which hire tool to cut brick?

I think the right tool for the job must be the reciprocating Allsaw. Any disk-type saw will cough up loads of dust unless it has a water cooling jet, making the job messy and unpleasant. Cut off saws cannot cut internal corners in an opening, so another tool would be required to make good.

A low-dust saw with reciprocating action is a much more pleasant tool to use, and is much less tiring to use, and I would say safer.

Used with a general purpose blades, the Allsaw will also be more accurate and less likely to run away with an inexperienced user on a vertical cut through the wall, and is lighter to use for horizontal cuts or excavation of horizontal mortar beds than disk cutting tools.

The blades cut to a depth of about 110mm - so a single skin of bricks at a time. There can be access problems cutting near to internal corners on brickwork, but that applies to both types of saw.
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Thanks for all the ideas - I'll let you know the outcome in a couple of weeks. Or if I don't post again, you'll know why... :(
That's very good of you, but unfortunately I've moved 200 miles away (I just didn't update my profile). I was near Kent too, what a shame. Thanks very much though :D
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Job done! Would have quite liked to try a power tool but gave it a go with a lump hammer and it was done in no time at all. Thanks for everyone's input. :D

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