Guildford Grammar School's Catalyst

Posted on 02 Nov 2016

"...a timeless design that pays tribute to the past, while maintaining a fixed sight on the future."

Weather proof, age proof, natural and sustainable, we're all familiar with clay brick's impressive credentials. Now we can easily add progressive, flexible, modern and versatile to the list, thanks to Guildford Grammar School's new Catalyst Building.

Set in the beautiful grounds of the historic Guildford Grammar School in Guildford, the new Catalyst project comprises 14 new teaching rooms, 8 laboratories and new areas for IT, staff planning and Administration. The $15m project was constructed by Emco Building Company and took approximately 12 months to complete.

With the client's brief to capture the essence of the existing buildings in mind, Christou Architects and Midland Brick worked together to create custom-made bricks that visually integrate the original heritage construction with the new Catalyst wing. The result is a timeless design that pays tribute to the past, while maintaining a fixed sight on the future. 

Some of the challenging aspects of the construction were the many intersecting angles of the building. The incorporation of zig-zag corbel designs, brick lintels and penetrations on the brick surfaces to carry different types of louvers and sunshades. The greatest challenge was the construction of three cantilevers, the largest of which has an unsupported projection of 8 meters. 

"The modern design compliments the tradition of the school but creates an innovative and contemporary entry statement to the school for visitors, parents and students. With its Great Eastern highway frontage the new build is highly visible and has become a landmark building both for the school and local area." Said Headmaster Stephen Webber.

Midland Brick has been creating custom bricks for our clients for over 40 years. To find out how we can help you with your next project, talk to your Sales Representative or call our customer service team on 13 15 40.

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