The Keyslip Brick Details range, which consists of Brick Feature Lintels and Lightweight Brick Headers and Sills, enables intricate brickwork detail to be carried out in a factory controlled environment.
Offering a bespoke design service, Keystone’s engineers use their technical expertise to develop unique solutions to complicated brickwork over openings. Every Brick Feature Lintel is manufactured bespoke to order, ensuring that each individual unit is customised according to the unique size, shape and aesthetic requirements of the project.
Jonathan Fee, Technical Manager for Keystone Lintels, explains, “At a time when skills are acknowledged to be in short supply onsite, the Keyslip range offers builders and contractors a unique way to enhance the quality of their brickwork detailing in a highly labour efficient way. This corresponds with a strong increase in the use of brick by architects and developers who both require high quality finishes.”
From a site manager’s perspective, the time saving aspect of the product is perhaps the greatest benefit, as Tony Sanders of Gilbert Ash explains.
“It would have been a time consuming task to construct the corbelled arch onsite, whereas Keystone streamlined the process with their offsite solution. It really suits the pace of construction and looked great.”
Each Keyslip unit is produced using exactly the same brick from the main project in factory controlled conditions, offering a greater deal of certainty for the visual quality compared to brickwork built on site.
Keystone collects a consignment of brick being used onsite. This brick is then tailored to suit the client’s design and fixed to Keystone’s structural steel elements. This eliminates the need for a specialist brickwork contractor spending hours onsite, cutting bricks to suit complicated structural openings. The finished Brick Feature Lintel joins seamlessly with the already constructed brickwork.
Keystone’s patented design uses a BBA certified adhesive which interacts with a perforated steel backing plate forming a strong mechanical bond with the brick slips. The bonding process occurs in optimum controlled conditions, free from wet weather, extreme temperature and excessive dust.
Brick 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.
For more information on Brick Feature Lintels or to avail of Keystone’s free design service contact [email protected] or speak to a member of the technical team on 028 8676 218