Design Advice

Our Design Advisory Service provides an easily accessible resource to help create design solutions for architects, designers, specifiers and contractors designing and building with our clay cladding products.

Our network of Design Advisors are architectural professionals with experience in practice, and will be delighted to help you create effective and innovative solutions for all types of building projects. Each Design Advisor has access to advanced CAD technology enabling designs to be viewed in full 3D, producing a range of options for the designer to consider.
This unique service includes:

  • Design ideas for Ibstock Brick and Ibstock Kevington’s range of innovative walling solutions such as Fireborn, Tilebrick, Linear and Brickwork Components
  • Assistance with the design and specification of pre-cast and pre-assembled component solutions
  • Written and verbal advice on construction, workmanship and good site practice
  • Site visits to advise on technical aspects of brickwork and cladding construction
  • On-site training for contractors on workmanship and good site practice
  • Presentation of a comprehensive list of RIBA approved CPD seminars
  • Recommendations on detailing and associated components including DPC’s, mortars and movement joints.
specialist brick manufacture technical support

We work with the RIBA regional offices, providing support and assistance for local events. The Design team work particularly closely with the schools of architecture in the regions, informing and educating future architects on the versatility and longevity of fired clay products.

The Design Advisory service is certified to ISO 9001: 2015


Innovations in Brickwork

This presentation is designed to provide information on the innovative products that Ibstock Brick has introduced, providing details not only on what benefits the innovations can offer specifiers and their clients, but also how they can be used in work.

Innovations included are Fireborn (large format bricks), glazed bricks, Tilebrick, rainscreens, pre-assembled, Linear and precast brickwork, and more.

innovations in Brickwork with Fireborn, glazed bricks, Tilebrick and precast brickwork
Achieving Quality Brickwork with Ibstock brick

Achieving Quality Brickwork

(RIBA CPD approved)

Many people within the construction team are responsible for the acceptance of brickwork and in many cases the brickwork is judged on ‘how it looks’ and not ‘how it actually is’. Achieving Quality Brickwork looks in detail at the requirements of relevant Codes of Practice and their implementation in the construction of the cavity wall. Both good and bad examples of cavity walling will be shown to illustrate the need to properly supervise brickwork during construction.

Designing for Movement

(RIBA CPD approved)

This seminar looks at the essential considerations that must be given to brickwork to accommodate movement – the largest contributor being expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature. How this movement is accommodated, together with materials for movement joint fillers and sealants, is discussed with illustrations of both good and bad examples.

Ibstock Brick Awards Submission
modern and stylish building that was built from Ibstock handmade bricks

An Introduction to Brickwork

(RIBA CPD approved)

This presentation has been designed to provide information on the basic principles of brickwork for those new to specifying brickwork, or for those requiring a ‘back to basics’ refresher. The presentation addresses different techniques of manufacturing bricks to provide a variety of finishes and appearances. Durability, mortar and the importance of setting out to brick dimensions are covered, along with an overview of PC’s, basic principles of movement and also the use of special shapes. It concludes with a look at some of the innovations in clay that Ibstock Brick has to offer.

Durability of Brickwork

(RIBA CPD approved)

The presentation outlines the key design considerations and applicable criteria to maintain long-term durability and satisfactory appearance of brickwork. It looks at exposure, British Standards, correct brick selection, mortars, jointing etc, together with the necessary detailing of dpc’s, cavity trays, parapets and copings to produce durable brickwork.

a building built from Ibstock curved decorative bricks

In addition to the above CPD Seminars, factory tours are available

brick manufacturing factory

Factory Tour

(RIBA approved)

Ibstock Brick has 19 factories nationwide and the tour, which can be held at any factory, follows the manufacturing process from start to finish.

Within the group a variety of processes can be seen ranging from traditional hand-making and clamp firing through to extruding bricks and the latest tunnel kilns.