Design by Sheffield based Bond Bryan Architects and built by Limetree Building Ltd with Dark Multi Smooth bricks by Forterra prefabricated onto Pro-Clad panels, this project has been awarded Best Education Building in 2017 at the Brick Awards.
"The locale inspired the design of this building - the grid pattern of narrow streets suggested the atrium and prevalent smooth red brick called for a match. Both concepts have been enhanced to great effect, producing a building of exceptional quality."
"At right angles to that elevation the ground level slopes down and facing brickwork become a key component of the building and its context on the other three elevations. The colour and texture of the chosen brick has been selected to match those qualities of the facing bricks of the neighbouring older buildings."
"Particular care and liaison with the manufacturer was established to ensure consistency of colour throughout production of the standard bricks and the large quantity of special shaped bricks used in decorative bond patterns that form striking textural features to selected areas of the elevations. Similar care and attention was exercised in bricklaying and a high standard of craftsmanship is evident."
Read more about the project and what the judges thought here: http://www.brick.org.uk/brick-awards/education-building-award
The Queen’s University project (Belfast) was designed by TODD Architects Ltd. Felix O'Hare acted as brickwork contractor using Lincoln Red bricks by Wienerberger which were pre-fabricated onto Pro-Clad panels.
Awarded Best Refurbishment Project in 2017 at the Brick Awards. All the narrow vertical columns and horizontal soffit return areas are clad in Wienerberger Lincoln red prefabricated onto Pro-clad panels.
"It is an ambitious project which has been successful in enhancing the site and providing a range of accommodation. The aim to replace a concrete clad building within a brick courtyard at the heart of the University has been achieved. The new building sits well within its surroundings.'
"The project relied on stripping back the existing 1960's building to the concrete frame, manipulating the frame and refitting walls, floors, stairs, lifts, services and the external skin. This has fully realised the potential of the site and the choice of brick has embedded the building within its surroundings."
"Good brickwork is evident despite the restraint imposed by an existing structure not designed for 'brick' cladding. The University was interested in a long-term solution that would benefit them in the future, thus sustainability has been an integral consideration."
Read more about this project and the judges comments here: http://www.brick.org.uk/brick-awards/refurbishment-project-award