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IBSTOCK Glazed Bricks Hold Hidden Message For Community Library

Beautiful highly glazed bricks from Ibstock, the UK’s largest brickmaker, have been used to create a striking library extension in Foleshill, Coventry, which is fast developing iconic status in the local community.

The library, which was originally built in 1913 is set in a residential area of the city and has improved access for disabled visitors as well as providing a valuable, additional resource to library users. The extension has created a meeting room and an events and activity room which has enabled the library to host story time and reader group sessions as well as a base for activities hosted by the youth worker based at the library.

Multi-coloured glazed bricks from Ibstock, which were vertically stack-bonded to represent library books, were chosen for the project and utilised across the entire curved back wall of the library. The array of multi-coloured glazed bricks was introduced to represent the diversity of the community. Bed joint reinforcement was used to provide structural integrity for the stack bonding and standard glazed bricks form the concave curve.

To reflect the library’s core theme of ‘imagination’, the Ibstock bricks are positioned using Morse code, with one white brick representing a dot and three coloured bricks representing a dash. The finished design repeatedly spells out the words ‘Supposing’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘What If’ across the back wall of the library extension.

Manfred Baker, Partner at Rush Davis, the project architects, commented: “It was important that the design of the building reflected the vibrancy of this multi-cultural area. By using coloured glazed bricks from Ibstock, we were able to create a design that had real meaning and represented what the library was all about - imagination.

“This is a fantastic product which has enabled us to produce a truly creative finish, which is extremely popular with both the library staff and the local community.”

Giving architects and specifiers the opportunity to develop unique concepts in design by offering a greater freedom of choice, the innovative colour® range of glazed bricks from Ibstock is available in a choice of seven vibrant gloss colours and are held in stock for immediate delivery.

Offered in standard metric 215 x 102 x 65mm bricks as glazed stretcher or glazed stretcher and headers, these bricks are simple to lay and can be used to add colour accents, details and features to regular brickwork or Fireborn large format clay blocks. For the refurbishment market, the London White is also available as a true imperial sized brick 233mm x 107mm x 71mm.

Glazed brick can be used in most masonry applications and elevations. Each product is made to exacting Ibstock quality specifications achieving the highest performance classification for frost resistance (F2) and size tolerance (T2R2) under BS EN771-1.

In addition to the standard colours, the Ibstock “Colour Select” range offers a virtually unlimited palette of colours. These can be used where specific colours are required for matching an existing building, or where a truly unique appearance is desired. They are made to order in a range of sizes up to 327mm x 100mm x 215mm, as well as common special shapes such as plinths and bullnose.

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