Brick & Slate Terrazzo

Brick & Slate Terrazzo was originally developed to form countertops and worktops of a refurbished Victorian Red Brick warehouse. A traditional terrazzo mix was reimagined by replacing imported marble with recycled materials from local industry. By incorporating recycled brick and roofing slate, we transformed these familiar materials into a durable terrazzo that is suitable for a wide range of domestic and commercial environments.

Our surfaces are handmade using a traditional bench-casting process. Each mix is individually prepared, poured into formwork, reinforced with stainless steel rebar and allowed to cure for 28 days. Once a slab has reached full hardness, we grind and polish it using diamond pads to reveal its unique surface.

With every piece being made to order, we are able to offer a wide range of customisation. For the majority of projects, we produce bespoke formwork – working from drawings, digital surveys or onsite templates. This means that we cast with minimal material wastage and can accommodate a wider range of shapes and sizes than a traditional cut stone product.

We can incorporate details like hob and sink cut outs; tap holes and a range of edge profiles. By using a CNC router, we can precisely mill 3-dimensional forms and shapes from the slab, including drainage grooves, recesses, fixings and engravings.

Pressed tile

Our standard tile is 28 x 300 x 300 mm. We can produce bespoke tile sizes on request.

Pre-cast surfaces

We produce all of our pieces to British Standards for precast terrazzo and concrete. This means that there are limits on the maximum length of each cast to prevent warping during the curing process.

  • The maximum length for 40mm thick slabs is 1500mm
  • The maximum length for 45–50mm thick slabs is 2000mm

In situations where thinner slabs are required, we can reduce the above thickness by 8-10mm by saw skimming once a piece is fully cured.

Each piece is made by hand with recycled materials using a process that means no two slabs are ever exactly alike. The mixes are designed to allow the character of recycled aggregate to show through and variation in pattern should be expected as part of the quality and delight of the product.

In addition to our standard mixes, we are able to design completely bespoke finishes. These mixes can utilise our existing materials or incorporate other waste streams reclaimed from your building site or elsewhere.

We can incorporate new waste materials in two ways: firstly, we can place pieces in the bottom of the mould and combine them with one of our existing base mixes resulting in minimal processing requirements. The second option is to use the material throughout the mix in which case, they would need to be crushed and graded to <20mm to be used. This material processing can either be done by your contractor on site as part of their demolition works, or we can arrange it to be undertaken by a third party, where minimal quantities will apply.

Pre-cast Brick & Slate Terrazzo is produced to the British Standard for pre-cast terrazzo and concrete (BS 5385-5:2009). The standards acknowledge that for bench made pre-cast terrazzo, tolerances of +/- <2mm in terms of thickness, edge length and flatness/twist/bow are to be expected.

Advice should be obtained when particularly close tolerances are required due to the above guidelines being influenced by many factors. Particular attention has to be drawn to the possible difficulties created by an accumulation of tolerances. This is often why a small amount of on-site polishing is needed as part of the installation process. This is commonplace for most experienced terrazzo installers and is part of a bespoke finish.

Our standard trade price for pressed Brick and Slate Terrazzo tiles start at £80 /m2 ex VAT. This does vary depending on quantity so if you are interested in using them for your project, get in touch with us and we can give a tailored rate.

Since all bench cast pieces are made to order, we will need outline drawings or dimensions to price a project. However, as a general guideline, countertops and pre-cast surfaces are in the region of £500-600 per linear metre + VAT.

Our standard lead time is 6 weeks from when payment is received and our fabrication drawings are approved.

For UK orders, pressed tiles, smaller slabs and precast pieces are packaged onto pallets and delivered via a kerb-side delivery service. Larger countertops are delivered using a dedicated vehicle with A-frame support.

International orders are dispatched in custom built crates to ensure safe transit.

For UK projects, we can provide a supply and installation service pre-cast terrazzo.

We always recommend installation is undertaken by a contractor with suitable experience of working with terrazzo or natural stone products. Depending on site conditions, slabs will sometimes need trimming or joints polishing in and this is best undertaken by a suitable professional.

Our general recommendation is for countertops to be grouted with a colour-matched flexible mastic joint to allow for any movement in the supporting structure. 

If a countertop is being installed on a completely solid base in which there will be no movement, they can alternatively be finished with a colour-matched resin joint and polished into the adjacent surfaces onsite to provide a more seamless finish. We recommend that this option is only pursued if you can be assured of the stability of the subbase to avoid joints cracking in the future. 

Terrazzo is a ‘hard finish’ and requires little protection against wear. However, like most stone products, it needs some protection against surface staining.

Our pressed Brick & Slate Terrazzo tiles are supplied unsealed and will require sealing as part of the install process. All countertops and pre-cast surfaces are sealed with two coats of Lithofin Stain Stop Plus before being dispatched.

The sealant is absorbed into the surface, sealing off pores and hardening the surface to give excellent resistance to staining. Lithofin does not change the surface appearance and some clients choose to use an additional surface finish such as beeswax polish for a brighter sheen or gloss finish.

For regular cleaning, mild abrasive white nylon pads will give the best results, along with a PH neutral cleaning product. It is recommended that the sealant is renewed every 1-2 years to ensure the surfaces retain their original finish.

Please see our full care and maintenance instructions for further details.

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Brick & Slate Terrazzo Countertops – Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester.
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