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st johns

February 2015

Decorative Boarding and Facing Brickwork from Taylor Maxwell. Building in a conservation area guarantees extra scrutiny, but it is also a chance for architects, builders and suppliers to display their skills; unifying old and new so that both elements enhance each other.

One of the challenges presented by building 464 new student flats for Northampton University was that the St. John’s site abutts the Derngate Conservation Area in a part of the town with many buildings of historic interest, several of them listed.

A vital step in the project was satisfying planners with the mix of materials and colours to be used on the façades. And the TM showroom team managed to answer practically all of the questions and concerns of the planning and conservation officers at one meeting.

The installation of 6 different bricks types from 3 manufacturers, and 4 different colours of decorative boarding went according to plan, and the visual impact of the new accommodation blocks exceeded expectations.