Education Building


The Sheffield Hallam University project (Sheffield) was designed by Bond Bryan Architects. Limetree Building Ltd acted as Dark Multi Smooth bricks by Forterra.

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. The project demonstrates great versatility for teaching and study. Perimeter teaching spaces above first floor level are faced with translucent cast glass cladding which is the principal feature of the Arundel Street frontage. 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.

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.