The Name’s Bond….Flemish Bond!
It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the banks of the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire. Brickwork is climbing steadily and the roofs on phases 1 and 2 are nearing completion. Visually the structure hasn’t changed too much, except for some of the finer details which are now coming into fruition.
With the original bungalow on the site once described as an “unfortunate addition to the street scene” in a Conservation Area Character Statement, our clients were keen to reinstate a building much more sympathetic to the residential road lined with historic houses in which it lies.
One way to do this was to replicate some of the period features of the neighbouring properties. Our original design by architect Fiona Russek of Artifex Conservation Architects, included an ornamental form of bond known as Flemish Bond dating back to the Georgian period. This technique is now widely used on new buildings in conservation areas to provide character and break up a monotonous Stretcher Bond which is typically seen on modern cavity walls. This distinctive design is created by laying alternate stretches and headers in a single brick course. The next course of bricks is laid so the header sits above the middle of the stretcher course below.
The façade on the front of the house, now complete with door and window openings shows the Flemish finish off beautifully. Not only that, but our brickies’ have also expertly incorporated this design with the corbel detail and brick arch of the main front entrance. We think you’ll agree, the finished results are going to be stunning and our clients and their visitors to this home will receive a grand entrance!