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We’ve re-branded!


Welcome to our new look website. We hope you like it? We are proud to have shared the launch of our new identity and brochure in London with many of our past and current clients in December 2016 and are delighted with the many positive comments. We welcome your feedback and if you haven’t already done so, please register for our newsletter and we will keep you updated with our product development, award-winning projects and general Aquarian news.

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Aquarian are delighted to announce they have an award winning update

21 JULY 16

Congratulations to our clients Henley Homes and Hill Partnership after winning more awards on schemes using Gebrik!

Henley’s redevelopment of Lilian Baylis School in Lambeth, which was designed by Conran & Partners, and Hill’s The Scene in Walthamstow, designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards, were both winners at this year’s Housing Design Awards. The Scene was 2016 Winner of the London Sustainable Development Commission Award for Sustainable Higher Density.

As they continue to rack up the awards we are immensely proud to have supplied our Gebrik Insulating Brick Cladding System on both schemes and are delighted to be continuing to work with both developers on other schemes in London in the hope that our award winning streak continues!

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Aquarian Cladding Celebrates Built Environment Awards

9 JUNE 15

The new Apley House administration building at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath has scooped two awards at this year’s South West Built Environment Awards, winning both the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Value’ award categories.

Designed by architects SRA, the building’s brick façade is clad in the Gebrik Insulating Brick Cladding System, supplied by Clevedon-based (for local media) Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd.

Bath-based SRA’s design incorporates the panel-based Gebrik system into its own innovative Öppen building method, delivering a staggering 40% reduction in build time and 15% reduction in capital costs when compared to traditional construction methods. Öppen has provided the hospital with a durable, flexible and cost effective building that elegantly responds to both its current and future purpose.

Commenting after the Awards ceremony, Aquarian Cladding’s Managing Director, Paul Richards, said: “Naturally we are delighted and very proud to have been part of such a successful project - it is not often that a project wins an award for both innovation and value! Our congratulations go to everyone involved in the scheme at the RUH and to the whole design and construction team.” 

Approximately 650m² of Gebrik in a VS70-00 cream finish to match the adjacent Bath stone buildings was installed by specialist cladding contractor CRL Facades in just eight full working days. This rapid installation contributed significantly to the speed and cost savings achieved by the build programme, as well as reducing the amount of disruption time on site and enabling the new facility to be opened and used within four months of starting on site.

The judges’ citation in the Innovation Award category praised the project for having used, “a whole team approach to bring together all the specialist expertise needed to develop a building system fit for the 21st Century” and went on to comment on the construction method itself: “Prefabrication, flat-packed delivery and site assembly reduces the need for skilled labour; and repetition provides opportunities for continuous improvement. As a result, clients get better quality, lower costs, and greater long term adaptability, in two words: Better Value."

In the Value Award category, the citation contained fulsome praise for the project: “The winning entry is truly exceptional. It is a project which has demonstrated that by questioning all factors involved in developing and constructing a building, new and more economic solutions can be introduced.”

The project embraces the principles of Construction 2025 and when officially opening the building, the Government Chief Construction Adviser, Dr Peter Hansford, said: “This is the start of a new age of building in the UK to ensure the targets of Construction 2025 are met.” The project has also been selected as a Cabinet Office Trial Project for 2025, reflecting the exceptional value in time and investment that has been delivered by the design and construction team. 

This is the eighth year that the Built Environment awards have been held, during which time they have become firmly established as the premier awards for the construction industry in the south west. Run jointly by the Chartered Institute of Building and Construction Excellence, the awards recognise and celebrate best practice in the region, with each of the winning projects going on to compete in the National Constructing Excellence Awards.

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Aquarian Cladding Appoints New Sales Manager

16 APRIL 15

Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd, sole UK supplier of the Gebrik Insulating Brick Cladding System, has appointed Jazz Binney to the position of Southern Area Sales Manager.

Jazz brings seven years’ industry experience to the role, having previously worked with one of the UK’s leading specialist cladding contractors, LSC Facades.

