13th Jun 2019
Brick Making Workshop - London Festival of Architecture 2019
As part of this year's London Festival of Architecture, we partnered with leading brick and clay tile manufacturers, Wienerberger and Keymer, to run a brick and tile making workshop in our London Bridge showroom.
The festival theme for 2019 is 'boundaries', with a core programme of events across the whole of June, selected to bring together and engage the local architectural community and the wider public. Bricks form the boundaries of our buildings and have been the most popular facade material choice for thousands of years.
A large group of individuals, including local architects and the general public, attended our London Bridge showroom on Monday 10 June to learn all about how bricks are manufactured. The presentation, led by our own brick and stone specialists, examined the history of Smeed Dean and the London stock bricks. Originating in 1812, George Smeed collected town ash and mixed it with local chalk and brick earth to create the original London stock bricks that went on to be used on many prestigious London buildings such as Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and the original Crystal Palace.
The group were then given the chance to create their own personalised facing bricks, clay tiles and clay figurines, with demonstrations led by clay roof tile manufacturer Keymer. The products have now been sent off to be dried and fired in a traditional brick kiln and will be returned to attendees to keep. The sold out event was a huge success with fantastic feedback from all!
We partner with UK and European brick manufactures to supply a comprehensive range of bricks to suit the requirements of your individual project designs. As well as traditional facing bricks, we supply long format and special shaped bricks as well as precast, prefabricated and lightweight brick components.
To find out more about the other events we are running this month as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019, click here.
To find out more about our brick ranges, click here.