Why Build With Masonry?
Mike Leonard, Director of the Building Alliance, outlines the benefits of building with traditional brick and block construction.
Masonry construction offers an extensive range of cost-effective solutions for buildings of all types and is preferred by a massive 93% of homeowners.
Masonry is designed and built to last at least 150 years making it truly sustainable. Manufactured from responsibly soured local materials and produced in the UK, masonry products are installed on site by skilled operatives creating massive employment opportunities.
Masonry is safe, non-combustible and highly cost-effective and flexible, offering a 15% saving compared to timber frame. Bricks and blocks, wall ties and mortar are all available off-the-shelf from builders’ merchants allowing projects to start immediately. This avoids the long lead times associated with other building systems which may be imported from overseas and have higher carbon impacts.
Innovative and quick-to-install reinforcing bar couplers from Ancon replace time-consuming lapped joints and minimise reinforcement congestion in the gigantic concrete superstructure of Europe’s tallest building; the 87-floor, 462m high helicoidal Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburg.
Ancon is pleased to announce it has become one of the first businesses to transition its Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHS) to the new International standard ISO 45001:2018.