Commenting on the appointment, Aquarian’s Sales Director, Julian Venus, said: “Jazz joins us at an exciting time in the company’s development, with some real momentum building in the use of the Gebrik brick cladding systems across a wide range of sectors and throughout the UK.

“Bringing considerable product and market experience to Aquarian, Jazz will be working with architects, main contractors and sub-contractors throughout London and the south east.”

Jazz added: “Having worked with the team at Aquarian for a number of years, I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such a professional, experienced and committed team. I’m now looking forward to meeting and working with our customer base in the south and to developing even more opportunities for the business.”

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Aquarian Strengthens Sales Support Team


Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd has appointed Roger Inglis to the position of Senior Sales Coordinator, with responsibility for providing the crucial link between the company’s expanding sales team and its internal customer service functions.

With over 30 years’ external sales experience gained in the construction industry, Roger is ideally placed to provide the high levels of support that Aquarian’s customers and sales team require – and to handle any enquiries professionally and accurately to meet customers’ specific needs.

Commenting on Roger’s appointment, Aquarian’s Managing Director, Paul Richards, said: “I am delighted to welcome Roger to the business. He brings a wealth of sales knowledge and expertise, having worked in senior positions for organisations such as Redbank, Firfix and most recently, Brick Fabrication, a supplier of brick slip solutions to the housing sector. His extensive industry and product understanding will be a great asset to our business, with Roger able to apply 30 years of field-based experience to deliver market-leading levels of office-based support.

“As the business has expanded rapidly over the last eighteen months, we have been determined to continue to deliver the same high levels of service and support that has underpinned that growth. It is therefore vital that we recruit experienced professionals to key positions and whilst Roger is our most recent recruit, he will by no means be the last, as we continue to strengthen our position as the UK’s leading supplier of brick cladding systems.”

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Gebrik System Awarded BBA Certificate


Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd announced today that the wide range of applications of its Gebrik Insulating Brick Cladding System has been recognised by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) with the inclusion of an additional product sheet within its existing BBA certificate 07/4403.

The new product sheet covers the use of the innovative brick cladding system onto lightweight steel frame systems (SFS), timber frame and structural insulated panel (SIP) systems up to a height of 18 metres, and for use on SFS over 18 metres in accordance with the recent successful BR135: Annex B fire test, carried out at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). This is in addition to the certification for use onto clay and concrete masonry buildings, which has been held for over 10 years.

The system was subject to rigorous evaluation by the BBA across a range of factors, including thermal performance, strength and stability, behaviour in relation to fire, the risk of condensation and durability. The certificate confirms that when correctly installed, used and maintained, Gebrik satisfies or contributes to satisfying the relevant requirements of the Building Regulations (in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), the CDM Regulations (2007) and the NHBC Standards (2014).

Upon receiving the certificate from BBA Chief Executive Claire Curtis-Thomas, Paul Richards, Aquarian Cladding’s Managing Director, said: “As the UK’s most recognised independent assessment and testing authority, the BBA is respected throughout the industry so we and our manufacturing partner Isosystems are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this addition to our certificate.  

“Gebrik is the only off-site manufactured, insulating brick cladding system to be backed by a BBA Certificate, reinforcing its position as the best-tested system on the market. The BBA award follows earlier successful testing of Gebrik both for weather-tightness with the CWCT and fire performance with the BRE.”

Already proven in a wide range of education, residential, commercial and healthcare applications throughout the UK, the Gebrik insulating brick cladding system delivers significant operational, performance, construction and aesthetic benefits. For more details, visit call the company’s support team on 0844 334 0077.

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Aquarian Cladding Expands Sales Team


Following a sustained period of significant growth, Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd, sole supplier of the Gebrik Insulating Brick Cladding System in the UK, has further strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Tony Masters.

With many years’ experience working in the external wall insulation, cladding and contracting sectors, Tony will take responsibility for sales of the company’s systems in Northern England.

Commenting on the appointment, Aquarian Director, Julian Venus, said: “We are delighted that Tony has joined the company. Not only does he bring considerable experience of our market sectors, but also a wealth of knowledge on the issues of sustainability and modular construction. Tony is a great addition to our professional sales team, sharing our desire to consistently exceed customers’ expectations and our enthusiasm to deliver first class construction projects; I am looking forward to introducing him to our northern-based clients over the coming weeks.”

