A fine example of how precast brickwork can simplify on-site construction
No 7 Brindleyplace, Birmingham
Architect Porphyrios Associates/The Weedon Partnership
Bricks Charnwood Forest
Brickwork contractor Manchester Brick & Precast
No 7 is the latest addition to the amazing conglomeration of brick buildings in the heart of Birmingham that is Brindleyplace. Providing 85,000 ft2 of office accommodation, this serene Renaissance palace of a building has facades that incorporate precast, 215 mm thick skew-back arches over windows at first-floor level and above. At ground-floor level, impressive giant precast semi-circular arches support the building and create a pleasant arcade.
The use of structural brickwork arches with their excellent detailing and finishing, particularly the giant arches around the building, impressed the judges. They saw it as a fine example of how precast brickwork can both simplify on-site construction and set a standard for in-situ brickwork to emulate.
Sir Thomas Fairfax Bridge
Architect Cheshire Engineering Services, Cheshire County Council
Brickwork contractor Macrete
Brick Awards 2004
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