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Sheffield Hallam University

Charles Street Sheffield Hallam University - Forterra Building Products

Bond Bryan Architects were appointed to develop Sheffield Hallam University’s Charles Street project after winning a national design competition. The project brief was developed by a shared collective vision between the client and Bond Bryan of creating a landmark building that encourages and supports innovative forms of teaching and learning.

Brickwork is a key component of the building and its context, Bond Bryan approached the design and detailing of this element as an opportunity to interact with the adjacent listed building, by creating a contemporary reflection of the existing brick detailing. Working alongside Forterra, Bond Ryan have utilised a pattern of projecting headers with single and double cant brickwork to create depth and address scale and massing. Aesthetically this particular brick was suggested and promoted to reflect the traditional red multi brick appearance of the heritage buildings adjacent. Additionally, the nature of the detailing within the brick facades demanded a brick of a highly durable and robust nature.

At early pre-contract stage Bond Ryan worked alongside the specialist suppliers to look at the various practicalities with the shapes that formed the patterned detailing. This early understanding of the project enabled them to manufacture the bricks in an optimal manner to assist in achieving appropriate distinction in the details. All bricks for the project were made bespoke and reserved against a schedule of requirements submitted by Limetree Brickwork Contractors.