Education Building Award

Buildings entered into this category must be used in the education sector, such as schools and universities. Student accommodation and housing is not eligible but can be entered into the housing categories. Projects must substantially use clay brick and demonstrate the way in which it contributes to the  building's overall success.

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Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre was designed by Cottrell & Vermeulen. Page & Grimsey Brickwork acted as the brickwork contractor and used Heritage Red Blend bricks manufactured by Ibstock.

Brick was instrumental in the construction of the school’s Learning Resource Centre which, as an educational environment was subject to a myriad of practical considerations. As an extension to the existing library, the subtle relief patterning of a heritage red blend brick provides an understated aesthetic, which gives a distinct character without detracting from the overall flow between buildings. This was articulated by one judge as ‘blending in easily while simultaneously bringing its own unique contribution’. As well as providing an essential learning space fit for expanding young minds, brick has also been used to refocus the school’s sense of communal centre, through the tasteful use of brick archways and a new brick arcade. The quality of execution in these examples led to the judge’s summary: ‘exemplary brickwork’.

This year the Education Building Award is sponsored by The Brickability Group.

The Brickability Group is the UK’s market leader in the supply of facing bricks, paving, architectural masonry, cladding systems, natural stone products and roofing tiles. Brickability has been supplying specialist advice and superior building products to Architectural and Commercial Specifiers, Contractors, Developers, Builders and Retail customers for over 25 years.