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Aquarian Unite again on old Bristol Ice Skating Rink

19 AUGUST 14

Aquarian Cladding have been awarded an order to supply specialist cladding contractor Metclad Contracts Ltd with approx. 2400m2 of Gebrik in its new FE01-50 Red Multi to be used on the latest Unite student accommodation building in Bristol.

The 442-bed development is on the former Bristol Entertainment Centre at Trenchard Street and features the removal of the existing ice rink to be replaced with 9 stories of brick cladding to blend in with the adjoining brick-clad student accommodation building (also owned by Unite). The new building also features a courtyard and will be sitting over the existing 02 Academy, which remains open for business below the structural podium. Consequently, main contractor RG Group and their architect Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, faced a challenge to satisfy planning requirements for a brick façade, whilst keeping the loadings to the existing podium to a minimum. They also needed to ensure completion of the project in time for the start of the new student intake and minimise the inconvenience to the visitors to the O2.

After careful evaluation, Gebrik was selected for use with an additional 60mm layer of phenolic insulation onto sheathing board, applied to 100mm light gauge steel framing, filled with mineral wall - achieving a U value of 0.21W/m2K. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015 in time for the new academic year In September.

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The name's Bond, Flemish Bond

13 JULY 14

With spectacular views over central London from the heart of Knightsbridge, Lowndes Square is the site of two new penthouses by developer Dwyer Property. Built on the roof top of the existing six storey apartment block at 1-19 Lowndes Square, the construction of the new penthouses required a modern, lightweight solution, with the build further complicated by the fact that the existing mansion block remained occupied throughout the entire project.

With a traditional brickwork façade essential for the development, Gebrik provided the ideal solution, with specialist cladding contractor CCS Facades completing the installation of 514m² of Gebrik in just eight weeks. The lightweight material was fast and easy to install, with the three Gebrik finishes selected by architects MSMR providing a match to the brickwork of the existing building and those surrounding it. Marking a first for Gebrik in the UK, and to match the building’s existing façade, the architect specified Flemish Bond, the most recent addition to the Gebrik range of bond patterns which is available in both 215 x 65mm and 215 x 50mm formats.

The entire solution was simple and straightforward to both deliver and construct using the Gebrik system and both the client and architect were delighted with the end result - the project once again demonstrating Gebrik’s ability to deliver a high quality, lightweight brick cladding solution with a fast and predictable build programme.

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Gebrik successfully fire tested for use above 18m

19 JUNE 14

We are delighted to announce that Gebrik has passed the Building Research Establishment (BRE) fire performance test for application to a light gauge steel framing system in accordance with BS8414-2 and BR135:2013 Annex B classification

The performance criteria for the BS8414 test is to determine fire spread away from the initial fire source and the rate of fire spread. As stated in the BRE document Fire Performance of External Thermal Insulation for Walls of Multi-Storey Buildings (third edition), “…If fire spread away from the initial source occurs, the rate of progress of fire spread or tendency for collapse should not unduly hinder intervention by the emergency services”. The performance of the system was therefore investigated and evaluated against the following three criteria:

·         External fire spread

·         Internal fire spread

·         Mechanical performance

This means that Gebrik meets Building Regulation B4, which requires the external walls of a building >18m to adequately resist the spread of fire where (in any building) the cladding system and materials must conform or exceed the regulation definition for limited combustibility (or better) or alternatively the wall construction must meet the provisions of BR135. Likewise external wall cladding less than 1m from a relevant boundary should conform to the same requirement.

For a copy of the report please click here

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Gebrik and Öppen… a healthy combination for Bath’s Royal United Hospital

22 MAY 14

Aquarian Cladding has recently been awarded the contract to supply specialist cladding contractor CRL Facades with approx. 600m2 of Gebrik in VS70-10 for use on a new facility to be built by H W Pollard at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The new building is part of the Bath Royal United Hospital Trust’s overall masterplan and its initial purpose will be to house the Information Management and Medical Records departments. However the trust knows from experience that the building will probably be put to many uses over its long life therefore it has been designed by Bath-based architects Stubbs Rich to be readily adaptable, in addition to being economical, both in capital cost and the cost in use- and to be low energy, well insulated and include passive cooling.

