Whilst the bespoke elements were a challenge and pushed the boundaries in terms of design, IG Masonry Support’s collaboration with main contractor Beard, ensured a solution that met the architect’s specific requirements. Due to the brick slip units being large, heavy and unique, IG Masonry Support made a sample to showcase how the units were fabricated. Beard visited the factory for a tour to see how the product would look and ensure it met their needs and standards.
IG Masonry Support exceeded expectations with its versatile B.O.S.S.+ (Brick on Soffit System) and Brick Slip Lintels, creating a seamless match with the surrounding brickwork.
The B.O.S.S.+ is a lightweight pre-fabricated system, which contains mechanically-fixed brick slips and is faster to install than traditional hanging brick systems. Installed to a pre-fitted masonry support system, B.O.S.S.+ allows increased adjustability along three axes. Produced off-site, B.O.S.S. offers 90% time saving onsite and negates the need for mechanical lifting. B.O.S.S.+ also removes the need for brick-cutting on-site, resulting in a quality system that is checked before it arrives on site. This BBA-certified unit is suitable for use on residential buildings over 18m above ground level and complies with the Building Regulations 2010* Approved Document B:Fire Safety.
Not only is the system versatile, it offers ease-of-installation and enables time-savings on-site. The bespoke solution offers a 70% weight-saving against an equivalent concrete product, negating the need for mechanical handling and on-site labour. These were significant benefits on this educational project in particular.
An integral part of the street scene and conservation area, this exemplary accommodation block and the presence of IG Masonry Support’s systems has ensured Somerville College’s newest student accommodation is thoughtfully planned, well-built and a sought-after place to live on campus.