Brickwork and its associated trades are historic craft based techniques but many of the finer points, subtleties and skills are being lost or ignored.

 A strong specification of materials and workmanship based on an in depth knowledge of historical factors relating to both ancient and modern materials, methods of manufacture, traditional and contemporary skills, best practice and workmanship can have a significant impact on the project aesthetically and contractually.

It can be used as a tool to create the correct environment at the beginning of a project to minimize if not obviate many problems of defects and poor quality of materials and/or workmanship.