The cleverest part of the Stubbs Rich design is their combination of Gebrik with their own building system, known as Öppen, which they define as ‘a real building minus the waste’ and is based on a patented combination of 5 key principles:

1.       Putting users’ needs first

2.       Lean thinking

3.       Disentangled construction

4.       Mass-customisation

5.       Durability and adaptability

The construction consists of a hot-rolled steel frame, precast concrete floors and cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall panels.  Our Gebrik cladding system will be fixed to the CLT through an additional 70mm layer of insulation to achieve the target U value of 0.22W/m2K.

The good news so far is that in open tender this method of construction was 15% lower cost than a traditional building, and it is expected that it will be 40% quicker to build.  Gebrik will be delivered in August 2014 and you can follow the construction progress at, which will be updated as the project proceeds.

Finally, the reductions in cost and time are projected to be close to the targets set out in the Government’s strategy paper Construction 2025, so the project has been accepted by Constructing Excellence as a National Demonstration Project and its construction will be monitored and published. We will be publishing the findings on our website and in our regular newsletters so ensure you subscribe via our Home page to be kept informed of the project’s success.

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Gebrik now showing at Walthamstow Arcade...

30 APRIL 14

Aquarian Cladding has recently secured the contract to supply specialist cladding contractor LSC Facades with approx. 2000m2 of Gebrik to be used on the exciting new cinema, retail and housing scheme in the centre of Walthamstow, known as The Scene at Cleveland Place.

The development will be at the heart of Waltham Forest Council’s revitalisation of Walthamstow to stimulate a thriving evening economy and will have 5 restaurants and retail units, a nine screen, 1200-seat cinema complex to be run by Empire Cinemas and 121 new homes.

Aquarian Cladding worked closely with project architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and developer Hill Partnership to develop a bespoke brick finish to help achieve the design brief of a ‘metallic’ brick façade, which has unusually been designed to be used on the curved façade in vertical ‘portrait’ stretcher bond. Technical involvement was also required to ensure that new homes warranty provider NHBC would include the Gebrik system in its New Homes Warranty.

Deliveries of the SR13-91 Silver Engobed start in late May 2014 and phased completion is anticipated from late Summer 2014.

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Top Marks for Aquarian Cladding on old school site...

13 MARCH 14

We are delighted to announce that we will be continuing our excellent relationship with award –winning housebuilder Henley Homes by supplying Gebrik for use on their 149 apartment scheme on the old Lilian Baylis school site at Lambeth in South London.

The approx. £60million scheme was designed to planning stage by Conran and Partners, who have sensitively kept many of the brutalist features and open spaces of the original 60s-built Grade 2 listed school building to produce a mix of one-, two-, three- and four- bedroom apartments on the 3.2 acre site.

Deliveries start on site in Spring 2014 and we will be supplying approx. 2000m2 of our FE00-70 Vascu Geo Merleso and 1800m2 of our FE12-53 Galena Cerasi Maritimo to be applied to a light gauge steel framing substrate. The scheme will be warranted by Premier Guarantee and phased completion is anticipated from late Summer 2014.We are delighted to announce that we will be continuing our excellent relationship with award –winning housebuilder Henley Homes by supplying Gebrik for use on their 149 apartment scheme on the old Lilian Baylis school site at Lambeth in South London.

The approx. £60million scheme was designed to planning stage by Conran and Partners, who have sensitively kept many of the brutalist features and open spaces of the original 60s-built Grade 2 listed school building to produce a mix of one-, two-, three- and four- bedroom apartments on the 3.2 acre site.

Deliveries start on site in Spring 2014 and we will be supplying approx. 2000m2 of our FE00-70 Vascu Geo Merleso and 1800m2 of our FE12-53 Galena Cerasi Maritimo to be applied to a light gauge steel framing substrate. The scheme will be warranted by Premier Guarantee and phased completion is anticipated from late Summer 2014.

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