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Remix stands up to sports science centre test

Bracknell-based bricklaying contractor, Rosedale Brickwork, chose Remix Dry Mortar to supply factory-produced dry silo mortar to the new Sports Science Centre building at the Chelsea Academy, Lots Road, London.

Under main contractor Wates Construction, Rosedale’s £1million contract involved constructing the masonry element of the five-storey building that will provide classroom accommodation to replace temporary accommodation located in nearby Hortensia Road.

The scheme has been designed by London-based architects Archial Group. The Remix technical department has worked closely with the design team to ensure the right mortar selection to complement the masonry units being used. Remix has supplied two 35-tonne capacity mortar silos containing hydraulic lime mortar to cater for the 300,000 65mm Mystique facing bricks and 75,000 100mm Hanson Fenlite and Stowells medium density 7N blocks being used.

Rosedale managing director Lee Mackin said ‘We have specified factory-produced dry silo mortar from Remix as we have a stringent specification to adhere to as well as aesthetic considerations in what is a striking building. Hydraulic lime mortar is being increasingly used in new build work and will accommodate slight movement in the building caused by settlement or thermal shock without cracking This enables unsightly expansion joints to be eliminated helping to create unbroken sweeping brick and block elevations. The Remix material has sympathetically complimented the facing brickwork and its use has allowed the architects to realise the vision they anticipated at design stage’.

Remix commercial manager Mark Leverson said: ‘We are delighted to be associated with this project and help Rosedale bring the masonry element of the contract in on time, to specification and within budget and to vindicate their decision to use a factory-produced mortar over other methods of providing the material on site.’

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

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