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University challenge for Remix

Bristol-based contractor Cowlin Construction chose Remix Dry Mortar to provide factory produced dry silo mortar to the Streatham Campus project at the University of Exeter.

The £27 million contract, due for completion in Spring 2011, involves Cowlin providing a three-storey academic building and student accommodation comprising 517 rooms, laundry and other ancillary facilities. The project is for INTO University Partnerships, who operate study centres for international students with leading universities in the UK.

The scheme has been designed by Exeter architects Lacey, Hickie and Caley and the Remix technical department has worked closely with the design team to ensure the right mortar selection to complement the masonry units being used. The client chose designation i & iii natural yellow mortar for below and above damp proof course applications respectively. The mortar was supplied via five 35 tonne-capacity silos to cater for the 490,000 Ibstock Chaley Stock facing bricks and the 546,000 Glendinning 7n and 10n 100mm dense concrete blocks.

Cowlin project manager Andy Mitchell said “We have an excellent relationship with our customer INTO and are well aware of their stringent specification requirements and timescale demands. Sourcing factory-produced dry silo mortar from Remix ensured correct mix proportions, colour consistency and continuity of production which has helped our sub-contract

bricklayers Karline and IMBC to deliver the masonry element of the project to our satisfaction and ultimately our customers.”

Remix commercial manager Mark Leverson commented “We are grateful that Cowlin have recognised that factory-produced mortar is best suited to meeting the requirements of BS EN 998-2 in accordance with the contract specification for mortar on this project. We are delighted to have been able to lend our support to them on this prestigious, high profile development where in excess of 1400 tonnes of dry silo mortar has been supplied.”

Further information or access to any photographs contact Mick Russell at Mick or call 020 7963 8000.

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