Staffordshire Smooth bricks from Wienerberger have been specified for a new school and nursery in Corby. Following a brief to create a school that was both interesting in terms of design and conducive to learning, as set by Northamptonshire County Council, architects Rock Townsend envisioned a facility that fulfilled these requirements whilst paying homage to the area’s industrial past.
Now complete, the structure’s brickwork goes beyond the manifestation of an appealing exterior but also provides tangible benefits to those learning within. The brickwork, which has been fashioned from Wienerberger’s Staffordshire Smooth Red and Staffordshire Smooth Blue – a product that has a blue grey patina - has a tertiary role in highlighting the site’s previous utility.
The brickwork is predominantly red whilst interjected with two meandering longitudinal bands of grey – a tribute to the site’s former role as an ironstone quarry. Internal considerations see the school’s classrooms arranged in a chevron format, forming three identifiably distinct areas representing the three key stages of education. The design also allows the associated circulation to form a series of relaxation areas for peers to socialise during free time.