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The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has played a significant role in a stunning new North Yorkshire residential development.

The Easingwold-based firm, one of the leading independent brick-makers in the country, supplied specially-manufactured bricks for a state-of-the art barn development at Manor Ridge Barns, Slingsby, near Helmsley.

The bricks have helped to create a brand-new home, designed by acclaimed London and Suffolk-based architects TAS Architects, for property renovator Charles Saggers.

York Handmade provided Slingsby bricks and Bullnosed Brick Specials, which were used on the curved-edge pillars of the development.

Christophe Spiers of TAS Architects explained: “This was a tremendously exciting design challenge, converting a series of listed agricultural buildings to create a sustainable new family home. York Handmade’s bull-nosed bricks were perfect for this purpose and blend perfectly with the original bricks of the old barns.

“Set on a spacious site in the pretty village of Slingsby, a cluster of listed farm buildings have been lovingly restored by Charles and his brother, Will, to create a new family home. We linked the existing barns with new interventions including frameless glass links and a ‘floating’, weathering steel clad extension.

“A mix of traditional building methods and off-site manufacturing were brought together successfully to achieve a material-rich, contemporary aesthetic which works sympathetically with the historic buildings.

“We are proud to have helped to create a welcoming family home with intimate living spaces and flexible entertaining areas.  The finished buildings are highly insulated, with triple glazed windows and an MVHR system, and benefiting from a biomass boiler - fuel for which is being grown on site for future use,” explained Mr Spiers.

Alun Nixon of York Handmade commented: “It has been a privilege to play a part in creating a really fantastic family home.”

Homeowner Charles Saggers has worked in property renovation for most of his adult life but, ironically, he never seriously expected to build his own home.

He explained: “It was only when my wife Clare and I were looking to move back to North Yorkshire from London with our two young children that it actually entered my head.

“After a year of fruitless house hunting we stumbled across a cluster of derelict farm buildings that were for sale near Helmsley and instantly saw the potential. It was such an exciting collection of buildings. There were so many different shapes and forms and building materials. We couldn’t get it out of our heads.”

“The biggest highlight of the project for me has been incorporating traditional building materials into the scheme, creating a contemporary space but with a firm nod to the site’s agricultural heritage.”

He added: “I would like to thank TAS Architects for working with us in transforming our dream into a fantastic reality.”

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York Handmade Brick has excellent credentials in supplying bricks to high quality self build homes. Choosing the correct cladding for your property is vital to achieving the appearance for the house that you have in mind. By using a genuine handmade brick you can ensure the building has all the charm and character of traditional buildings of the past. Our Maxima Range of long bricks are in strong demand for self builds of a more contemporary design.
York Handmade Brick have the capability to either replicate or make to design bricks of all shapes and sizes in a variety of colours and textures to match or create the product required. We are fortunate enough to have manufactured bricks for several award winning heritage projects conserving the glory of the buildings for generations to come.
Our Maxima range or long format bricks have been in great demand in commercial and public type buildings. We can make these bricks to the architects specification in terms of size, colour, texture and shape as we have in the jobs shown in this gallery.