Innovation in materials and manufacturing enables complex brick detailing with offsite quality from Keystone
Keystone provides a technically-advanced offsite solution for an extensive range of brick slip installations, including arches, panels, soffits and architectural features. The Keyslip Brick Details range, which comprises Brick Slip Feature Lintels and Lightweight Brick Headers and Sills, enables intricate brickwork detail to be carried out in a factory controlled environment. This comes as brick continues its resurgence in British architecture, and while this trend may have been restricted by skills shortages on sites, the investment in innovation by Keystone is removing that barrier.
Providing a bespoke design service, Keystone’s engineers develop unique solutions for complicated brickwork over openings. Every Brick Slip Feature Lintel is manufactured bespoke to order, ensuring that each unit is customised according to the unique size, shape and aesthetic requirements of the project. This modern offsite construction means that genuine character details can be added without significant cost increases.
Bespoke Keyslip products are frequently used in refurbishment or new-build ‘heritage’ projects, however the same process can also be used to deliver contemporary brick detailing. Keystone combines outstanding structural expertise with its patented brick slip adhesion statement to produce incredibly effective brick details.
Derrick McFarland, Managing Director of Keystone Lintels explains, “The Keyslip Brick Details range offers builders and contractors a unique way to enhance the quality of their brickwork detailing in a highly labour efficient way at a time when skills are acknowledged to be in short supply onsite. Architects and developers require high-quality finishes and this offsite solution offers the assurance that the finished brick detailing will be as designed.”
Each Brick Slip Feature unit is produced using exactly the same brick from the main project in factory controlled conditions, ensuring greater certainty for visual quality compared to brickwork built on site. This eliminates the need for specialist brickwork contractors to spend hours onsite cutting bricks to suit complicated structural openings. The finished Brick Slip Feature Lintel joins seamlessly with the surrounding brickwork.
Brick Slip Feature Lintels can accommodate a large range of bond patterns, and with segmental arches, flat arches, gothic and parabolic arches, as well as apex arches and bullseyes, the possibilities are endless.