transforming the aesthetics of the building, the client needed the new façade to be installed from top to bottom in accordance with the original programme schedule.

Aliva responded with an Ariacovering system, consisting of 4,500 sqm of aluminium face panels backed by a honeycomb core and complemented by EWI and a 14mm clay slip. The clay slip system enhanced the rainscreen systems using a smooth cream brick which integrated with the dark grey aluminium to provide aesthetic contrast.

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