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HyBrick Science Museum Bench

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Location: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London

Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC

Brick Name: Freshfield Lane First Quality Multi - HyBrick

Architect: Unknown Works

Brickwork Contractor: Lyons & Annoot

About the project

”Innovation is the process of bringing about new ideas, methods, products, services, or solutions that have a significant positive impact and value. It involves transforming creative concepts into tangible outcomes that improve efficiency, effectiveness, or address unmet needs.”

The Brick Bench utilising Michelmersh Brick Holdings HyBrick product epitomises all the above. Brick is a product with a truly remarkable life cycle benefit but what about if brick manufacturers were able to improve the initial embodied carbon on an A1 to A3 process with some very little changes to manufacture. The Brick Bench built by Lyons & Annoot at The Science Museum in a subtle way of highlighting that brick doesn’t have to change form, or structure, or style but can change its environmental impact in such a positive way, and remain the product of choice for developers and architects no matter what level of the building process is looked at.

The Michelmersh Group is excited to showcase it’s world’s first 100% hydrogen-fired brick at the London Science Museum in the form of a unique, one of a kind HyBrick bench at the London Science Museum. Working closely with Lyons & Annoot, the HyBrick bench was created for the London Science Museum as part of its Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery. The exhibition displays opportunities for how the world can generate and use energy more sustainably to limit climate change with the HyBrick highlighting a possible future for low carbon brick manufacturing as they demonstrate between 81-84% less carbon emissions from three firings vs natural gas.

Lyons & Annoot took to the project with immediate gusto creating a unique, modernist bench. The bench was carefully constructed on site by one of Lyons & Annoots expert bricklayers, amongst other creations for the exhibit including a steam bent bamboo bench and a timber bench with cnc cut imprints.

HyBrick is an physical example of how product innovation can create a real solution to the challenges facing the clay brick industry and when combined with wider emission reduction efforts, is a manifestation of the sustainable potentional of clay brick.

The HyBrick project was part of a collaboration between a panel of expert partners, and after an introduction by Hydrogen Sussex, the consortium includes Limpsfield Combustion, Net Zero Associates, the University of Brighton, Greater South East Net Zero Hub, FT Pipeline Systems, Geopura and Safety Monitors, this represents the conclusion of the project.

Sponsored by Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC

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As Britain’s Brick Specialists, Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC unites the best in clay traditions. The Group represents seven of the most recognised premium brands across the UK and Europe: Blockleys, Carlton, Charnwood,, Freshfield Lane, Hathern Terra Cotta and Michelmersh, producing over 125 million handmade and machine-made clay bricks and pavers annually. Using modernised production methods that emphasise sustainable building solutions and adhere to the most stringent production requirements, Michelmersh guarantees high quality product standards with a low ecological footprint.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC