Clay bricks are continuing to make their architectural mark with the design of significant buildings.

A prime example is the Narellan Library and Community Space, in NSW.

Viewed by outer western Sydney councils as setting the style for a revitalised town, the L-shaped building features a library, youth centre, meeting rooms, community offices and staff areas.

Stephen Pearse, Group GSA’s design director – designers of the project, said, “You can achieve good, crisp lines with brick. It is also durable, inexpensive and a cost effective construction system.

“The Narellan Library and Community Space sets a precedent for future quality developments in the region.”

The project utilises Austral Bricks’ Bowral Murray Grey and Bowral Blue dry pressed bricks, single cant shaped bricks and extruded Universal Commons.

Proven in Australia’s tough climatic conditions, the company’s dry pressed bricks are renowned for their long lasting quality and inherent strength.

Brett Ward, Austral Bricks NSW marketing and regional manager says technical assistance is available for specification of the company’s brick range.

“For major projects we can produce specially shaped dry pressed bricks and we are happy to work closely with designers to achieve the best architectural results. Our range is more extensive than ever and includes Colourbrick, a revolutionary new brick colouring system.

“Our technical experts can also advise on the thermal mass and long term sustainability of clay bricks to assist in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Latest research at Newcastle University is proving the effectiveness of thermal mass. Bricks are a building product for a better environmental future, in addition to a whole range of other benefits such as noise reduction, low maintenance and durability,” Brett Ward says.

A premium product for any building project, Bowral dry pressed bricks by Austral Bricks are made to last, using time honoured techniques, fused with modern technology.