Over the years, modern methods of construction have been embraced by housing associations and local authorities as a fast track way to improve their housing stock. Extension pods are an increasingly popular way to upgrade existing properties. The pods are constructed off-site in factories and transported to site to be bolted onto the buildings. The advantages are clear; the impact of the weather, time on site and disruption to occupiers are all reduced.
These adaption pods often require a brick exterior, in order to achieve a consistent finish with the original houses. Traditional brickwork is not suitable in this situation, so brick slip cladding is used. Eurobrick Systems specialise in this and supply X-Clad, a lightweight cladding system, to companies constructing the pods. Eurobrick’s cladding is faced with kiln fired clay brick slips, so that the finished walls are indistinguishable from traditional brickwork. The cladding is robust and can easily withstand transportation and being craned into position. It is extremely low maintenance, has a guaranteed lifespan of at least 25 years and has third party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA). These factors, together with the fact that X-Clad doesn’t require skilled labour for installation, make it a popular choice.
John Mayes, managing director of Eurobrick says “The need for innovative building solutions, such as X-Clad, has never been greater. Shortages in housing, skilled labour and standard bricks, has meant that alternatives are being actively sought in order to keep building programmes on track.”
For more information about Eurobrick Systems and X-Clad, please visit www.eurobrick.co.uk.