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Ibstock Leads the Way for Inspirational Schools

Ibstock Brick is right at the heart of three innovative and striking new school buildings in London, Northampton and Birmingham. Brick used in school building designs as it is versatile, durable and sustainable as well as low in cost and maintenance.

Ibstock, United Kingdom, December 18, 2009 --( Ibstock is putting bricks right at the heart of educational buildings of the future, with three inspirational projects in London, Northampton and Birmingham, which are leading the way in innovative school design.

Ibstock’s Berkshire Orange stock range of bricks has been used in the construction of a striking new music building for Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith.

The new school building, which was kept simple and economical in design using in situ columns and flat slabs, was announced the supreme winner at the 2008 brick awards. Judges praised the choice of brick for its warm colour and soft texture, which helped to give the building presence without overwhelming the site.

A mixture of Ibstock’s Melton Antique Blend and Staffordshire Slate Blue Smooth were used at Upton Meadows Primary school in Northampton, which is the first school in the country to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM assessment (provisional), the highest attainable level.

The school’s front entrance courtyard uses a wide range of materials and contrasts, showing radial paving and curved slate banding, with solider stack bonded brickwork incorporated into the front elevation and patent glazing hanging out over the main entrance.

Standard bricks were also used to create the sweeping curves of the serpentine wall, which appear to be floating and glow blue at night from a light underneath.

The existing grounds of Percy Shurmer Primary School in Birmingham were dominated by hard, uninspiring and disjointed spaces. The school wanted to transform its external grounds to create environments which would encourage learning and better connect the school building to the outdoor space.

This was achieved by creating a mini town landscape of individual spaces of architectural quality lined upon the existing site axes to create a context for the school building. A series of ‘outdoor rooms’ were created to encourage exploration, risk and innovations, including a brick hut square play area.

Consisting of three structures, the brick hut play area was designed with Ibstock, utilising its popular cheddar red brick, and featuring an igloo, a bottle hut and a stepped circle. Each feature provides a different sense of enclosure and sound distortion, and together they create a striking entrance to the playground.

Andrew Halstead-Smith, marketing manager at Ibstock, comments: “Creating beautiful, warm and inviting schools across the UK, brick is versatile, durable and sustainable, as well as low in cost and maintenance, making it the perfect choice for architects looking to create educational buildings with presence and appeal.

“It is very encouraging that designers, developers and local authorities are following the principles of good building design and construction, and using brick to ensure the long life of their investment.”

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Andrew Halstead-Smith
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