RIBA CPD Showcase

Stone, brick and mortars

The very building blocks of our industry, brick and stone has moved with the times. Here is just a small selection taken from the huge collection of 'brick and stone'-related CPD materials available from the RIBA CPD Providers Network. Explore via the links below or in the search bar above. Most seminars are now available online, but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest, do click on the link and check.
This seminar covers the history of handmade brick manufacturing and usage in the UK, from its origins in Roman times to the present day. The versatility and durability handmade bricks as a building material makes them more relevant than ever. Topics covered include: how bricks were made historically and how they’re made today; the benefits of using handmade bricks in the modern built environment; and, the use of handmade bricks in modern methods of construction and off-site building scenarios.

Six generations of brick making experience have helped place the York Handmade Brick Company at the forefront of development in clay technology and design. Today, the business is still family-run and based near York. As the manufacturer of over four million handmade bricks each year, York Handmade Brick offers an unrivalled choice and inspiring variety of traditional and contemporary bricks to complement any project.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
A comprehensive discussion on the correct way to specify stone. Includes case studies illustrating the criteria for suitability, new machinery that allows stone to be fabricated in ways that enable specification on more diverse projects, and new technologies in stone care and maintenance to make stone specification more practical.

Exploring the world of stone can feel like entering a maze. That’s why Stoneworld helps architects specify the right stone for their projects. From one-off staircases to seven tonne statues, Stoneworld helps transform unique ideas into reality. Stoneworld offers a wide range of natural stone and porcelain paving, copings, ornamental and feature items, walling stone, rockery stone, gravels, interior flooring and more. Its bespoke masonry services include stone cutting and carving, water-jet cutting, edge profiling and porcelain cutting. Our on-site masonry workshop uses the latest technology to satisfy all your design ambitions.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Seminar, by Imperial Bricks
A guide to making the best brick match choices for your clients. Includes information on how to establish brick properties, remedies for matching aged and weathered brickwork, brick blending, economical colour correction, additional brickwork aesthetic considerations (including lime mortars), and use of brick slips in cosmetic and external façades. Also features interactive case studies.

Imperial Bricks is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of the finest traditional handmade, wire-cut and pressed bricks in imperial and metric sizes. Using time-honoured manufacturing methods, its skilled brickmakers expertly reproduce authentic colours and textures, making its bricks perfect for restoration and renovation work, while also offering an authentic look for new-build projects. All Imperial Bricks undergo rigorous testing and are fully CE Marked to meet the required British standards.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Seminar, by James Mossman Ltd
Examines the use of a traditional material, but in a modern context. Covers: the aesthetics of brickwork; different manufacturing processes; colour, texture and design detailing using brickwork; different bond patterns; technical properties; and, basic aspects of correct workmanship.

James Mossman provides a unique service to the building industry, sourcing bricks for customers at sensible prices. It identifies products from around the UK and Europe. From one-of-a-kind residential projects to huge urban developments, James Mossman prides itself on delivering first-rate customer service and communication.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
Find out more about clay bricks, their history and the different types of brick available. This seminar examines the factors to consider when specifying bricks and the effect those choices can have on the overall appearance of a build.

Includes advice on the sustainability credentials of clay bricks, how to shortlist suitable bricks for use in specific areas, how mortar colour and joint choices can change the overall appearance of a project, the importance of movement joints and what materials to use with them, and different bond patterns and use of special shaped bricks to produce greater visual impact.

As Britain’s brick specialists, Michelmersh Brick Holdings Plc embodies the best in clay tradition. Producing over 125 million handmade and machine-made bricks and pavers each year, the group represents seven of the most recognised premium brick brands in the UK and Europe. Using modernised production methods that emphasise sustainable building solutions and adhere to stringent production requirements, Michelmersh guarantees high quality product standards with a low ecological footprint.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
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