STUNNING NEW CONTROL TOWER BUILT FROM UNIQUE YORK HANDMADE BRICKS
The award-winning York
Handmade Brick Company has played an important role in the creation of a
stunning new airfield control tower at Brackley in Buckinghamshire.
York Handmade, based at
Alne, near Easingwold, supplied 100,000 specially-made bricks for the hexagonal
control tower at Turweston Airfield.
The contract is worth £130,000
for York Handmade, one of the leading independent brickmakers in the UK.
York Handmade were
approached by David Owen, owner of Turweston Airfield, after Mr Owen had seen
York Handmade’s impressive Maxima bricks at the base of the iconic Shard
building in London.
David Armitage, chairman of
York Handmade, commented: “It was a tremendous honour to be asked to provide so
many bricks for such a prestigious project. The new control tower at Turweston
is an exceptional building, utterly at home in its surroundings.
“Our long thin Maxima
bricks, which are becoming increasingly popular, provide a distinctive and
sensitive look. It was crucial we got this look right, otherwise the new tower
would have looked utterly out of place in its distinctive airfield environment.
“It was especially pleasing
that our bricks at the Shard, of which we are very proud, led to this
prestigious order. It is often forgotten that the Shard is not just made of
glass! The bricks there are a great advertisement for our work, right in the
heart of London,” said Mr Armitage.
Owen explained: “In selecting bricks for this important project, I was looking
for a buff colour. In my search I looked
at several new buildings and when I saw the Shard base, I felt it was as close
as I was likely to get to what I wanted.
I was under the impression that the bricks were imported, so when I found they
were made in England, that was a bonus. I was also worried about batch
variation and particularly the making of specials, as we were building a
hexagonal building and wanted to recess the windows and doorways. I also wanted
the long, narrow Roman-style brick,” explained Mr Owen.
was very pleased to discover, when I contacted Ted Ward, York Handmade’s area
agent, and subsequently visited York Handmade at their headquarters, they were
able to provide exactly what I wanted. I did look at other manufacturers but
most were not interested in specially-made bricks; they were just maximising
new control tower, which also comprises offices, a flying school and a café, was
designed a hexagonal building to reflect the triangle of land lying within the
three original Second World War runways at Turweston.
Owen added: “We couldn’t have been happier with the results and the process
couldn’t have been easier. The building has been extremely well-received and
the level of our business has increased. Thank goodness for well-run family
businesses like York Handmade”.