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Eurobrick at the Imperial War Museum

16th June 2021

Parkside is a new building designed and built as a collaborative and creative space for Imperial War Museums’ staff in Southwark, London. 

The three-storey building provides a flexible workspace with formal and informal meeting areas, a café and breakout spaces.

Architects Jestico + Whiles developed IWM’s vision into a striking design and Reds10, who we have worked with on a number of projects, delivered the building using the latest off-site construction techniques.

We supplied our P-Clad system along with Wienerberger Marziale bricks which were specially ordered and cut. Marziale is a brick with bright buff tones and distressed features that give it a weathered, traditional look. We supplied whole Marziale bricks for the construction of a boundary wall, along with specially cut brick slips at different thicknesses to create the relief effect.

The design of the brickwork was technically challenging, with a mixture of vertical and horizontal stretcher bond and bespoke brick soffits and sills, which we also supplied. The recessed bays were laid in vertical stretcher bond with alternating thicknesses of brick slips to create a relief effect in the brick courses. The narrow brickwork columns between the windows were detailed with corner bricks returns into the reveals. The columns were laid in horizontal stretcher bond, with bespoke vertical stretcher bond window heads and soffits and bespoke vertical stretcher bond angled sills.

It was a challenging layout and one of our most experienced approved installers, Façade Install, fitted all of the brick cladding. Some of the brick slip installation was completed in the factory and some in-situ, once the modular building had been delivered to site. Using our brick slip cladding helped this complex design become a reality and assist with successful project delivery. Our systems are adaptable and ideal for the demands of contemporary modular architecture.

The project brought together offsite and traditional construction techniques to deliver a complex modular build, with difficult site conditions in Central London. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was successfully completed in 2020. The end result is an impressive building with a level of detail that proves the versatility of P-Clad perfectly.

“The IWM project used brick slips as the external finish throughout but incorporated a number of challenging details. Eurobrick helped develop and deliver solutions to enable these details to be constructed. Reds10, the architects and client are delighted with the new facility. We have worked with Eurobrick on a number of projects and found them very helpful and responsive, providing excellent service.” Reds10

You can also view the Imperial War Museum on our Projects page.