The Project – University of Buckingham Academic Centre & What the Architect had to say

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University of NBuckingham Academic Centre

Architect: Feilden+ Mawson

Using Blackstone Weathered

‘With a feeling of permanency and robustness...’

The £8m University of Buckingham’s Academic Centre, situated at the Milton Keynes University Hospital, was completed in February 2018. Designed by Feilden+Mawson architects from their Norwich office, Partner in Charge and Lead Designer Philip Bodie, deployed Lignacite’s Roman Blocks within the design’s elevations.

‘We had previously used the block at our King’s Lynn Innovation Centre and loved it,’ said Philip, ‘so decided to use it in greater quantities at the Academic Centre to provide a strong tonal contrast to other materials used on the facades.

Feilden+Mawson were highly impressed with not only the product but feedback from their client, contractor and the brick-layers directly. In addition, the main contractors, Beard, reported that the procurement process from Lignacite to site and laying advice was excellent.

Philip Bodie, Feilden+Mawson

Other examples of how the Roman Brick has been successfully used by architects and designers can be seen by visiting ‘Projects’ on our website.

The Lignacite Roman Brick

Lignacite’s Roman Bricks are available in a range of colours, textures and finishes, offering a contemporary and flexible module for Architects and Designers.

Why Choose Our Roman Brick - The Roman Brick is either cut from our standard size block, or formed in a special block machine mould, we can therefore offer this format in all of our colours and texture combinations to create a large variety of different effects. Polished and Planished finishes allow crisp, clean lines, whilst splitting or shot blasting the product creates a softer more weathered appearance.

How it’s Made - As with all Lignacite products, Roman Bricks are manufactured from a range of different aggregates and incorporate a high percentage of recycled materials such as shell, glass and mother of pearl.

The Benefits - The Roman Brick has many benefits:

  • One hand lift
  • Double the length of a standard brick
  • Reduces labour time due to the dynamic size
  • Contemporary alternative to standard brick and block
  • Compliments materials such as glazing and wood

For further information

Samples of our blocks and Swatch Guides showing all our Architectural Facing Masonry finishes can be requested via our websites. Design guidance booklets, specifications and datasheets can also be downloaded from the Technical Library on our website.

Our 30 minute CPD covers key information for designing with and specifying blockwork, to find out more please visit or call on 01842 810678.

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