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Kitfield Avenue, Middlewich, Cheshire

Challenge

To thermally upgrade  and refurbish a number of old, costly-to-heat, solid wall properties to reduce heating costs and eliminate damp issues. The properties were located within an avenue of mixed social housing and privately-owned homes, and it was important that the visual balance of terrace architecture was maintained.

Solution

The client chose Ibstock’s Brickshield® system to upgrade and re-clad the front elevations, as this offered outstanding thermal performance and an authentic brick finish to maintain the aesthetic of the terraces. As well as the benefit of a striking as-new appearance, Brickshield® has helped to extend the life of the properties and increased the external wall u-value from the previous 2.02 W/m2K to an impressive 0.33 W/m2K, improving living conditions and significantly reducing energy bills for residents. Voted ‘Best Refurbishment and Renovation Project’ in the 2012 Brick Awards, this impressive project has provided a template for similar projects in the town.

 

Client: Plus Dane Housing Association

Architect: 

Brick Type(s): Brunswick Farmhouse Mixture

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