Forterra Keeps Ahead Of The Construction Curve With Launch Of Innovative Surebrick System.

13 January, 20

Leading masonry manufacturer Forterra has launched a cutting-edge brick slip system ideal for use in a range of construction and architectural projects, furthering the company’s commitment to developing modern construction methods for today’s market.

SureBrick is the most advanced brick slip system available to date. It offers unparalleled features and benefits without the risks or limitations of previous brick slip systems, combining inbuilt advantages – the system is lightweight, non-combustible and slips are mechanically retained – with practical benefits including extensive architectural flexibility; simple, flexible installation; and cost efficiency.

In terms of its versatility, SureBrick is suitable for use in all new build and refurbishment projects, from public or high-rise buildings to volumetric modular construction. It can be fixed to a variety of backing wall types including steel framing systems, timber frame and concrete.

From a design perspective, the system is compatible with any 65mm frost-resistant brick and can easily incorporate traditional brick detailing and brick coursing alignments. Projects that require brick matching with local product types or existing buildings can also be accommodated. These thousands of design variances provide the scope for remarkable flexibility and individuality for architects and design teams.

When it comes to the system’s technical properties, SureBrick is the result of extensive development and rigorous performance testing, ranging from exposure to thermal and weather cycles, to fire, impact, corrosion and wind load resistance.

Richard Willetts, Forterra’s Head of Design, Technical Services and MMC, explains:

“SureBrick has been comprehensively researched with the input of architects, specifiers and clients, enabling us to develop a brick slip system fully in line with the requirements of the construction sector today.

“Whilst existing systems are ideal for domestic buildings and architecturally simple constructions, SureBrick goes higher in every sense: tested for extreme exposure and fire safe, its application offers unprecedented flexibility.

“Alongside the system itself, we provide a dedicated support service from conception to completion, encompassing design assistance, installation training, delivery and a contact for onsite advice.”

In terms of SureBrick’s onsite advantages, it is simple to install, removing the need for highly-trained construction workers and can be adjusted to accommodate site tolerances. The mechanical fix eliminates long-term risks relating to poor installation and weather. Moreover, the system renders buildings windproof and watertight early in the construction programme, contributing to a faster and more cost-effective build process overall.

Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive of Forterra, says:

“SureBrick is an outstanding example of the pioneering work we’re doing at Forterra to develop increasingly sophisticated, modern methods of construction. This system offers an exceptional range of design and implementation options, direct solutions and indirect benefits as standard.

“Alongside our brick, block and clayware ranges, and with our accompanying technical and support services, SureBrick strengthens our provision of the total product solution for the UK construction market.”

For more information about Forterra, please visit You can also follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram via @ForterraUK, or subscribe to the Forterra YouTube channel.

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