The Bourne Estate, Camden, lies within the Hatton Garden Conservation area. Accordingly, the recently completed £19 million expansion and improvement project, including two new blocks of mixed tenure homes, had to be built sympathetically to surrounding buildings. A major concern facing the project’s architects was how to replicate the heritage look of the original, glazed bricks, within budget and in compliance with British Standards.
Craven Dunnill, the UK tile specialist, consulted on the project and identified bespoke porcelain tiles as a suitable solution. The company then worked with the Architect and Contractor on the tiles’ specification, sampling, manufacture and installation.
Finding a contemporary glazed brick to withstand an external environment and at a viable cost had proved impossible, which is when Craven Dunnill was brought onto the project. The company identified that porcelain tiles would meet all the technical requirements and at a fraction of the price of bricks. It then had to find a source capable of replicating the warm red tones of the original, heritage bricks and the technically demanding production of the nine different shapes of fitting tiles, both integral elements of the project.