Despite this trend our bricks have always been in demand, especially in quality new builds and the conservation sector. We are proud to play our part in supporting not only the heritage of the Chilterns, but of buildings of beauty around the country.
There were over fifty independent brick making companies in Buckinghamshire before the Second World War, we are now the last remaining works in the county. The virtual eradication of traditional brickyards has led to a sad decline in the local character and distinctiveness of buildings, with handmade bricks being replaced by those that are mass produced.
By focusing on quality and customer service, we are one of the few smaller scale yards to have survived a transition within the UK brick industry, which has seen the closure of hundreds of small brickworks over the last century.
Above all what makes our bricks unique is the clay they are made from. This clay, found only in the Chiltern Hills, has been used for centuries because of the beautiful colours that it lends to the finished brick. It is hard to find and extract as it is only found in small isolated pockets thus making very large scale brickmaking impossible in this area.
Timber I-Joists should be protected from the elements and particularly protected from excessive exposure to moisture. They should then be installed internally.
£6.55 / metre 60x400x12000mm
£5.80 / metre 60x240x12000mm
Straw bales also provide cost effective sound insulation, which contributes to the liveability of this kind of construction and can be quite marked. Even walking into the space created by an unfinished strawbale structure, one can appreciate the quietness and hear the difference from conventional buildings.
Straw bales are tightly packed and covered with a skin of render. Fire can’t burn without oxygen, and the dense walls provide a nearly airless environment, so the fire resistance of compacted straw is very good. Strawbale homes survived Californian bush fires that destroyed conventional structures.
Where is the material sourced and produced?
The timber is grown across 70-80 forests in Poland, and the products are produced in two polish factories. How sustainable is it? The timber is sourced from FSC certified forests. The main timber species used are Picea Abies and Pinus Sylvestris Following manufacture in Poland, the timber products were sourced from Alsford Timber in Kent.