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    Award-winning Sydney college building features PGH bricks

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    Bricks from PGH Bricks & Pavers were selected by the architects involved in the design of Brigidine College's Performing Arts and Science Building in St Ives, Sydney. The building recently won the Excellence Award for Ornamental/Landscape Brickwork from the Masonry Contractors Association, as well as the Category Award for Private Schools Construction ($10m+) at the Master Builders Association Awards.

    Operating as an independent Catholic girls’ high school, Brigidine College prides itself on being a forward-thinking and progressive place of learning. The College appointed Fulton Trotter Architects to design a master plan concept for the school to continue providing state-of-the-art facilities for its students. The master plan takes its inspiration from the school motto ‘fortiteretsuaviter’ or 'Strength and Gentleness'.

    The new Performing Arts and Science Building, which is part of the master plan, displays this 'strength and gentleness' in equal proportions through its distinctive exterior. PGH bricks including Gledswood Blend, Concord and Chocolatto have played an important and essential part in helping communicate this design intent. The choice of the brick palette was inspired by the remnants of Duffy Forest, a prominent feature at the front of the college grounds.

    The building structure uses two subtle and contrasting PGH bricks, predominantly Chocolatto bricks with a single band of Concord, both laid in a stretcher bond.

    PGH bricks have also been installed in the soft landscaping and gardens, a key feature of the College's architecture. PGH Gledswood Blend dry pressed bricks are used to reinforce the 'gentleness' of the school motto, with organically shaped brick walls forming planter beds around the outdoor spaces. These distinctive feature walls also double as seating areas for social interaction.

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