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York Handmade plays pivotal role in stunning London mixed-use development

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has provided thousands of high-quality bricks for a stunning new London mixed-use development.

This lucrative commission was worth £200,000 for the Alne-based firm, one of the leading independent brick-makers in the country.

York Handmade’s specially-manufactured bricks are a pivotal feature of the exclusive Lancer Square development in the heart of Kensington.

This flagship 146,000 sq ft building is one of the largest and most prestigious residential, office and retail developments in the West End to be completed early next year.

Lancer Square is managed on behalf of Malaysian developer, Bellworth, by development managers CIT and has been designed by London architects Squire & Partners.

It is split into four blocks, three on one site hosting 36 prime residential apartments and a separate block on Old Court Palace with 14 affordable homes. It also comprises a new Grade A office building with shops and cafes on the ground level and a public courtyard.

Guy Armitage, the managing director of York Handmade, commented: “This was an incredibly prestigious project for us and a great honour to provide so many bricks for such a landmark building in the heart of London”.

He explained: “It was crucial that the bricks we provided fitted in seamlessly with the magnificent Kensington Palace, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, which is just a few hundred yards away.

“Altogether we provided 150,000 bricks in two different colour blends, one red and one brown. Their colour and size reflects Kensington Palace perfectly.”

Christian Fink of Squire & Partners said: “Our design for Lancer Square is a contemporary interpretation of the architectural character found within the Kensington Palace Conservation area.

“Drawing inspiration from the site’s horticultural past and its royal neighbours, the textured brick façades and vertical window proportions create connections with Kensington Palace whilst celebrating traditional and contemporary craftsmanship.

“The two-tone brick selection was inspired by the varying brown and red brick found at Kensington Palace. Combined with full height windows, horizontal stone banding and brick columns, the historic design of the Palace has been translated into a contemporary elevation,” he said.

York Handmade has recently completed a number of other high-profile commissions in London. These include: London Bridge Place, The Shard, Carmelite House on the Victoria Embankment, One Molyneux Street, Highbury Stadium and Highgate School.

Guy Armitage added: “Our acclaimed work in London means that our reputation as a premier brick supplier in the capital for both residential and commercial developments is gathering its own momentum. We are currently working on two other exclusive developments, one in Mayfair and one at Kings Cross, so the future looks bright.”