The Birmingham University School of Engineering was a ground breaking project as the Architects wanted to create a contrast to the other buildings at Birmingham University, which are constructed in a traditional red brick which is found in the Midlands. TBS worked closely with EH Smith, the Architects and Tellings Architectural who produced the precast elements in lightweight concrete.
The brick tones of the Maranello compliment that of the Corten cladding, giving the whole building a modern aesthetic look which makes the Engineering Centre stand out from the adjacent buildings.
The brick element of the project is split between GRC brick faced units and traditionally built brickwork. The main reason for the split was due to space restrictions on certain elevations, coupled with complicated brickwork detailing which included deep brick reveals and sporadic projected brick patterns throughout the façade, which were used to break up some of the large spans of brickwork.
Please see below images of the Maranello facing brick at the Birmingham University School of Engineering.