Oaklands - EH Smith



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Part of the Old Oak Common regeneration area, this £175 million mixed use regeneration project delivers 605 new homes, 40% of which are affordable.

All corner apartment balconies are attractively quarter circular, defining the smoothly rounded aesthetic of these fairly exposed buildings. The black and brown semi glazed bricks echo the railway engineering brickwork of the surrounding area and exhibit an attractive sheen which enhances the curves.

EH Smith worked with CZWG from the early stages of design to identify a palette of bricks which would achieve the design intent, in particular finding a factory that was able to produce the volume of special ‘radial’ bricks which were required for the smoothly rounded corners of each building.

Working through the dual challenges of Brexit and Covid-19, we supported the scheme by stocking some of the products at our purpose built distribution centre on the outskirts of London.

Location: London

Architect: CZWG Architects

Contractors: Vistry Partnerships


“Sinter glazed bricks accentuate the sleek and elegant forms of the buildings, further emphasised by the radiused special brick corners. The dark lustrous brickwork and strong curved forms are reminiscent of the Victorian railway engineering structures to be found in Old Oak Common and across London. A paler engobed brick contrasts with the two dark tones, providing definition to the various buildings.”

- Adam West Director, CZWG Limited