Definition of blockwork in English:



  • [mass noun] Blocks of concrete, cement, or similar material in a wall or other structure.

    • ‘These options are more expensive than brick and blockwork but the construction industry believes the savings in terms of time, labour and productivity make them cost effective.’
    • ‘I consider it would be impracticable to cut the openings and form proper brick and blockwork reveals and inset cills in these low bonded walls.’
    • ‘Both houses are conventionally built from a double skin of blockwork, with a cavity, and stone cladding to the exterior, plus partial weatherboarding.’
    • ‘In any event, even if they did not actually know that the same lightweight blockwork walls had been specified throughout, they could have found this out with little difficulty.’
    • ‘It may be possible to repair the concrete framework around the window and door openings but the infill blockwork is likely to be beyond reasonable repair.’
    • ‘The house in the River Bride valley was built six years ago with rendered blockwork, and is arranged mainly on one floor.’
    • ‘The heavy blockwork walls and ceilings, and the beaten earth floors provide thermal mass and reduce temperature fluctuations.’
    • ‘Their prices begin at €50 per square metre, which buys a simple trompe l' oeil wall finish, such as stone blockwork or wooden panelling.’
    • ‘The perimeter cavity walls of the building, face brick outside, plastered blockwork inside, exhibit slight but widespread cracking at many locations.’
    • ‘Much everyday architecture (at least on the European continent) is created out of stucco on insulated blockwork walls.’
    • ‘The coloured blockwork of the first style was retained, but the impression of relief was supplied by painted shadows and highlights.’
    • ‘Councillors agreed with advice from officials that the location of the buildings, constructed of blockwork and dark-stained timber boarding, in an isolated rural area harmed the landscape.’
    • ‘Ireland and Britain has always had a brick and blockwork tradition because of a lack of suitable timber and relatively cheap labour.’
    • ‘Glimpses of the underlying complexities of a facade of ducting and painted blockwork are revealed in the upper levels when viewing the building from the Vulture Street corner, particularly at night.’
    • ‘The external walls of the flats are rendered blockwork.’