Rathbone Market - Phase 2 using Lignacite Roman Brick
01-10-2018

The Project – Rathbone Market – Phase 2 & What the Architect had to say

Rathbone Market Phase 2 - Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration

Architect: CZWG Architects

Using Snowstorm Polished with Recycled Brown Glass and Flint

The second phase of Canning Town’s Rathbone Market redevelopment comprises 165 new homes, 12,000 sq ft of retail space, a new community building and two new public squares, one forms the centre piece of the finished scheme and permanent home for Rathbone Market, and the other a new landscaped entrance to the existing subway beneath the Newham Way.

CZWG Architects chose to use Lignacite’s Roman Brick, a much tougher cladding material of polished concrete blockwork for the ground floor areas. The Roman Brick material provided inherent strength and a smooth tactile surface at the point at which people would come into close contact with the building.

The Roman Brick has been used extensively at lower levels, including the entire subway entrance area and for the street planters. It was also used to clad one of the 12 storey tower blocks.

The chosen ‘Roman Brick’ has been made incorporating recycled brown glass and flint, adding interest and colour to the matrix and highlighting the colours of the rainscreen cladding above.

Adam West, CZWG Architects


Other examples of how the Roman Brick has been successfully used by architects and designers can be seen by visiting ‘Projects’ on our website.


The Lignacite Roman Brick

Lignacite’s Roman Bricks are available in a range of colours, textures and finishes, offering a contemporary and flexible module for Architects and Designers.

Why Choose Our Roman Brick - The Roman Brick is either cut from our standard size block, or formed in a special block machine mould, we can therefore offer this format in all of our colours and texture combinations to create a large variety of different effects. Polished and Planished finishes allow crisp, clean lines, whilst splitting or shot blasting the product creates a softer more weathered appearance.

How it’s Made - As with all Lignacite products, Roman Bricks are manufactured from a range of different aggregates and incorporate a high percentage of recycled materials such as shell, glass and mother of pearl.

The Benefits - The Roman Brick has many benefits:

• One hand lift

• Double the length of a standard brick 

• Reduces labour time due to the dynamic size

• Contemporary alternative to standard brick and block

• Compliments materials such as glazing and wood


For further information

Samples of our blocks and Swatch Guides showing all our Architectural Facing Masonry finishes can be requested via our websites. Design guidance booklets, specifications and datasheets can also be downloaded from the Technical Library on our website. 

Our 30 minute CPD covers key information for designing with and specifying blockwork, to find out more please visit www.lignacite.co.uk or call on 01842 810678.



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