Extension to period building using handmade bricks

Norham Gardens is an impressive historic residence located in the North Oxford Conservation Area.

Originally built in 1873, the detached house was divided into eight flats in the 1950s and has recently undergone significant restoration work in order to return it to its former glory as a family home.

Brickwork and detailing

Riach Architects appointed Northcot Brick to supply handmade bricks in an imperial size from our ‘Tudor Restoration’ range in order to create a seamless four-storey extension at the rear and an elegant orangery at the side of the property, ensuring its future as a family dwelling in one of the most important Conservation Areas in the country.

The handmade bricks were made using traditional bench mould techniques that have hardly changed over the centuries, which were then fired in one of the last remaining coal fired kilns in the UK in order to achieve an instant maturity.

This project won Best Use of Brick at the Build It Awards 2013.

 Why Northcot?

Douglas Riach, Director of Riach Architects said: “The success of this project owes a great deal to the quality and the sympathetic appearance of the new brickwork.

“The required alterations needed to be as subtle and unobtrusive as possible in order to preserve the architectural integrity of the building. We looked at several alternatives, but the ‘Tudor Restoration’ range from Northcot Brick perfectly complemented the tone, texture and character of the existing brickwork”.

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